DNF | Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

As part of this year’s UK Reading Challenge, I tried to read Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. It’s a satire about 19-year old orphan Flora Poste who decides to go live with her distant relatives (or something) instead of getting a job and becoming a productive member of society. She DOES have a one hundred pounds a year income, for what it’s worth…but living on a farm in the middle of nowhere sounds more interesting. And she could always write a novel about it. Someday.

I tried really hard to read it. So hard. But…

I couldn’t do it. Maybe someday when I’m older, wiser, more mature…and can handle satire rooted in 1930s England. When that happens, I’ll come back to it, back to the Starkadders (who comes up with these names? Oh, wait–the English), come back to a bunch of cows with names like Feckless, Graceless, and other -lesses, and swarthy men that make women swoon with all their hairy manliness…[gag].

I’ll come back to it. Later. But right now, I just couldn’t handle it.

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Penguin Classics

The deliriously entertaining Cold Comfort Farm is "very probably the funniest book ever written" (The Sunday Times, London), a hilarious parody of D. H. Lawrence's and Thomas Hardy's earthy, melodramatic novels. When the recently orphaned socialite Flora Poste descends on her relatives at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm in deepest Sussex, she finds a singularly miserable group in dire need of her particular talent: organization.

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