Cold Comfort Farm (abridged edition)

Cold Comfort Farm (abridged edition)

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In Gibbons's classic tale, a resourceful young heroine finds herself in the gloomy, overwrought world of a Hardy or Bronte novel and proceeds to organize everyone out of their romantic tragedies into the pleasures of normal life. Flora Poste, orphaned at 19, chooses to live with relatives at Cold Comfort Farm in Sussex, where cows are named Feckless, Aimless, Pointless, and Graceless, and the proprietors, the dour Starkadder family, are tyrannized by Flora's mysterious aunt, who controls the household from a locked room. Flora's confident and clever management of an alarming cast of eccentrics is only half the pleasure of this novel. The other half is Gibbons's wicked sendup of romantic cliches, from the mad woman in the attic to the druidical peasants with their West Country accents and mystical herbs. Anne Massey's skillful rendering of a variety of accents will make this story more accessible to American audiences. Recommended for both literary and popular collections.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 10.16mm | 45.36g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1607960214
  • 9781607960218
  • 15,089

Customer reviews

There should be a warning on this version - it is NOT the complete story but a watered down version for the American market - I'm not impressed! Christine Clarkshow more
by Kevin P Mclean
This is not the Stella Gibbons version of this book but has been re-worked by Anne Massey. Stick to the penguin version and don't be taken in by the pretty purple cover!show more
by Amber Hawken