Cold Comfort Farm

by Stella Gibbons | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780140001402 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 4/17/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, April 17, 2019
I got this fair-condition softcover at a local Savers thrift shop, and was delighted to have another release copy.

I've loved "Cold Comfort Farm" since I first read it years ago - it's a wonderfully snippy takeoff of rural-England novels full of steaming middens and dripping thatches, and what happens when a plucky young heroine decides to fix things up; a bit like what might happen if Austen's Emma visited some of Thomas Hardy's characters, as illustrated by Edward Gorey {grin}.

The story's set in not-that-different alternate universe that looks very much like the '20s or '30s, but which occasionally refers to things that did not happen - the "Anglo-Nicaraguan wars of '46", for example. This doesn't have a huge effect on the plot, but does make the reader feel even more off-balance.

If you're a fan of Thomas Hardy and other authors of gloomy/earthy/rural novels, you might find that this book prevents you from ever looking at them the same way again - hopefully in a good way, but do be warned!

There's a very funny film version of the story, relatively faithful to the book and dead-on regarding characters and setting. And the TV Tropes page has some entertaining tidbits about book and film.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Burgess Farm Rd in Dracut, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, April 18, 2019

Released 1 mo ago (4/19/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library, Burgess Farm Rd in Dracut, Massachusetts USA


I left this book in the charming Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

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