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  1. Synopsis: When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last twenty years. But Flora loves nothing better than to organize other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas, "Cold Comfort Farm" (1932) is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time. A very, very funny novel! Confronts the evident melodrama of the rural novel and allows for the stereotypical characters to be transformed by Flora and made into individuals.
  2. I've been meaning to read this for ages! She's quite well known for her fan - fiction. Thanks for bringing it back to my attention!
  3. Good idea, might have to give it a go! Not long now!
  4. I totally agree David, if there's any background music it gets to the stage where i'm just re-reading the same paragraph again and again because it just won't sink in!
  5. I might have to buy this myself and add it to my ever-expanding TBR pile; looks like the only interesting Richard and Judy Summer Read this year.
  6. In no particular order: All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque **** Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen **** Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy ***** The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho * Hamlet - William Shakespeare **** Songs of Innocence/Experience - William Blake *** Multitudes of WW1 Poetry **** The Cure for Death by Lightning - Gail Anderson - Degatz **** Special - Bella Bathurst ***
  7. I think i'm back in reading mode - I finished The Cure for Death by Lightning, read Special by Bella Bathurst yesterday and am now re-reading Sense and Sensibility - yay for Jane Austen!
  8. I know exactly what you mean Kimchi - I can never get past the first chapter of Great Expectations and only managed 36 pages of Mrs Dalloway! Will have to try and get back to them this summer!
  9. I'm still reading The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz; I stopped reading it during exams and now have to try and get back into it but I like what i've read so far.
  10. Hi! Yes, just finished last week so fingers crossed they went ok. English Literature wasn't too bad, although I ran out of time on my Blake essay which was quite frustrating. Thankfully I now have a nice long summer where I can finally work my way through my TBR pile!
  11. *puts thinking cap on* Cassandra from I Capture the Castle is pretty near perfect for me although I equally adore Ruby from Behind the Scenes at the Museum.
  12. Great Expectations, I can't get past the graveyard scene - is very annoying! I'm about 300 pages into War and Peace but haven't picked it up in ages. Not exactly the most famous book.. but Captain Corelli's Mandolin - I must have read the first chapter a dozen times and can't get past Mussolini's rant.
  13. Some film versions are pretty good but I almost always prefer the book, it's all about the power of imagination I guess. Like with Harry Potter, the casting sometimes clashed with my vision of certain characters. I loved the Ang Lee version of Sense and Sensibility but perhaps that is partly because i saw the film first. And in the film version of I Capture the Castle, I thought Romola Garai was really good as Cassandra. I didn't mind the new version of Pride and Prejudice but I think the BBC series was far better. I'm not the biggest Keira Knightley fan so I didn't find her very endearing lol. And Keira Knightley's going to be Cecilia in Atonement isn't she? Hmm, not so sure about that lol. I do think it's good to have so many adaptations of classic or contemp. novels: from having watched the film many people have the desire to read the book, so films do open up literature for a new audience.
  14. Lol I grew up with loads of boys too Momo! I'm always crying though, at books AND films but i've only ever cried when reading in public once, on the bus on my way to college when i finished All Quiet on the Western Front
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