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Cold Comfort Farm was one of the texts that I studied at university as part of a "Writing Women" module I took. As with many people's university reading experiences, I had about 3 days to read it, re-read it, dissect it and write a 2000 word essay on it. I think I got about 61% for the essay - I remember little else!


I do, however, remember enjoying it, so I recently thought I'd re-read it through the spoken word format.


It's an interesting listening experience, and I spent much of the first CD (there were 8 in total) being completely confused about what was going on. However, once Flora got to the Hawk-Monitors ball, I really got in to it (I even re-listened to CD1 once I'd "read" the rest).


This is such a silly, but fun, book. It has it's laugh out loud moments, but many more wry smile moments.


I'll be listening again in a couple of years.


Anyone else got any thoughts and opinions?

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It's a while since I read this, and am not keen on rereading, as there are always more new books that I am never going to get round to. I might have to re-read this 'though - to find an explanation for the following rather cryptic remark I made in my reading 'diary'.

Enjoyable, apart from a few unwise 'updates' for the 1968 edition.


What editions have people been reading? Have you spotted anything that doesn't seem to fit with the era/ general style of writing etc.?

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What editions have people been reading? Have you spotted anything that doesn't seem to fit with the era/ general style of writing etc.?
My copy is a Penguin Classics purchased this months from Amazon. There have been text alterations but mostly to punctuation and changing spelling styles. It says, in the Note on the Text, that apart from these it is from the Allen Lane edition of 1938, which is presumably close to the 1932 original. I didn't notice anything in my copy that seemed out of place time-wise.


I enjoyed this read enormously. Have to admit I would never have picked it up except for the BGO read. But what an enjoyable book it is ... until the end.


I felt that for the time in which it was written it was a very brave piece of work. The humour alone must have been out of kilter with a lot of literature of that time (but I could be completely wrong on that one). But what I was surprised at was the sexual innuendo if not downright references.


I found this one of those gems that it is hard to put down. In fact on two successive nights I was reading in bed until 1 a.m. because I could not bear to lay it down. I would probably have read it throughout the day but we had visitors all last week!

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I haven't re read this recently but it remains one of my favourite books. It is humorous and gentle. What I remember most are Seth brooding away, Flora's precision, "something nasty in the woodshed", the foresight of calling a band "the Beetles", and of course what happens when the sukebind flowers :rolleyes:

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I read this not so long ago, and I loved it too.


I really liked the contrast between Flora's mindset and that on the farm: the way they had never realised that washing up with a twig was a really bad idea until Flora insisted on them using a cloth or brush or whatever it was!

Flora's breezy commonsense contrasting with the brooding gothic mood on the farm was a brilliant literary joke, like Kim and Aggie going to Wuthering Heights.


Unlike Flingo, I enjoyed the first half most, when Flora was on the farm - I didn't get into the ball bit as much. But maybe I just need to re-read it and enjoy that bit more.

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I finished this book a while ago now. I must say, I didn't think it was funny, couldn't find the humour in it. Don't know what kind of humour this was supposed to be. So, not being able to consider it funny, it was quite boring. Sorry to say this, you know I always try to find something interesting about any kind of book, with this one I had a hard time. Thank God it wasn't that long.

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Sorry you didn't enjoy this Momo. Any ideas why? Different culture; ergo different sense of humour! Or maybe just a different time in history!


It's great to have you back with us. Either it's ages since you last posted or I have not been looking very carefully. Hope the migraine have not been the cause again.

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Thanks for the thought, Barblue, yes, as usual, it's my migraines.

Anyway, I usually quite enjoy British humour. And I love reading about different times. I'm currently reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë and love it. And I devour Bill Bryson. Don't know why. As I said, just couldn't find the humour.

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Just snagged a copy from PaperbackSwap.com and found it utterly delightful. I loved the wacky characters and the irrepressible Flora's cheerful determination to shake things up. As Elfstar said, pretty advanced for its time. I had a hard time putting it down.

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#16 19th February 2012, 04:49 PM



Cold Comfort Farm is a parody novel. It mocks the genre of "rural melodrama" and more directly, the novel "Precious Bane" by Mary Webb. After reading the somewhat dull and sincere "Precious Bane" and then going on to read "Cold Comfort Farm", I found it much more amusing as the sarcastic tone that Stella Gibbons uses is much clearer. Personally, I found it hilarious. The sheer character of Flora and her approach to the farm's situations and how to rectify ancient traditions. "There have always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm". The BBC also did a wonderful film version where the storyline is easy to grasp from the beginning as I agree that it takes some time for one to get into the novel.



#17 25th February 2012, 09:30 AM



I finished this book a while ago now. I must say, I didn't think it was funny, couldn't find the humour in it. Don't know what kind of humour this was supposed to be. So, not being able to consider it funny, it was quite boring. Sorry to say this, you know I always try to find something interesting about any kind of book, with this one I had a hard time. Thank God it wasn't that long.
So glad to find some one else who feels the same. I didn't enjoy this at all! It dragged all the way for me. I don't read a lot of humour, I do tend to prefer darker books, this probably explains something! I can't read Wodehouse either, my brain just closes down.



#18 7th March 2012, 09:31 AM



Christmas at cold Comfort Farm


I see that Cold Comfort Farm has been read by many but have yet to come accross anyone who has read what i'm led to believe is the follow up...has anyone here read it? I have and I always try to read every single book cover to cover because sometimes it takes a while to get 'into' a book, however this one I never got into and i was almost half way through before I realised it was short stories and not a regular book. This disappointed me as I'd been attempting to make a connection between each story. I don't think I would reccommend it to anyone and wouldn't be buying any similar ones to this. I'm just wondering though, did I totally miss the point of the book? If anyone has any thoughts please share them.

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