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La filla de Robert Poste (1932)

de Stella Gibbons

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Sèrie: Cold Comfort Farm: Publication Order (1), Cold Comfort Farm (1)

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Drama. Fiction. HTML:

Strong of will and slender of ankle, twenty-year-old orphan Flora Poste is blessed with every virtue save that of being able to earn her own living. Casting around for suitable relatives with whom she can make her home, Flora alights on the mysterious Starkadders and, ignoring the horrified shrieks of her friends, heads down to darkest Sussex.

There she is confronted by an exceptionally odd cast of characters: grief-stricken Judith, fervently religious Amos, the lusty. smouldering Seth, wild and mysterious Elfine and, of course, the invisible tyrant Great Aunt Ada Doom who saw something nasty in the woodshed. Many would be overcome by the simmering passions of the Starkadder family, but not Flora. All they need is a little organising.

Stella Gibbons' deliciously witty parody has been delighting readers since 1932 and retains its original sunny charm in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation.

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Sometimes laugh out loud funny other times smile funny or clever funny. The contrast of writing styles and dialogue between the ridiculous melodramatic ~the farm wreathed in shadows~ or ~the web of sorrows that traps me~ and Flora's no nonsense style is pretty fun and sometimes pretty funny. I imagine I'm missing a lot of humour because of my ignorance of the style it's riffing on and the culture/times of the 30s etc but it's decently funny anyway. The last 4th gets pretty absurd in a good way. There's a couple of oblique suicide jokes and a couple of the endings given to people are maybe not idyllic but it doesn't feel mean or unpleasant or anything. Things are generally played pretty lightheartedly. And the whole portrayal of Flora's London is played for laughs too. I dunno it's good. Also Wikipedia claims it's set in the future which explains why there's a few weird out of place things that confused me (eg there's a videophone at one point!)

Also although there's no gay relationships in the novel one character is notably homophobic but given he's presented as quite unpleasant and also a kind of gross pervert I quite liked it

A little disappointed we never find out what happened to Aunt Ada Doom when she was 2 or what supposedly happened to Flora's father - like they're plot devices and everything it's just specifically brought up at the end and we're told Flora never found out so neither do we. Maybe there's a point I'm missing? Maybe she just couldn't think of anything funny enough for them I guess ( )
  tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
This book made me laugh out loud while I was reading it in a cafe, so 4 stars for that. I loved how it reminded me of Wuthering Heights and thoroughly poked fun at the entire genre.
My inner raging feminist had some trouble with the 'taming' of Elfine, but in general, a great weird awkward funny irreverent book. ( )
  Yggie | Oct 12, 2023 |
A Funny Book

But not A Really Funny Book. If I had read a single rural novel of Mary Webb—a genre and author unknown to me—perhaps I too would have found Cold Comfort Farm laugh out loud funny, as the author of my copy's introduction does.

Flora Poste is a precocious nineteen-year-old socialite who, upon the death of both parents, retires to the country to live with her distant relatives, the Starkadders on their farm near Howling, primarily due to her near pennilessness. Flora begins a battle between the city and the country, overcoming such characters as Aunt Ada Doom, the family matriarch who seems incapable of speech beyond "I saw something in the woodshed" and "There have always been Starkadders on Cold Comfort;" Elfine, an unsupervised free spirit a mere two years younger than Flora who is besotted with a local dandy; Urk, Elfine's 40+ year-old cousin who has intended to marry her since her birth; and Amos, the judgmental Starkadder patriarch whose main interest in life is condemning all his fellow man to eternal damnation. Over the course of her six months at Cold Comfort, Flora arranges marriages and converts the novel's most loathsome characters into blissful creatures through the magic of her charm. Those personalities she cannot overcome she convinces to relocate elsewhere in search of their own happiness, leaving Cold Comfort a better place for those remaining.

An odd book full of odd people which lives up to its author's stated intention to "write as though [she] were not quite sure what [she] meant to say but was jolly well going to say something...in sentences as long as possible." ( )
  skavlanj | Oct 11, 2023 |
I do not usually like satire as I generally find it mean-spirited, and I have to confess I was a little worried about this book when I started reading it. But oh my Lord what a wonderful book. It is extremely well written and both in your face and subtle at the same time and it’s so funny. I’m glad I have finally read this. I saw the movie 1000 years ago and I seem to remember being of two minds about it. But I am only of one mind about the book. Well, no that’s not true. There are places where I go oh God no, she’s going too far here. But those doubts get swept away by the tide of enjoyment that follows. ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Sep 8, 2023 |
Our protagonist, nineteen-year-old orphan Flora Poste, finds herself left with a meager annual income after her father’s death. Flora, “discovered to possess every art and grace save that of earning her own living”, chooses to approach her relations with a request to live with them in return for her annual income.

“When I have found a relative who is willing to have me, I shall take him or her in hand, and alter his or her character and mode of living to suit my own taste”.

Though quite a few of her relations respond to her request, she ultimately decides to live with her eccentric aunt and equally eccentric cousins and extended family, the Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm in rural Sussex. Her relations refuse to accept her money on account of a “wrong” that had been committed against her father years ago ( she is mostly addressed as Robert Poste's child instead of her given name). This is a matter of concern for her. (“For, if she lived at Cold Comfort as a guest, it would be unpardonable impertinence were she to interfere with the family’s mode of living; but if she were paying her way, she could interfere as much as she pleased.)

The head of the family, Flora’s seventy-nine-year-old Great Aunt Ada Doom rules the household despite not leaving her room except for a few days in the year, to hold a “counting” as Flora’s cousin Elfine explains, ‘’Tes the record of th’ family that Grandmother holds ivery year. See – we’m violent folk, we Starkadders. Some on us pushes others down wells. Some on us dies in childer-birth. There’s others as die o’ drink or goes mad. There’s a whole heap on us, too. ’Tes difficult to keep count on us. So once a year Grandmother she holds a gatherin’, called the Counting, and she counts us all, to see how many on us ’as died in th’ year.”

Fond of Victorian novels (“They were the only kind of novel you could read while you were eating an apple.”), Flora observes her relations as people whose situations can be improved and she relies on her “common sense” ( with her copy of "The Higher Common Sense" as reference) to proceed to exact change in the lives of her cousins to save them from a life of doom and gloom. Aunt Ada constantly refers to having witnessed something "nasty in the woodshed” when she was a child and insists on keeping tabs on her family, holding them to living on the farm (“there have always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort”). As the narrative progresses, we see what begins with Flora making small changes in the daily lives at the Farm slowly evolves into a full-scale overhaul of the way of life for those at Cold Comfort Farm.

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, originally published in 1932, is a light-hearted, humorous and heartwarming novel that stands the test of time. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading the classics and wouldn’t mind a story that is crafted with elements from more serious novels, with characters and settings reminiscent of those from the works of authors such as Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and Thomas Hardy to name a few, but with a comic (read satirical) twist. This edition is a welcome addition to my personal collection. Roz Chast’s cover art is phenomenal and perfectly captures the characters in all their absurdity. I combined my reading with the exceptional audio narration by Pearl Mackie which made for a very entertaining experience. With an engaging narrative, a good dose of humor with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments and a cast of interesting (to say the least) characters, this book is a joy to read (and/or listen to). ( )
  srms.reads | Sep 4, 2023 |
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Gibbons, Stellaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Blake, QuentinIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Chast, RozAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jenkinson, ChristopherPròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Massey, AnnaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Scales, PrunellaNarratorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Simmonds, PosyIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Spencer, StanleyAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Truss, LynneIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Vales, José C.Traductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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It is with something more than the natural deference of a tyro at the loveliest, most arduous and perverse of the arts in the presence of a master-craftsman that I lay this book before you.

Foreword.
The education bestowed upon Flora Poste by her parents had been expensive, athletic and prolonged; and when they died within a few weeks of one another during the annual epidemic of influenza or Spanish Plague which occured in her twentieth year, she was discovered to possess every art and grace save that of earning her own living.
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She loved them all dearly, but this evening she just did not want to see them any more.
There have always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort.
"Straw or chaff, leaf or fruit, we mun all come to 't."
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Drama. Fiction. HTML:

Strong of will and slender of ankle, twenty-year-old orphan Flora Poste is blessed with every virtue save that of being able to earn her own living. Casting around for suitable relatives with whom she can make her home, Flora alights on the mysterious Starkadders and, ignoring the horrified shrieks of her friends, heads down to darkest Sussex.

There she is confronted by an exceptionally odd cast of characters: grief-stricken Judith, fervently religious Amos, the lusty. smouldering Seth, wild and mysterious Elfine and, of course, the invisible tyrant Great Aunt Ada Doom who saw something nasty in the woodshed. Many would be overcome by the simmering passions of the Starkadder family, but not Flora. All they need is a little organising.

Stella Gibbons' deliciously witty parody has been delighting readers since 1932 and retains its original sunny charm in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation.

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