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Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
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May 10, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: classic, fiction, humor
Read from April 29 to May 07, 2012

I read Cold Comfort Farm for the second time after choosing it for book club discussion at my library. I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. As an English major who suffered through the works of writers like Thomas Hardy, I immensely enjoyed this parody of relentlessly grim fiction. Although somewhat dated (it was published in 1932), it is still very funny, from the names of the cows (Feckless, Pointless, Aimless, and Graceless) to the old man so enamored of the little mop he is given to wash the dishes that he hangs it on the wall.

I had some complaints from a few book club members about the dialogue in dialect. If that’s an issue for someone interested in reading Cold Comfort Farm, I recommend the audio version, narrated by Anna Massey. I was laughing out loud while listening to it in my car. The 1996 movie is also very good.
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