By Stella Gibbons
"Quite easily one of many funniest satirical novels of the final century." —Nancy Pearl, NPR's Morning Edition
The deliriously entertaining Cold convenience Farm is "very most likely the funniest e-book ever written" (The Sunday Times, London), a hilarious parody of D. H. Lawrence's and Thomas Hardy's earthy, melodramatic novels. while the lately orphaned socialite plants Poste descends on her family members on the aptly named chilly convenience Farm in private Sussex, she reveals a singularly depressing crew in dire desire of her specific expertise: organization.
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Yet Mrs Smiling herself was not without the softer graces of imagination. ’ Flora said that she would have tea. She folded her gloves and put her coat over the back of a chair, and took the tea and a cinnamon wafer. ’ enquired Mrs Smiling. She knew that Mr Poste, that large man who had been serious about games and contemptuous of the arts, was not regretted by his child. Nor was Mrs Poste, who had wished people to live beautiful lives and yet be ladies and gentlemen. Flora replied that it had been horrid.
Open the winder quick! ’ On one occasion, Telford saved the life of an asthmatic boy by putting him on the back of a motorbike and taking him for a high-speed ride up Primrose Hill. It was a kind of adrenalin-cure – a jolt to the system – and one can’t help feeling that, if Flora Poste was created as a means of exorcizing Stella’s family ghosts and breaking the pattern of Gibbons misery, her imperious briskness nevertheless owes quite a lot to the behaviour of an old-fashioned GP. Stella Gibbons placed great value on ‘detachment’ as a writerly virtue.
In the Listener in 1981, Libby Purves quotes Stella’s saying of Cold Comfort Farm: ‘I think, quite without meaning to, I presented a kind of weapon to people, against melodrama and the over-emphasising of disorder and disharmony, and especially the people who rather enjoy it. ’ (p. 639) Telford Gibbons emerges as a pretty interesting character from Reggie Oliver’s book. His own father had been a similarly tyrannical and adulterous paterfamilias: Grandfather Gibbons even had firearms, and would shoot blank cartridges at the ceiling to quell the noise of his children in the nursery upstairs.
Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Stella Gibbons