Flora Poste è stata educata in modo eccellente a fare tutto tranne che a guadagnarsi da vivere. Rimasta orfana a vent'anni e dotata di una rendita esigua, va a vivere presso dei lontani parenti alla Fattoria delle Magre Consolazioni nel Sussex. Il suo arrivo alla fattoria coincide con l'inizio di uno dei romanzi più divertenti mai scritti. I parenti sono a dir poco eccentrici e la fattoria è sgangherata e in rovina: i piatti vengono lavati con rametti di biancospino e le mucche hanno nomi come Rozza e Senzascopo. La vecchia matriarca, che non c'è più stata con la testa da quando ha visto "qualcosa di orribile nella legnaia" settant'anni prima, tiene in scacco l'intera famiglia. Come Alice di Lewis Carroll, Flora non si fa intimidire da chi dice cose senza senso, e si rifiuta di essere trascinata in un mondo di matti. Non si può rovinare la vita propria e altrui invocando disgrazie infantili, né sottostare alle follie degli altri, bisogna ribellarsi... e in pochi mesi le cose alle Magre Consolazioni cambiano in modo radicale.
- ISBN: 8896919002
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 296
Update I've just watched the film. It's even better than the book, by a long way. It's very affectionate, and very much played for gentle laughs. The cast is fantastic, some of the best actresses around including Eileen Atkins and Joanna Ab Fab Lumley, Stephen Fry and Ian McKellan. The attention to
I imagine that Stella Gibbons wrote Cold Comfort Farm from the artfully distressed comfort of a small garret-like room. Clad in a light tweed and perched gracefully in front of an oversized front strike, Smith-Corona type writer with a cup of tea in bone china cup and saucer just out of reach of the Leggi tutto
This may be one of the funniest books ever written and I pick it up whenever I feel inclined to have a whine and a moan. The protagonist, Flora Poste, is a bracing antidote for anyone inclined to be a sad sack. A student of the higher common sense, she understands that there are few troubles in life Leggi tutto
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Muriel Spark-ish Tartness: "Cold Comfort Farm" by Stella Gibbons The first two-thirds of it are much funnier than the last third. Everything gets wrapped up incredibly neatly, which I suppose is the whole point, but it means there isn't a b Leggi tutto
Cold Comfort Farm is a stinging satire and outrageously funny parody of the literature about rural English farm life, especially by Sheila Kaye-Smith, Mary Webb, and to a lesser extent, D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy. I haven't read much by the former mentioned authors to appreciate the full extent
Nineteen year old Flora Poste, freshly orphaned and impossibly jaunty, decides to live with strange, barely civilized relatives in rural Sussex. The Starkadders are a mix of fire and brimstone religiosity, untrammeled sexual urges, pathological family ties, feigned mental illness, and general sloven Leggi tutto
Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge , based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003. "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
THIS BOOK RULES!!!! I mean seriously, oh my god! It's funny. Flora (our protagonist) is a feminist queen of getting sh*t done and not taking anything from any man ever in the history of time. All the characters are hilarious. The language and voice are unreal. I want to live inside this book!!!!! Well Leggi tutto
Best satiric novel ever written, bar none. I loved the movie too.
Hilarious! Review to come tomorrow... ------------------------------------------------- This book was chosen by a book group in response to the general gloominess of January/February - and I found myself giggling throughout. The set-up is that Flora Poste, clutching her well-thumbed copy of The Higher Leggi tutto
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