This article is about the novel. Following the death cold comfort farm by stella gibbons pdf her parents, the book’s heroine, Flora Poste, finds she is possessed “of every art and grace save that of earning her own living. As is typical in a certain genre of romantic 19th-century and early 20th-century literature, each of the farm’s inhabitants has some long-festering emotional problem caused by ignorance, hatred, or fear, and the farm is badly run. 20th century – bringing metropolitan values into the sticks.
Aunt Ada Doom on Mrs. Velindre in the same book. He felt as if he enjoyed at that hour some primitive life-feeling that was identical with what those pollarded elms felt”. Did she really think she could write a novel? Well, of course, modern novels might encourage her to think so.
There was nothing written nowadays worth reading. The book on her knee was called Cold Comfort Farm and had been written by a young woman who was said to be very clever and had won an important literary prize. But she couldn’t get on with it at all. It was about life on a farm, but the girl obviously knew nothing about country life. To anyone who, like herself, had always lived in the country, the whole thing was too ridiculous and impossible for words. The interrelations of the characters are complex. The family tree below is an attempt to illustrate them as they stand at the end of the novel.
Although the book was published in 1932, the setting is an unspecified near future, shortly after the “Anglo-Nicaraguan wars of 1946”. It is a prequel of sorts, set before Flora’s arrival at the farm, and is a parody of a typical family Christmas. This BBC adaptation was released on VHS but as of April 2014 is no longer available commercially. In 1981, the BBC produced a four-part radio adaptation by Elizabeth Proud, who also narrated. Flora is married with several children, was broadcast.
It was filmed on location at Brightling, East Sussex. As of April 2014, the film is still available on DVD in both the US and UK. Faye Hammill, Modern Fiction Studies 47. Journal of the Sheila Kaye-Smith Society, No 21. This page was last edited on 31 December 2017, at 08:07.