Book Discussion

  1. Ok, who of the 21 or so people who voted for Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons actually read it?

    I loved the book.
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  2. 43 Comments

  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I didn't get to read it. Had to start studying my PCEP. Plus, I couldn't find it at walmart, lol....
  4. by   semstr
    The book just arrived a few days ago, haven't started yet.
  5. by   aimeee
    Didn't vote for it, didn't read it. But I DID listen to A Painted House by John Grisham on audio tape on my commute and enjoyed it. Very different from his other books.
  6. by   renerian
    I did not get to either. I am sorry.

    renerian
  7. by   Stargazer
    I adored this book. One of my new all-time favorites. Funny, satirical and brilliant. And a very fast read.

    Susy, I'd urge you to see the movie too. The 1995 version has an all-star cast, including Kate Beckinsale as Flora, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellan and Rufus Sewell. It's a very faithful adapatation of the book and has some other funny stuff in there as well.
  8. by   renerian
    Suzy I have a suggestion for the next book to read. I know everyone would like it as it is about a health care professional and a brave one at that. Has seriousness, much humor and such. When you are ready let me know and I can post the name. I don't want to be pushy. I just love the book.

    renerian
  9. by   pattyjo
    Loved it, found myself reading some paragraphs over again, just because it made me laugh. I especially loved the sections which appeared to be Flora writing in her journal; so melodramatic and so funny as a result. "High up, a few chalky clouds doubtfully wavered in the pale sky that curved over against the rim of the Downs like a vast inverted pot-de-chambre." I may never look at the sky in the same way again.

    Agree with Stargazer, the movie is definitely worth seeing. Eileen Atkins as Judith, and Sheila Burrell as Aunt Ada Doom were priceless.
    Great choice!
    Patty
  10. by   Stargazer
    Oh, if we're going to start quoting I could be here all day.
    Dawn crept over the Downs like a sinister white animal; followed by the snarling cries of a wind eating its way between the black boughs of the thorns.
    Hee! That's just a few words away from being a winning entry in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

    Loved the names of the cows: Graceless, Pointless, Feckless, and Aimless, and the way their legs kept falling off randomly.

    The description of services at the Church of the Quivering Brethren were priceless. "There'll be no butter in hell!!!" Bwah ha haaa!

    I didn't realize this before, but apparently Mr. Mybug was supposed to be D.H. Lawrence, which makes those scenes where he and Flora are walking in the woods and he keeps pointing out the fecund earth and the budding plants and phallic flower-stems that much funnier in retrospect.
    Last edit by Stargazer on Mar 2, '03
  11. by   pattyjo
    Oh those cows!!!

    How about this one, Stargazer: (oh yes, I believe I could go on all day quoting too!) When Flora is first learning about Aunt Ada Doom and Mrs Beetle says she is the only one who knew her own mind, even if she did see something nasty in the woodshed when she was two.: "Flora had no idea what this last sentence could possibly mean. Possibly it was a local idiom for going cuckoo."
    You can well imagine how much this psych nurse loved *that* one!
    (leaving to get book to read all over again)
    Patty
  12. by   Q.
    Loved the names of the cows: Graceless, Pointless, Feckless, and Aimless, and the way their legs kept falling off randomly.
    Yes, what's with their legs falling off? I didn't know if that was supposed to represent something or what.

    My favorite part was when Flora was going over the responses she got from family about what her accomodations would be. How she couldn't stay in a room with a parrot.
  13. by   Stargazer
    Yes, what's with their legs falling off? I didn't know if that was supposed to represent something or what.
    I don't think so, unless it was just the general state of hoplessness and disrepair permeating the entire farm when Flora first got there.

    Heh. Loved all the invented words, too, like "scranletted" and "cowdling" and "clettering".
  14. by   psychonurse
    Didn't have time to read it.....started taking a history class at the community college this semester....History of the United States. Went from the Civil War to the 1920's. Lot of book reading so I didn't have time for pleasure reading. Maybe this summer.....

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