Another reason to read Cold Comfort Farm

Nancy Pearl was suggesting Cold Comfort Farm* on NPR the other day.
She didn’t mention one of the top reasons to read (or reread it) the delicious Roz Chast artwork on a new-ish edition.
Why stop there? Let’s get Roz Chast to illustrate any and all Penguin Classics – rewarding her handsomely, of course.
*By the way, if you’ve seen the movie but never read the book you may be surprised to find out that the book is SCIENCE FICTION!
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4 Responses

  1. Hmm, I read the book but don’t remember the science-fiction bits– the imaginative vegetation was one, perhaps?

  2. Have I gone crazy?
    I would have bet money that the book was set in the future and the characters made use of videophones. (Which would have been sci-fi in 1932.)

    But I’ve been thumbing through our copy and can’t find hide not hair of a video phone. Though I did see something to suggect that it was indeed set in the future.

  3. Now that you mention video-phones, something is starting to tickle my memories… but not enough. I do remember (now) reading something that made me do a double-take, as I’d read it after I’d seen the movie. I suppose I now have to reread the book!

  4. THE VIDEO-PHONE BIT WAS WHEN SHE WAS CALLING HER FRIEND IN LONDON CONCERNING THE BALL. I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT THAT FLORA THOUGHT HER WORK WAS SO COMPLETE THAT SHE HAD THE HOPES FOR DICK TO PROPOSE TO ELFINE AT THEIR FIRST MEETING ON HIS 21ST BIRTHDAY. THE BOOK IS ALL LIKE THAT… FAST MOVING AND KEEPS THE INTEREST… AND WITH A BIT OF “OTHERWORLDLINESS”. PICKED IT UP AT A THRIFT STORE AND ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH.

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