Cold Comfort Farm

Author: Stella Gibbons

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141920076

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 1643

When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last twenty years. But Flora loves nothing better than to organize other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas, Cold Comfort Farm (1932) is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time. Includes an introduction by Lynne Truss, and a letter from the author to Anthony Pookworthy in the foreword.
Posted in Fiction

Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm

Author: Stella Gibbons

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448113903

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 1402

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH A glorious collection of stories from the author of Cold Comfort Farm. The title story tells of a typical Christmas at the farm before the coming of Flora Poste. It is a parody of the worst sort of family Christmas: Adam Lambsbreath dresses up as Father Christmas in two of Judith's red shawls. There are unsuitable presents, unpleasant insertions into the pudding and Aunt Ada Doom orders Amos to carve the turkey, adding: 'Ay, would it were a vulture, 'twere more fitting!'
Posted in Fiction

Conference at Cold Comfort Farm

Author: Stella Gibbons

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446499146

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 2631

Robert Poste's child is back at Cold Comfort Farm. But all is not well. Flora finds the farm transformed into a twee haven filled with Toby jugs and peasant pottery, and rooms labelled 'Quiete Retreate' and 'Greate laundrie'. It is, Flora winces, 'exactly like being locked in the Victoria and Albert Museum after closing time'. Worse, the farm is hosting a conference of the pretentious International Thinkers Group - a group made up of the 'sadistic owl' Mr Peccavi, loathsome Mr Mybug and the overpowering Mrs Ernestine Thump. And worst of all, there are no Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm. All the he-cousins have gone abroad to make their fortunes and the female cousins are having a pretty thin time of it. Once again the sensible Flora decides to take the situation in hand.
Posted in Fiction

Der Sommernachtsball

Roman

Author: Stella Gibbons

Publisher: Manhattan

ISBN: 3641107997

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 4913

Ein bezauberndes Aschenputtelmärchen aus dem England der 30er-Jahre Viola Withers Leben ist gerade alles andere als märchenhaft. Arm wie eine Kirchenmaus ist die junge Witwe dazu gezwungen, mit der Familie ihres verstorbenen Ehemannes unter einem Dach ein eher freudloses Dasein zu fristen. Der mürrische Mr. Wither ist ein tyrannischer Geizhals, der keinen Hehl daraus macht, wie wenig er von seiner Schwiegertochter hält, und Violas Schwägerinnen sind beide keinen Deut besser. Allein die Aussicht auf den großen Wohltätigkeitsball kann Violas Laune heben – besonders, da Victor Spring ebenfalls dort sein wird, Spross der wohlhabendsten Familie am Ort und in Violas Augen ein wahrer Märchenprinz. Doch Victors Absichten in Bezug auf Viola sind, kurz gesagt, nicht besonders ehrenhaft ...
Posted in Fiction

Demokratieförderung in Afrika

die Zusammenarbeit der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung mit politischen Parteien und Befreiungsbewegungen in Afrika

Author: Volker Vinnai

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825801991

Category: Africa

Page: 96

View: 1407

Posted in Africa

Women, Celebrity, and Literary Culture between the Wars

Author: Faye Hammill

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292779280

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

View: 9547

As mass media burgeoned in the years between the first and second world wars, so did another phenomenon—celebrity. Beginning in Hollywood with the studio-orchestrated transformation of uncredited actors into brand-name stars, celebrity also spread to writers, whose personal appearances and private lives came to fascinate readers as much as their work. Women, Celebrity, and Literary Culture between the Wars profiles seven American, Canadian, and British women writers—Dorothy Parker, Anita Loos, Mae West, L. M. Montgomery, Margaret Kennedy, Stella Gibbons, and E. M. Delafield—who achieved literary celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s and whose work remains popular even today. Faye Hammill investigates how the fame and commercial success of these writers—as well as their gender—affected the literary reception of their work. She explores how women writers sought to fashion their own celebrity images through various kinds of public performance and how the media appropriated these writers for particular cultural discourses. She also reassesses the relationship between celebrity culture and literary culture, demonstrating how the commercial success of these writers caused literary elites to denigrate their writing as "middlebrow," despite the fact that their work often challenged middle-class ideals of marriage, home, and family and complicated class categories and lines of social discrimination. The first comparative study of North American and British literary celebrity, Women, Celebrity, and Literary Culture between the Wars offers a nuanced appreciation of the middlebrow in relation to modernism and popular culture.
Posted in Literary Criticism

Die Leute von Privilege Hill

Erzählungen

Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446259007

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3943

Dass Jane Gardam hinreißende Romane schreibt, ist bekannt. Nun ist ein weiterer Schatz zu heben: Gardams Erzählungen, für die sie berühmt ist und mit Alice Munro und Katherine Mansfield verglichen wird. Hetty, die Familienmutter, die bei der Begegnung mit ihrem ehemaligen Liebhaber in einen somnambulen Zustand gerät. Annie, die Schriftstellerin, die sich gegen Neugier und Gier entscheidet und ein Geheimnis dem Meer übergibt. Der verstummte chinesische Junge, der in England einen vom Himmel gestürzten Schwan rettet und plötzlich zur Sprache zurückfindet. Sie alle berühren uns und entwickeln ein Eigenleben, das über die Geschichten hinausgeht – in jeder dieser Erzählungen steckt die Verheißung eines Romans.
Posted in Fiction

Lieber Gott und Otis Redding

Roman

Author: Tiffany Murray,Carolin Müller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453408005

Category:

Page: 447

View: 7805

Posted in

Navidades en Cold Comfort Farm

Author: Stella Gibbons

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788415578277

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 5045

Posted in Literary Criticism

Betrifft

Zusammenarbeit : 25 Jahre Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst

Author: Willi Erl,Hans-Dietrich Pallmann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 320

View: 7400

Die Beiträge von Entwicklungshelfern, Politikern, Fachleuten, Journalisten und Partnern in der 3. Welt verbinden sich hier zu einem kritischen (auch selbstkritischen) Rückblick auf die 25jährige Tätigkeit des Deutschen Entwicklungsdienstes.
Posted in

Westwood

Author: Stella Gibbons

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446499154

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 419

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY LYNNE TRUSS 'Stella Gibbons is the Jane Austen of the twentieth century' The Times Set in wartime London, Westwood tells the story of Margaret Steggles, a plain bookish girl whose mother has told her that she is not the type that attracts men. Her schoolfriend Hilda has a sunny temperament and keeps her service boys 'ever so cheery'. When Margaret finds a ration book on Hampstead Heath the pompous writer Gerard Challis enters both their lives. Margaret slavishly adores Challis and his artistic circle; Challis idolises Hilda for her hair and her eyes and Hilda finds Gerard's romantic overtures a bit of a bind. This is a delightfully comic and wistful tale of love and longing.
Posted in Fiction

Landscape and Literature

Author: Stephen Siddall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521729823

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 5254

Critical introductions to a range of literary topics and genres. Landscape and Literature introduces students to the exploration of different ways in which landscape has been represented in literature. It focuses on key aspects of this topic such as the importance of pastoral, contrasts between city and country, eighteenth-century developments from neo-classical to picturesque and Romantic ideas of the sublime, regional novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and varied styles of twentieth-century poetry from the Georgian poets to Heaney and Hughes. Poems and prose extracts from writers such as Marvell, Wordsworth, George Eliot, Hardy, Lawrence and Seamus Heaney are included.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

Die Frau des Zoodirektors

Eine Geschichte aus dem Krieg

Author: Diane Ackerman

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641194660

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 8504

Eine wahre Geschichte aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg Während der Zweite Weltkrieg tobt, wird der Warschauer Zoo Schauplatz einer dramatischen Rettungsaktion, die über 300 Juden vor dem sicheren Tod bewahrt. Als Jan und Antonina Żabiński, der Zoodirektor und seine Frau, mitansehen, wie die Nazis in Polen einmarschieren, ist ihr Entsetzen groß. Die jüdische Bevölkerung wird im Warschauer Ghetto zusammengepfercht. Zeitgleich beginnen die Nazis den Zoo für ihre Zwecke zu nutzen, um ausgestorbene Tierarten rückzuzüchten. Als die Nazis den brachliegenden Zoo verlassen, nutzen die Żabińskis die Situation und schmuggeln Juden aus dem Warschauer Ghetto auf das Zoogelände, wo sie die Todgeweihten in den leeren Tierkäfigen verstecken. Sie retten ihnen damit das Leben. Ausgezeichnet mit dem Orion Award
Posted in History

Starlight

Author: Stella Gibbons

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446499162

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 5770

Gladys and Annie Barnes are impoverished sisters who have seen better times. They live in a modest cottage in the backstreets of Highate with Mr Fisher, a mild but eccentric old man living secretively in the attic above them. Their quiet lives are thrown into confusion when a new landlord takes over, a dreaded and unscrupulous 'rackman'. He installs his wife in part of the cottages in the hope that there she will recover from an unspecified malady. With a mounting sense of fear, Gladys and Annie become convinced she is possessed by an evil spirit...
Posted in Fiction

The Charmers

Author: Stella Gibbons

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448103436

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 4378

Thrown out of her long-established office job, Miss Christine Smith takes up a new role as housekeeper for a group of middle-aged artists. Charmed by a previous mystical experience, her spirituality is nurtured further by the tenants, who seem stuck in their own personal lull. Written in the 1960s, surrounded by social and political transitions, the novel focuses on change, or the lack thereof.
Posted in Fiction