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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 theRobert 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....

Title : Conference At Cold Comfort Farm
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ISBN : 9780856178443
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Number of Pages : 166 Pages
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Conference At Cold Comfort Farm Reviews

  • Matthew Gatheringwater
    2019-03-26 21:42

    "There have always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm!" but now the unthinkable has happened. With Cousin Amos leading The Church of The Quivering Brethren in America, sukebind declared a protected species, and Reuben turned off the farm by the government, Cold Comfort Farm has been turned into a conference center. Can Flora Poste (now Mrs. Fairford and mother of five) set the farm to rights again?Reading this book is a little like meeting and old friend whose life has not quite met its early promise. One can't help but be fascinated by the change. A lunch, a drink, a chance to catch up with old times is all quite pleasent, but can you help yourself wondering if you'd have chosen to be intimate with this shabbier version of your former friend? And when you say good-bye, don't you feel a little relieved?Conference at Cold Comfort Farm doesn't really stand on its own, but it is enjoyable to find out what Stella Gibbons imagined happened to Flora and the Starkadders.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-31 20:05

    It was great to be back at Cold Comfort Farm with Robert Poste's Child. Not quite as hilarious as the first one, but I really appreciated the throwbacks, such as Adam Lambreath's little mop, and Feckless the cow's 3 legged great granddaughter. Stella Gibbons is so much fun.

  • pinknantucket
    2019-04-06 00:04

    Well. Don't read it unless you've read Cold Comfort Farm first, otherwise it will probably make absolutely no sense at all. It's set about 15 years after CCF, with our heroine Flora returning to the farm (at the invitation of Mr Mybug who, along with members of the Managerial Revolutionary Party, has organised a conference of cutting-edge and largely odious poets, scientists and performance artists ) as she senses All Is Not Well. And, as in the first, she proceeds to fix things.There are many funny things in it, but it all happens too quickly, without enough space or sense in between, to really be able to enjoy it. It's meant to be ridiculous, but it's TOO ridiculous, so it just ends up kind of perplexing. And there's nothing nasty in the woodshed, even. Not unpleasant - especially for a fan of the original - but not required reading by any means.My copy: I stumbled across it amongst my shelves. It is a very plain hardback published in 1949. (It may have once had a gaudy dustjacket, I suppose). At first I thought I must have snaffled it from my grandparents' books, but the name written on the flyleaf is of no relation to me, plus "2.00" is written next door in pencil. So I'm guessing a second hand bookshop find, then promptly forgotten.

  • Margaret
    2019-04-12 20:04

    Amusing, but not in the same league as Cold Comfort Farm (or Starlight, for that matter, which I just read).

  • Magrat Ajostiernos
    2019-04-03 23:06

    Es una pena que aunque me gusta como escribe esta mujer, no me acaba de interesar ni lo que cuenta, ni sus personajes..

  • Sadie Slater
    2019-04-17 21:44

    I was given a copy of Conference at Cold Comfort Farm for Christmas by someone who said that I reminded them of Flora Poste (which I took, as I'm sure it was intended to be, as the nicest compliment I have ever received) and they were sure I would have read the original so they were giving me the sequel instead. I think I had actually read it some years ago, but I didn't remember much about it, and didn't have a copy in any case, so I thought it was an excellent present.Conference at Cold Comfort Farm is set sixteen years after the original Cold Comfort Farm. Flora Poste, now Flora Fairford, is living quietly in London with her husband and five children when she receives a letter from Mr Mybug asking her to help with the organisation of a conference he is running at Cold Comfort Farm, which is now bereft of Starkadders and transformed into a conference centre owned by a heritage trust, full of twee rustic charm and complete with rooms named the "Greate Barne" and the "Quiete Retreate". Flora, of course, can't resist the challenge, and heads for Sussex to spend a week organising a motley collection of artists, intellectuals and "Managerial Revolutionaries" (apparently this was a real political philosophy, even if Gibbons makes it seem so absurd it's hard to believe) and restoring the Starkadders to their proper place at Cold Comfort Farm at the same time.The sequel is undoubtedly not as good as the original, and despite featuring several of the same characters and having the same setting is really a very different book; apart from anything, the main target of Gibbons's ridicule here is not the rural novels of writers such as Mary Webb but modern artists and intellectuals. I can see that it wouldn't find favour with readers looking for more of the same, but Irather enjoyed it. I thought Gibbons did a lovely job of skewering pretentious intellectualism in the Conference and its attendees (including the artists Hacke, Messe and Peccavi and the leader of the Managerial Revolutionaries, Mr Claud Hubris) and I loved Flora being just as calm and unflappably capable as ever.

  • Leif
    2019-04-10 16:51

    Glad I got this one from the library. Like everyone else who picked up this book I was attracted by the promise of a return to Gibbons' prior Cold Comfort Farm. That novel, though holding unusually conservative sentiments as the basis of its still very funny send up of all things Modernist, especially in the vein of D.H. Lawrence, was an especially liberating read. Flora Poste was a brilliant machine of inhuman order amid the catastrophically neutered excesses of the rustic Starkadders and the balance of the book, including the timing of its jokes, seemed perfectly elegant. Thus it was that as a stylist Gibbons successfully challenged a vein of writing much more intelligently theorized than her own pragmatic realism and came away seeming not just momentarily victorious but acutely evenspirited. That she did it in the form of a novel; itself one of modernism's weapons of culture, makes the achievement particularly pleasurable.Not so this novel. Tepid writing evokes the forms of Flora and the farm without the spirit that had previously energized them, and the targets are not lamed with predictable ease as Mybug was in the previous novel, but positively manufactured as an obvious dream of the ultimately reactionary unconscious. The humour, finding no true target, falls flat. Having travestied her own achievements Gibbons presents instead an abbreviated and predictable plot, cardboard names that do not seem to even merit names, and insipid writing.Overall this book stands as a warning sign of a particularly vapid nadir for sequels everywhere, and, at its worst, casts a weak poison over the book which preceded it. Too bad, that.

  • Elisha Condie
    2019-04-13 17:43

    This book is three stars mostly for sentimental reasons. I love Cold Comfort Farm and wanted to love this sequel.It's 17 years after Flora Poste has tidied up Cold Comfort Farm and now she's a mother of five and hasn't heard from the Starkadders in years. Then she gets invited to an intellectuals conference of sorts at the farm by Mr. Mybug and heads up there.And oh, dear. The farm has been taken over by a historical trust and cute and scrubbed clean from any Starkadder presence. No Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm!? Sukebind is a protected plant species!? Big Business the bull has been shipped off to Africa!? It's all so horribly wrong. And Flora knows it. She sets off to bring back the Starkadder men to Cold Comfort so that they can take over the farm again. She is in as good of form as ever. Love that Flora Poste.But there was no Seth, no Judith or Adam, and only minimal Reuben and Urk. There was more about the Starkadder women whom we barely met in the other book, but I wasn't that attached to them. I did love seeing Adam Lambsbreath again who still calls Flora "Robert Poste's child".Basically, if you love Cold Comfort Farm, you'd better read this. Otherwise, just stick with the original.

  • Tina Rath
    2019-04-11 19:08

    This is a book I read many years ago, and I was delighted to be able to buy my own copy. Flora Fairford (nee Poste) returns to Cold Comfort Farm, leaving the children to the care of her vicar husband and "the spiv" (a prescient glimpse of Community Service by the author?)to find things horrifically changed. All the male Starkadders except the faithful Reuben have decamped to South Africa to work Grootebeeste, the farm they bought by mail order, taking with them Big Business, the bull,(who has disgraced the name of Starkadder) but not the Starkadder maidens who are living unhappily in the Greate Barne. The farmouse itself, now a home to all things twee is a conference centre, and Flora is supposedly helping out at a gathering of the International Thinkers' Group (it is perhaps enough to say that delegates include the artists Hacke, Messe and Peccavi (plus the latter's girl friend who has a habit of appearing in a mink coat with nothing on underneath...). Flora of course devotes her considerable energies to Putting Things Right,and restoring the Starkadders to Cold Comfort and even the watervoles to Ticklepenny's Well..Most enjoyable.

  • Mariano Hortal
    2019-04-09 16:05

    "Flora Poste y los Artistas" de Stella Gibbons, es la continuación, 16 años después, a esa delicia que supuso el año pasado la publicación de "La hija de Robert Poste" por la misma editorial Impedimenta. Y nuevamente nos encontramos con una sátira ingeniosa, en este caso a la sociedad de la época y al mundo del arte en concreto (algunos personajes son referencias a artistas de la época como Britten o D.H. Lawrence) y además va perfectamente unida a los inolvidables personajes del anterior libro: la mordaz y resolutiva Flora y los brutos y entrañables miembros de la familia Starkadder, todo resuelto con humor y momento estupendos (como el momento de la representación de la ópera y su delirante argumento). Si a eso añadimos además la maravillosa prosa de la escritora y su dominio linguístico, no podemos más que estar de enhorabuena por la publicación de un libro necesario que, encima, se hace cortísimo. Un total deleite para todo el mundo. Tanto este como el libro anterior que ya he comentado en otra ocasión.

  • Silvery
    2019-04-19 20:03

    Me ha parecido un tanto tedioso.

  • MB (What she read)
    2019-04-21 00:05

    Very enjoyable, I chortled throughout! I do wish that I were a little more familiar with the history/setting of this period. Since so much of the conference attendees were written to spoof political movements, popular culture, and philosophy, I think I was missing a lot of the jokes due to my sad lack of knowledge. And in satire, I'm afraid, the reader's enjoyment is based on how much they "get". Luckily, I did "get" a good bit so my enjoyment was high.It was great to come across the wonderfully dreary Starkadders again. And the annoying and intolerable Mr. Mybug was true to form. Everyone was still up to their antics and the craziness went on. I loved Grootebeest, Big Business, and the water voles!I wish they'd make a movie of this one as well. But I doubt that is likely to happen, unfortunately.

  • Caroline Philippone
    2019-03-23 00:01

    Despite reading reviews prior to picking this one up, I just couldn't help myself and had to give it a read. Gibbons revisits her character Flora Poste (now Fairchild) some 16 years later. The farm is now government owned, and Mr Mybug is having a conference of intellectuals as it where, at the bread and breakfast type residence Cold Comfort Farm is now. Ruben, Urk, and Adam are really the only main characters outside of Flora that remain, and regrettably this novel lacked the same amount of energy Gibbons had in "Cold Comfort Farm." I know Gibbons was capable of a much better send off, and found his disappointing. This seemed more a novel written for her publisher and to appease the public, rather that one she cared about. Her previous novel directly before this; "The Matchmaker" is where I expected her line of writing to be, but alas I really only enjoyed a few parts of this one.

  • Monica
    2019-04-02 22:01

    Regrese nuevamente con entusiasmo a la vida de la Srta. Poste que tantas sonrisas me provoco en su primer libro pero he de decir que no ha resultado tan bien como esperaba esta lectura. Han pasado mas de 15 años y Flora se entera que una catastrofe ha pasado en Cold Comfort, asi que decide ir y salvar la granja y de paso a sus primos los Starkadder..... creo que si la historia se hubiera mantenido solo en esta linea me hubiera gustado mas pero lo del congreso de artistas, intelectuales, cientificos y demas fauna me resulto a veces pesada y me dejo fria, a lo mejor porque no me resultaban muy familiares los personajes en los que la escritora destilaba su ironia. En fin, no claudico y regresare al tercer libro de la saga porque creo que estara mucho mejor!.

  • JackieB
    2019-03-30 17:52

    I love the first book in this series (Cold Comfort Farm) although its been a while since I last re-read it. I was worried that this might not be as good, but I think it is. The target of Stella Gibbon's humour has changed in this book, but the quality hasn't. This definitely needs to be read after Cold Comfort Farm though. You'll miss some of the humour if you don't know what went on before and some parts of it might not make sense at all.

  • Sandy D.
    2019-04-05 23:57

    Not as enjoyable as the first book (set 17 years earlier), but still an interesting look at England in 1949. And it was fun to see what happened to some of the characters. Some of the dialect gave me pause. For example:"Ay, 'twere. It did shut un up, tu. Our Ticklepenny's, look ee, be so goathling an' crow-picken, even th' Ministry won't trouble wi' un. An' Parker-Poke he did go back to Lunnon, brast un fer a bowler-hatten scowkerd!"

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-04 16:49

    It is a bit of a toss off, i bet she wrote it in a short time but it is nonetheless enjoyable and still has that modern quality. I can't get over how prescient she is, this story could have taken place today. she bursts the pomposity of art and intellectual world with her no nonsense main character. I laughed out loud. Good one.

  • Karen (Kew)
    2019-04-17 21:50

    I quite enjoyed reading this - it was quite amusing and made me smile at times, but it is nowhere near as good as the first Cold Comfort Farm. I found the story around the conference quite tedious - the best bits were anything that the Starkadders appeared in.

  • Fiona
    2019-04-01 22:51

    I found reading this book ok but because I loved Cold Comfort Farm so much I think I was always going to be a bit disappointed with this book. I'm not that sure why I did not enjoy this as much but I think perhaps it could be down to the old characters not being in it as much. If you have read Cold Comfort Farm I think it is still worth a read but to me it was a bit of a let down.

  • Dixie
    2019-03-23 22:38

    I got about halfway through this book and had to quit. So disappointing - characters from the original Cold Comfort Farm but the feeling wasn't the same at all. I guess you can't go home again - home to the Starkadders, anyway. One wonders why it was even attempted - the first book was a perfect gem by itself.

  • Anne
    2019-04-02 17:00

    I read the first 50 pages, it started out promisingly but it started to wane after the first 30-40 pages. I know it's considered a "classic" and has been turned into movie format but this may be one of those books where the movie is better than the book itself. Odd thing for a librarian to say....

  • Babe Rainbow
    2019-04-05 16:45

    Not nearly as good as the original, because of a lack of a cohesive positive philosophy. It was occasionally funny though and as a bonus- in contrast to her non-Cold Comfort books- no horrifying racism! She does talk flippantly about "Jews" at one point (pretty heartless in 1949 if you ask me) but that's as bad as it gets.

  • Desirée
    2019-03-26 17:48

    I loved Cold Comfort Farm so much and couldn't believe I finally had this one in my hands. It was a little bit of a disappointment, though. While the satire in Cold Comfort Farm is very timeless, this one seems a bit dated with its remarks about wannabe artists/thinkers and wannabe artsy people. But I still loved to go back to Cold Comfort Farm and many passages were very charming and clever.

  • Brenda Clough
    2019-04-09 22:05

    Not as deliciously iconic as the original COLD COMFORT FARM, but pleasing to fans of the first book. It is fun to drop in on the life of all these people (Elfine, now married for ten years!) and see how they have disintegrated and/or improved. But because it is a sequel to a beloved work, Gibbons obviously did not feel able to make major renovations to the setup.

  • Nimbex
    2019-03-29 17:00

    La secuela de La hija de Robert Poste no llega a la altura de su predecesora pero se deja leer. Los mejores momentos son aquellos en los que la acción se centra en los Starkadder, dejando de lado a los "artistas."

  • Kay
    2019-04-07 18:05

    While not as good as the original "Cold Comfort Farm" (what could be?) this is nevertheless a wonderful read. It was hugely enjoyable to be back in the mad world of Howling at a conference of Modern Thought organised by Mr Mybug.

  • Kathleen Wells
    2019-04-03 17:43

    The big problem with this book is the absence of so many of the characters that made the first book Cold Comfort Farm so delicious - Aunt Ada Doom, Seth. There as a lot of Mr Mybug but he couldnt make up for the missing Starkadders. Very easy read though.

  • Taz
    2019-04-20 22:01

    hilarious. again, just walking past the table at the library -- this time they had the classics out. I love early C20th books and this one was hilarious. I wish i knew the rural pulp fiction she modelled it on, but all the same a great story and very funny writing.

  • Elaine Armstrong
    2019-03-31 18:45

    Like other reviewers, I feel that my lack of knowledge of all the famous people of that time - as she is obviously having a dig at their pretentiousness - did mean that I don't think I got the most out of this book. But still an enjoyable read.

  • Erika
    2019-04-17 15:47

    Hilarious for the satire on conferences and artists and intellectuals - some things haven't changed in the 60 or so years since it was published! A touch of the old Starkadder madness and Flora fixing things - although not as much of the brilliant fixing as in the original book.