Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Stellar Stella?

Just a quick update on my previous post, since a few of you were asking in the comments which Stella Gibbons should you read first...  I wrote in my review that I couldn't choose a better novel between Cold Comfort Farm and Westwood because they were so different, but I do think you should Cold Comfort Farm first.  If you only read one Stella Gibbons' novel, it should be that one - because while Westwood is brilliant, there are lots of similar(ish) novels out there, whereas Cold Comfort Farm really is one of a kind.  Plus hilarious novels are pretty rare.  There you go, that's my dictat on starting reading Stella Gibbons....

4 comments:

  1. My mother would suggest you stop reading Gibbons after completing Cold Comfort Farm; interesting to see you enthusing about one of her other novels.

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  2. Peter - I think if one is hoping for more of the same, then one would be disappointed - luckily I was warned about this in advance!

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  3. If you're only going to read one Gibbons make it Cold Comfort Farm, but if you're going to read a few 'Westwood' is far more typical of her general output but I'd say Nightingale Wood is probably the best starting point...

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