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ISBN:0850462967
Author: Stella Gibbons
ISBN13: 978-0850462968
Title: Nightingale Wood
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Language: English
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Publisher: Lythway P.; New edition edition (June 13, 1972)
Pages: 432

Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons



Stella Dorothea Gibbons, a novelist, poet and short-story writer, was born in London in 1902. She went to the North London Collegiate School and studied journalism at University College London. She then worked for ten years on various papers, including the Evening Standard. Her first publication was a book of poems, The Mountain Beast (1930), and her first novel, Cold Comfort Farm (1932), won the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize. So wrote Stella Gibbons, author of Cold Comfort Farm, as she introduced the heroine of her ninth book, the latterly forgotten treasure, Nightingale Wood. The not quite a lady is grey-eyed Viola Wither, née Thompson, a beguiling widow of twenty-one. Viola is a victim of circumstance, like so many of Gibbons’ female protagonists; a shop girl orphan, married briefly to a bumbling, bullying older man, to whom she felt unable to say no at precisely the wrong moment.

Nightingale Wood allowed me to remember how much I enjoy Gibbons as a writer. Even with her books that I have failed to connect with, there have always been passages that I had to go back over and reread because her gift for expression is truly unsurpassed. By the last 1/4 of the book I could sense Stella Gibbons running out of steam, and a certain important event that occurred toward the end seemed like it only happened because she had no idea where the story was going and needed something to shake up the plot- But then nothing came of it, and some characters' fates and the choices.

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Author: Stella Gibbons. Pages: 400. Category: Novel. Posted on 2011-12-23, by 4bookholic. Nightingale Wood Stella Gibbons April, 2010 400 pages English pdf,rtf,epub,lit,lrf,mobi,fb2,pdb. This book was so very satisfying, I smiled all the while I was reading it. Such a gentle book and so much fun. The characters are very well drawn. It's a fairy tale but who writes those any more? I would recommend it highly.

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Nightingale Wood is a really delightful Cinderella type tale from the author who of course is better known for having brought us Cold Comfort Farm. Nightingale Wood – Stella Gibbons (1938). March 30, 2013 by heavenali. Nightingale Wood is a really delightful Cinderella type tale from the author who of course is better known for having brought us Cold Comfort Farm. However I think that the novel is a little deceptive, it is not as light as it may appear, and there is a complexity and poignancy to it that is especially well done. Gibbons has captured a rural community of the 1930’s with its class divisions and restrictions, highlighting the differing social positions of her characters and the way those positions are perceived by others.

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Poor, lovely Viola has been left penniless and alone after her late husband's demise, and is forced to live with his family in their joyless home. Its occupants are nearly insufferable: Mr. Withers is a tyrannical old miser; Mrs. Withers dismisses her as a common shop girl; and Viola's sisters-in-law, Madge and Tina, are too preoccupied with their own troubles to give her much thought. Her first publication was a book of poems The Mountain Beast (1930) and her first novel Cold Comfort Farm (1932) won the Femina Vie Heuruse Prize for 1933. Amongst her other novels are Miss Linsey and Pa (1936), Nightingale Wood (1938), Westwood (1946), Conference at Cold Comfort Farm (1959) and Beside the Pearly Water (1954). Her Collected Poems appeared in 1950.

A sly and satirical fairytale by the author of Cold Comfort Farm Unavailable for decades, Stella Gibbons's Nightingale Wood is a delightfully modern romance ripe for rediscovery by the many fans of Cold Comfort Farm. Poor, lovely Viola has been left penniless and alone after her late husband's demise, and is forced to live with his family in their joy­less home. Its occupants are nearly insufferable: Mr. Withers is a tyrannical old miser; Mrs. Withers dismisses her as a common shop girl; and Viola's sisters-in-law, Madge and Tina, are too preoccupied with their own troubles to give her much thought. Only the prospect of the upcoming charity ball can lift her spirits-especially as Victor Spring, the local prince charming, will be there. But Victor's intentions towards the young widow are, in short, not quite honorable.
Reviews: 7
betelgeuze
From the lady who brought us Cold Comfort Farm comes a slightly more serious, but no less sarcastic, novel. Gibbon has the happy ability, shared by so few (Dickens and Austen come to mind), of being able to deliver a Work of Literature in a way that feels more like sitting in a sunbeam eating fairy floss.

There's no Flora Post in this one, but it's still populated with eccentric and memorable characters. There's Mr Wither, the patriarch, who "liked to feel money on all sides of him, like a stout fence"; his wife, of whom we are told, "Mrs Wither came in, but he took no notice of her because he had seen her before"; their elder daughter Madge, who wondered, "Who'd want a baby when they could have a dog?"; younger daughter Tina, who at 35 read a book on feminine psychology, looked into her soul, and discovered that she wanted to be sensible, but not as much as she wanted the family's (much younger) chauffeur; and Viola, the young widowed daughter-in-law, who "did not look quite a lady, which was natural; as she was not one." Between all the zingers there are some taut observations about the nature of happiness and family relationships, and it all adds up to a proper treasure of a novel.
Shomeshet
Was looking for something different, a throw back, if you will. While the book starts slow, it builds and builds until I found myself laughing and rooting for Tina and Viola. The wit and sarcasm are well done and in the end this book stands firmly on its own apart from CCF. I am putting Stella into my bucket of favorite women writers alongside Connie Willis (bellwether and To Say Nothing of the Dog), Dodie Smith(I Capture the Castle), Elizabeth Gaskell(North and South), and Lady Jane Austen (Persuasion).
Erthai
Stella Gibbons wrote in the late 1930s of a life that is about to disappear. Reading this delightful novel in the light of the shadow of the war adds to the pleasure of seeing a beautiful moment in time at the end of an age.

Nobody is flawless in this novel, & that's what makes it so fine! The heroine is a shopgirl of great heart but minimal understanding, her family is a mess, her would-be lover is far from perfect but it all comes right at the end in fine style -as we knew it would. Great story, understandable if not always lovable characters & terrific fun throughout. I wish Stella Gibbons could give us more & more, but alas! SHE is no more!
Winenama
I love Stella Gibbon’s tidy endings. This Romeo & Juliet tale has a number of sweet and funny twists and the ending is far from tragic. A fun and enjoyable read!
Cells
But with plenty of characters for whom the worm turns. A young widow comes to live with her husbands dry, cold, repressed relatives. The chauffeur doesn't seduce the daughter, but how their romance proceeds is unpredictable. Charming, but not as crisp as Cold Comfort Farm. If you like old fashioned romances with some twenties sex talk, how shocking! You'll enjoy this rerelease on kindle. There are local gentry running through he book, but I don't want to spoil it for you.
Makaitist
I read this book because I have long loved "Cold Comfort" and was curious to see what else Ms Gibbons wrote. It is a romance, a story centrally concerned about the pairing off of men and women, which is a genre I've never really had much thirst for. I'm afraid that all the comments here comparing it to fairy tales and "The Tempest" left me half expecting some fantasy elements in the story, but though the comparisons are not inapt, it is not in that sense that they are meant. There is no fairy godmother in this Cinderella story. This is a story of fairly ordinary things happening to fairly ordinary people. It's also not a wild parody like "Cold Comfort." No legs fall off cows and the sukebind does not bloom. But there is plenty of quiet humor. Ms. Gibbons views every character, rich or poor, clever or (mostly) dimwitted, Capitalist or Communist, with a sharp critical eye, but somehow also finds something lovable about every single one. It's not a must-read classic like "Cold Comfort", but I liked it pretty well, and enjoyed seeing what kind of writer Stella Gibbons matured into.
Siramath
A sardonic look at the pre-WWII British class structure, mostly from the top down, that poses the question: "Can the truly vapid and clueless (albeit moderately attractive) find happiness?" Author Stella Gibbons takes the reader through 380 wittily-written pages before supplying the answers. What's unique and interesting about this mock romance is the general lack of intelligence, grace and self-awareness among its principal characters that should have killed off any reader sympathy or ongoing interest. Somehow the absence of those qualities doesn't hamper the story's entertaining progress.

One final observation: this might have been regarded as less a lampoon when it was first published, as attitudes about the "never the twains shall meet" social rules were pretty rigid at the time. Remember the brouhaha when Edward VIII was courting the common but rich Wallace Simpson? Today, as the oldest granddaughter of the queen of England marries a professional rugby player with a non-Oxbridge accent, crossing the lines isn't seen as so completely unacceptable.
This is a totally charming and enjoyable book. Not heavy at all, but not fluffy in the way that a lot of light novels can be. Her characters are well-built, and their faults fully acknowledged-- but that doesn't make them less appealing, just more believable. Read it when you need to smile.