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Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

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Staff Pick

No one is safe in Stella Gibbon's archly comic gem, as fashionable London fops and wild and wooly country cousins collide and are satirized in equal measure when modern, bright, and charming Flora goes to stay with her farm-dwelling relatives after the death of her parents, and determines to drag the backwards crew into the 20th century. Put Jane Austen's Emma in the guise of one of Waugh's Bright Young Things and send her traipsing blithely into the realm of the Brontes (complete with a madwoman upstairs), and you have some idea of the hijinks that ensue in this send-up of the English pastoral novel, still bracingly hilarious 80-plus years after it was first published.
Recommended by Patrick, Powell's Books at PDX

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Publisher Comments:

"Quite simply one of the funniest satirical novels of the last century." — Nancy Pearl, NPR's Morning Edition

THE DELIRIOUSLY ENTERTAINING Cold Comfort Farm is "very probably the funniest book ever written" (The Sunday Times, London) — a hilarious parody of D. H. Lawrence's and Thomas Hardy's earthy, melodramatic novels. When the recently orphaned socialite Flora Poste descends on her relatives at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm in deepest Sussex, she finds a singularly miserable group in dire need of her particular talent — organization.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140188691
Author:
Gibbons, Stella
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
England
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Family -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
Pastoral fiction.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
Series Volume:
no. 807
Publication Date:
19960201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.71x4.99x.56 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Classics - English 9780140188691 Reviews:
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No one is safe in Stella Gibbon's archly comic gem, as fashionable London fops and wild and wooly country cousins collide and are satirized in equal measure when modern, bright, and charming Flora goes to stay with her farm-dwelling relatives after the death of her parents, and determines to drag the backwards crew into the 20th century. Put Jane Austen's Emma in the guise of one of Waugh's Bright Young Things and send her traipsing blithely into the realm of the Brontes (complete with a madwoman upstairs), and you have some idea of the hijinks that ensue in this send-up of the English pastoral novel, still bracingly hilarious 80-plus years after it was first published.

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