Saturday, December 8, 2012

Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm   Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anyone who suffered through Tess of the D'Urbervilles in lit class will appreciate this parody of doom and gloom farm novels. Flora Poste descends upon her relations, the Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm, and coolly begins setting their backward lives to rights - from the sultry Seth to the traumatized matriarch Aunt Ada Doom, who many years before saw something nasty in the woodshed.

If you enjoyed The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer you will see the parallels between Flora and Sophy, two young women who have an unerring knack for rearranging other's lives with pleasing results. Also, I hope I'm not the only one amused by the parallel sayings of the Starkadders of Cold Comfort and the Starks of Winterfell: because there's always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort!

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