'We are not like other folk, maybe, but there have always been Starkadders at Cold
Sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste has been expensively
educated to do everything but earn a living. When she is orphaned at twenty, she decides her
only option is to descend on relatives - the doomed Starkadders at the aptly named Cold
There is Judith in a scarlet shawl, heaving with remorse for an
unspoken wickedness; raving old Ada Doom, who once saw something nasty in the woodshed;
lustful Seth and despairing Reuben, Judith's two sons; and there is Amos, preaching fire and
damnation to one and all.
As the sukebind flowers, Flora takes each of the
family in hand and brings order to their chaos.
Cold Comfort Farm is a
sharp and clever parody of the melodramatic and rural novel.
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