By Stella Gibbons
"Quite easily one of many funniest satirical novels of the final century." —Nancy Pearl, NPR's Morning Edition
The deliriously entertaining Cold convenience Farm is "very most likely the funniest ebook ever written" (The Sunday Times, London), a hilarious parody of D. H. Lawrence's and Thomas Hardy's earthy, melodramatic novels. while the lately orphaned socialite vegetation Poste descends on her relations on the aptly named chilly convenience Farm in inner most Sussex, she unearths a singularly depressing staff in dire desire of her specific expertise: organization.
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But she reminded herself that Sussex, when all was said and done, was not quite like other counties, and that when one observed that these people lived on a farm in Sussex, the address was no longer remarkable. For things seemed to go wrong in the country more easily and more frequently, somehow, than they did in Town, and such a tendency must naturally reflect itself in local nomenclature. Yet she could not decide in what way to address them, so she ended (for by now it was nearly one o’clock and she was somewhat exhausted) by sending a straightforward letter explaining her position, and requesting an early reply as her plans were so unsettled, and she was anxious to know what would happen to her.
There is a sister of Mother’s at Worthing (as though that were not enough, she breeds dogs). A female cousin of Mother’s lives in Kensington. And there are also some distant cousins, connections of Mother’s, I believe, who live in Sussex …’ ‘Sussex …’ mused Mrs Smiling. ‘I don’t much like the sound of that. ’ ‘I am afraid they do,’ confessed Flora, reluctantly. ‘However, I need not try them unless everything else fails. ’ cried Mrs Smiling; ‘you must be mad. Why, you would die after the first week.
Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Stella Gibbons