As booksellers, we often overhear customers lamenting that they've always meant to read “that other Jane Austen novel,” or Graham Greene, or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but just never found the time. We've tried to remedy that with our Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club by providing motivation and a welcoming space to share your thoughts.

In choosing our ‘classics’ over the past few years, we've tried to select titles that had some visibility among readers, but were not necessarily included in the standard high school English class. We've also sampled a range of genres, from mystery (The Long Goodbye) to comedy (Cold Comfort Farm) to stream-of-consciousness (To the Lighthouse). So, whether our picks are already gathering dust on your bookshelves or this is your first encounter with the literary canon, we encourage you to join us on the last Wednesday evening of every month for conversation about the classics.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

November 2006--Cold Comfort Farm

by Stella Gibbons

In its sly parody of the literary excesses of D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy, this beloved comic jewel is considered a classic of modern British literature. It also features one of my favourite protagonists of all time. Flora Poste, a recently orphaned young woman in 1920s London, decides to go to live with her provincial relatives, the Starkadders. Flora sets out to change things for the better on their dilapidated farm, ruled by the reclusive Aunt Ada Doom, who has not left the house in twenty years. With her impeccable taste and common sense, Flora brings light and order to the chaos of Cold Comfort Farm and its odd but lovable inhabitants.


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