Cold Comfort Farm
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  1. What is this book a parody of (alternatively, what is this book NOT a parody of)? What are its most effective or least effective mechanisms of parody?
  2. What are the novel’s views of gender relations and of "male" and "female" behavior? Are tensions between men and women important in the book, and if so, what is the nature of these tensions?
  3. What kind of reader is "constructed" by the text – i.e., does this novel seem to address itself to an elite literary reader or to a more commonsensical reader?
  4. What does Gibbons’s asterisk system mean?
  5. Do feminist ideas emerge from this novel?

* Some questions from Swarthmore Book Group