"It was true that in novels dealing with agricultural life no one ever did anything so courteous as to meet a train"
French Philosopher, Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) whose thinking had a major influence on the development of all Postmodern art forms
Creative Commons AttributionFrench Philosopher, Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) whose thinking had a major influence on the development of all Postmodern art forms - Credit: Pablosecca, Wikimedia Commons

It can be fairly said that Cold Comfort Farm is not an easily classifiable book and that it was, to a certain extent, ‘ahead of its time’.  Some aspects fit into the Modernist tradition, as exemplified by the work of other modernist writers such as T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence.  Various other aspects fit more easily into the Postmodernist tradition, which is characteristic of those novelists writing from the 1970s onwards, including Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson, Salman Rushdie and Will Self. One postmodern aspect of Stella Gibbons’ writing in Cold Comfort Farm is her tendency to incorporate metafictional observations into the text which draw attention to the fact that the novel is a work of fiction and, as such, an artifice. The quotation above could, therefore, be viewed as a metafictional observation, as could this remark later on in the novel: ‘Mrs Starkadder was the Dominant Grand-mother Theme which was found in all typical novels of agricultural life'.