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The Secret Garden
Commissioned by award-winning Penguin art director Paul Buckley, the Penguin Threads series debuts with cover art by Jillian Tamaki for three gift-worthy Penguin Classic ...more
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When I was a kid, I wanted to read only books with pictures like the illustrated "Alice in the Wonderland" or "Rip Van Winkle". Until I read "Silas Marner" with no pictures and I said, wow, books with no pictures are also great!
When I was a teenager, I said I don't like to read books that are hard to understand and read by adults until I read "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov and I said, wow, I did not know that th ...more
Also: counting this as my first BookTubeAThon read even if I read only 2 pages during the actual readathon, I NEED ALL THE BOOKS I CAN GET
There's a lot of subtle things Frances Hodgson Burnett does right: The way she relates the Garden to Colin's mother and how that affects his relationship with his father--and how all of these things have made him a horribly spoiled brat. That thinking a little differently, and getting ...more
I honestly t ...more
I had to read this for class, but I'm happy that I did! I read A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett when I was younger and loved it, so I'm pleased that I had the chance to read this for a class.
Definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to read an easy classic as I love her writing.
It took me a while to get in step with the tone of this book. The beginning was Jane Eyre-lite...Mary is orphaned and sent from India to England to live with her uncle, a stranger to her. The story progresses...and then....Mary's talking to a robin, and he's showing her where buried keys are. At that point, the mood shifted, and I sat back to enjoy not a literary ...more
This delightful children's classic, first published in 1911, pulled me right in with the cholera outbreak and continued with a bit of mystery, lots of magic and some pretty important learning experiences for both children and adults alike.
Not surprising this wonderful work is on the "100 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once" list. Enchanting super-fast read with a beauty...more
What a scandal.
Well, it is the first classic that I'm giving 1 star for so it’s fairly a big deal.
Although I did not finish this, I already know how the book wraps up. (view spoiler)[Take a guess. Bratty kid. Mean uncle. Sick kid. (hide spoiler)]
Here's the thing:
Classics deal with universal ideas. The Secret Garden deals with kids who have been neglected emotionally by their parents, and even though it's overdone now days, I can understand why it was so popular a century a ...more
OK, I must have read and loved this book 40 or so years ago. (Yikes!) I liked it a lot this time round, but it was troubling to me in several ways. It starts off as the story of Mary, a girl suffering from epic neglect. (Her entire household in Colonial India, parents, servants, everyone, die from cholera or flee the house with no-one bothering to think about her, leaving her alone, not knowing what's happening, if anyone is there, scavenging for food from unfinished meals on the ...more
Want to know the Secret? This book was written almost a century before Byrne and Oprah shared their version. The garden is only the beginning of the story of a brat, orphaned in India, who moves to huge lonely house in Yorkshire, England. It isn’t only the wind that haunts the moors, but the wails of her tyrant cousin. With the help of a local family, the two children learn to heal their bodies and minds with fresh air, exercise, and a little man ...more
Lo so, purtroppo leggo e rileggo il libro e continua a rimanermi questo tarlo.. Per il resto amo questo libro come quando l'ho letto 20 anni fa** :')
**VENTI ANNI?? ... VENTIANNI?!?! Dov'è finita la mia giovinezza!!!
Nature and fresh air--all symbolisms. How can someone write about these simple elements and leave you interested? They throw in a couple of children protagonists who are psychologically and physically healed from a hidden, charitable garden. They spri ...more
La vita è troppo breve per serbare rancori, arrendersi, costruire dei muri intorno a sé...
"Il giardino segreto" è l'emozionante resurrezione di due personaggi, ognuno dei due colpevole per colpe altrui ed entrambi silenziosamente desiderosi di amicizia e amore, sentimenti per lungo tempo negati.
Viviamo in una società ove facciamo coincidere il nostro benessere c ...more
“Where you tend a rose, my lad,
A thistle cannot grow.”
„One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts – just mere thoughts – are as powerful as electric batteries – as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live.”
Although I grew up, ...more
-I love ALL Children's books — classics and non-classics alike. I don't care how rubbish the story or characters are, I still end up loving them. There's just something charming about them.
There's no teenage angst, adult bullshit, love triangles, teens saving the world, insta-love or Mary Sues/Marty Sues (okay there is kind of one Mary Sue in TSG but he didn't bother me too much).
Its storytelling that doesn't rely 100% on cliched characters or tropey plot lines. Although they ...more
Well, let's put it like this: if I had read The Secret Garden when I was a kid, I would've been totally in love with the story and the characters. Even now, when I'm a young adult, my inner child has still managed to spring out of my personality and enjoy Mary, Dickon and Colin's story.
The Secret Garden is a beautiful motivational story about the relationship between human and nature, and the power of thinking (and do ...more
"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden."
This is one of my favorite quotes that makes me see colors in the world again.
I couldn't resist reading it after watching the lovely movie "The Secret Garden (1993)" that was completely different .. But you need to watch it after all because it will simply make you happy and you will smile.
I just had to think a lot about what to write and event ...more
Frances Hodgson Burnett uses the novel to explore the themes of mental and physical damage and healing. In contrast to the traditional Victorian literary trope of angelic children, the two main protagonists in The Secret Garden are extremely unlikable; yet despite, or even because of their flaws, they are able to heal others--and themselves. Along the way, Bur ...more
Mary Lennox is a spoiled, disagreeable orphaned ten year old when she is sent to live on her uncle’s estate in Yorkshire. Used to living in a household of servants in India she has always been sickly and pampered. Left largely to her own devices she begins to explore the manor. Before long she uncovers some secrets, makes friends, and changes her outlook on life.
This is a classic of children’s literature, first published in 1911. At heart it is about the r ...more
In the third grade, I would have been hopelessly overwhelmed by my reading assignments had my father not offered to help by reading aloud every other chapter to me and having me read him the rest. We did this in the bedroom, as my mother openly complained how he made a travesty of the English language, with his Russian accent and his putting stress on th ...more
This book is definitely better than I expected it to be. Although it took me a very long time to finish since it doesn't have much romance, but it was enjoyable to read about Mary and how she made friends, and family. I also really like the message this book gives, and it also shows how a person should always look on the bright side.
Another good point about this book is that there weren't hated characters at all. Mary, Colin, and Dickin were cute and adventurous. I don't partially ...more