The Secret Garden
Left to herself there is little to do apart from explore the huge, gloomy house and its surrounding until, one sunny morning, she stumbles across a secret garden, hidden behind ivy-clad walls. For the first time in her sad short life she has found something to care for and determines t ...more
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
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
I honestly think that I enjoyed The Secret Garden eve ...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
Oddly enough, my 'favorite' bit was learning about how to tell if trees and ...more
What a scandal.
Well, it is the first classic 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 struggle with weakened attention spans. Even though it's overdone now days, I can understand why it was so popular, say a century ago. I already no ...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
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
-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
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
! FREE audio version of this uplifting children's classic, set in Yorkshire, England, about 1910. Fine character development, inspirational and motivational themes, plus a good mystery. Granted, the author pushes the power of fresh air and Mother Nature a tad much, but she avoids pious judgmentalism, and I ador ...more
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
I think I loved the book so much because it was all about bringing about life and growth through love. All the main characters are sort of "forgotten" in some way or another, and they go on this adventure when Mary finds a key to a secret, walled garden. The garden ha ...more
I really enjoyed this children's tale which I've meant to read for quite some time now. I've been spending a lot of time painting so have finally gotten around to listening to some audiobooks. I'm including a link to my friend Kathleen's review because she includes links to Libravox where a person can find and download this book for free.
Frances Hodgson Burnett could give Anthony Robbins, Jim Rohn, and Brian Tracey a run for the money in the area of motivation ...more
Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world, but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.
Tentu saja di dunia ini pasti ada banyak Sihir, tapi orang tidak tahu seperti apa bentuknya dan bagaimana membuatnya. Mungkin awalnya cukup mengatakan hal-hal baik akan terjadi sampai kau m ...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
It was lovely as I thought it would be. There were a few differences in character personalities and little details in the book from the movie but nothing big or drastic. I think the only reason I'm not giving it five stars is I kind of think the movi ...more
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I loved this book so much as a child. It has mystery, an air of enchantment, grief, family, friendship and love, all wrapped up in a charming, heartwarming story.
Mary is certain that she's going to hate living in her new home, so different from what she is used to, where she has come from. Newly orphaned, scared and sickly, it takes her awhile to adjust to her new life at Misselthwaite Manor.
Then she discovers the secret garden, and begins to recover... This ...more
As a child, I remember going to see the 1993 film and I have always loved that. Perhaps that is what kept me from reading it so much, having loved the film so much I suppose I saw no need to read the book.
I am glad I have read it now, more then glad as it is a lovely, sweet and beautifully written book. I thought it was going to be more childish, but in fact it is not. It is a pity they do not also publish this book as an adult book as we ...more
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