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The Secret Garden

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  467,254 ratings  ·  8,745 reviews
What secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle's estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won't enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing of beauty--unaware that she i...more
Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published March 17th 2006 by Public Domain Books (first published 1911)
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K.D. Absolutely
Jun 28, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: TFG Top 100 Favorite Books (2011)
I am now confused. I do not know anymore what is my preference when it comes to books.

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
Todd
Sep 07, 2007 Todd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
Shelves: classics
I know this book seems out of place among the fare I usually read, but hey, all I can say is that I like what I like. There is some intangible quality to this book that really strikes a chord in me. The whole idea of that sickly child being healed with love, attention, and (forgive me an LDS joke) wholesome recreational activities, just somehow speaks Truth to me. I think this book has strong application to today's problems with the rising generation. I really believe that kids these days are ge...more
Shayantani Das
Except for the persistent India bashing, I loved this book. In fact Mistress Mary, I loved the ending so much that I forgive your English superiority complex. Next time you visit here though, allow me to take you on the ride across India, I hope your impression will change
Gundula
I first read this wonderful and evocative story at around age eleven (it was likely one of the first longer novels I read entirely in English). I simply adored The Secret Garden when I read it as a young teenager (or rather, a tween), I continued to love it when I reread it multiple times while at university, and I still loved the novel when I recently reread the story for the Children's Literature Group on Goodreads (and continue to love it).

I honestly think that I enjoyed The Secret Garden eve...more
Alison
Jun 29, 2008 Alison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gardeners; children
I seem to be the only woman I know who didn't read and cherish this book as a child. So I decided to see what all the fuss was about...

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
Amy
I guess I didn't miss much by not reading this book as a child. I don't really understand why it became a classic. It starts out interestingly enough with a very gothic setting. A little British girl named Mary survives a cholera epidemic in India and is sent to Yorkshire to live with her distant relatives. The author gives a vivid description of the beauty of the moors and the mysterious mansion that the girl goes to live in. The only other interesting part is really when Mary discovers the boy...more
Jacquelyn
Genre: Historical fiction Reading level: Ages 9-12
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
Cheryl in CC NV
This read was, of course, a re-read. I wore out the copy I had as a child, with its lovely illustrations by Tasha Tudor. What's interesting is what a different, but still marvelous, experience it is, reading it again almost 4 decades later. I didn't remember the beginning bit taking place in India. I could've sworn Mary visited, and brought gifts to, Martha's family's cottage. I didn't remember the ending being so abrupt.

Oddly enough, my 'favorite' bit was learning about how to tell if trees and...more
Simon
****SPOILERS****

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
Yulia
Silly me, I looked through all the editions to find the one I grew up with, but had no luck. But this is what I wrote about it a few months ago:

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
Merna
1 star for a classic?
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)

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
Hana
October 1 group read, Catching up on Classics
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/... and https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...

My replacement copy of the 1949 Lippincott edition, illustrated by Nora Unwin just arrived. My childhood copy was lost in a flood. I've missed it like an old and very dear friend. http://www.worldcat.org/title/secret-...

I love the illustrations for this edition--Unwin got the period detail, the characters, and the emotions absolutely right. I'll post some more images...more
Jamie
I finally read this after all these years. I loved the movies based on the book and now I have read it to see which version is the most accurate to the story. Frances Burnett made the characters fun, easy and enjoyable to read about! I especially liked the various point-of-views you read. From the staff, gardeners, and even the bird!
Ferdy
Four stars because:

-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
Rebecca Recco
Mar 04, 2008 Rebecca Recco rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially young girls.
Recommended to Rebecca by: my Mom
Shelves: favorites
This is my favorite book, ever! My Mom made me read it as a kid, and I really didn't want to. I put it off and put it off, and finally decided to just suck it up and read it. I think it took 10 pages for me to get completely hooked.

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
Robert
This story about how two children who managed to be both spoiled and neglected healed each other with the aid of a secret garden is something of a classic. I came across it in primary school and eventually got round to finding out if what I remembered as good really was: it is - fairly good, anyway. It becomes somewhat repetative in the latter half and the plot is entirely predictable from early on. It's also a bit over the top regarding the transformative power of nature and gardens. In fact (a...more
Kathleen
"Oh, what a queer house this is!" Mary said. "What a queer house! Everything is a kind of secret. The rooms are locked up and the gardens are locked up, and you! Have you been locked up?"

! 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
Lisa Vegan
Feb 25, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody, especially girls & women; animal and garden lovers; kids who have too much stuff
I read this book for the first time when I was nine, and unlike many books I loved back then I believe I read it only once or twice. I just reread it, finishing on 2/25/11, for a March 2011 discussion for the Children's Books group’s Fiction Books Club, one of the months chosen to read a classic vs. contemporary book. I’d remembered enough to give it 5 stars but not enough to review it, though I recalled the gist of the story well enough. I’m so glad I reread it now, nearly a half century after...more
Cheryl
Frances Hodgson Burnett looked to gardening for healing from grief and mental collapse--she also believed in metaphysical healing. Every day she wrote in a "walled rose garden." She loved reading Dickens and Charlotte Bronte. It shows in this book.

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
Nikki
Two days after surgery to remove one of my internal organs, I think I can be forgiven for lapsing into extreme nostalgia... at least I haven't reached for my illustrated copy of Heidi yet? I didn't actually have an illustrated copy of The Secret Garden, growing up -- or if it did have illustrations, they were few and far between, and in black and white. But I read the book to bits (I still have a copy held together with brown tape), and even a non-visual person like me builds up some mental imag...more
Mish
I’ve been an avid reader all my life; surrounded by books, (Little Golden books in particular), as a little child as far back as I can remember. But some time during my reading life and growing up, I abandoned these books and took in adult horror and crime; missing out on a whole genre of Children Literature, which was probably more appropriate for my age at that time. So when the opportunities come along to read Children Literature, as it did for a book club, I made sure I got involved. I’m ver...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

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.

Kathleen's review

Frances Hodgson Burnett could give Anthony Robbins, Jim Rohn, and Brian Tracey a run for the money in the area of motivation...more
B-zee
Percaya, berpikir positif, dan terus bergerak. Segala hal yang awalnya tampak mustahil bisa menjadi nyata.

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
Zulfy Rahendra
Yang saya pikirkan ketika selesai membaca ini adalah, "apakah anak-anak indonesia sekarang udah baca buku ini? Buku ini amat sangat teramat jauh lebih layak dibaca dan mendidik dibandingkan nonton Coboy Junior nyanyi di tipi." *aiiiihh, seorang upi mikirin masalah tumbuh kembang anak bangsa!!* *kemudian dirukiyah* *okey, ini efek liat bocah 5 taun ngamuk-ngamuk karena ibunya mindahin channel tipi yang nayangin Coboy Junior* *Oh God Why* *saya ga akan membesarkan anak saya di indonesia* *ah belag...more
Carol
MISTRESS MARY, QUITE CONTRARY. HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? WITH SILVER BELLS AND COCKLESHELLS. AND MARIGOLDS ALL IN A ROW."

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
LiteraryLover
When I was growing up one of my favorite movies was the 1993 version of The Secret Garden. I've watched it several times since then and it still holds up pretty well. However I've never read the book and thought I'd finally get around to reading it.
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
El
I picked this up at my volunteer-job at the library because it occurred to me that I have never (in my memory) read this book. Now, it's possible I did read it but forgot about it because my memory is a big-fat-lying-liar sometimes. But I asked my mom and she said she also didn't remember it being around, mostly because she didn't like the story herself, so she never encouraged us to read it. I didn't understand what that could possibly mean since everyone else seems to adore this book.

I read it...more
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
One of my absolute favourites <3

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
Fiona
I finally read this book, after having always wanting too.

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
Harun Harahap
”Buang jauh-jauh pikiran buruk!”

Kalimat di atas sering kita dengar dan baca, khususnya di buku-buku pengembangan diri. Buku ini yang memuat kisah sederhana tentang persahabatan anak-anak pun menawarkan pesan yang sama. Tapi kisah indah ini lebih mudah untuk diresapi bahkan dinikmati.

Jika pikiran kita selalu disesaki segala hal yang buruk dan negatif, maka awan yang berarak indah di langit pun dilihat sebagai kumpulan awal yang membosankan. Sebaliknya, jika kita terus berpikiran positif, kesialan...more
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Frances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond. She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Hodgson began to write, in order to sup...more
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