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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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May 01, 2010

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bookshelves: re-read
Read in December, 2007 , read count: 3

Despite the modest rating, this was one of my favourite books, simply because I read it many times (yep, not the other way around). I first read the abridged version and I was like, what? If you noticed, at first the focus of the story was Mary Lennox, but it gradually switched to her sickly cousin Colin Craven. And in the end Colin seemed to be the main character. My experience was somewhat improved when I read it for the second time, though the change of the leading character still disturbed me. It was only when I read it for the third time, this time going slowly because I looked up every word which meaning I did not know from the dictionary, that I kind of understand why it did not feel weird for the writer to just alter the story like that. Reading a story only takes a fraction of the time spent to write it; it is easy to get lost in the world you created, especially if the world is as beautiful as the Secret Garden.
I am planning to read this again; not now but maybe in a few years time.

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