The Secret Garden
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 ...more
As a child, I read this book at least four or five times, along with Frances Hodgson Burnett's other childhood stories about Sarah Crewe (Little Princess) and Cedric (Lord Fauntleroy). They represented a rite of passage for me as a person and as a reader. There is magic involved in coming-of-age stories where children strive to find the kind of life they are meant to live, against all odds, and I fel ...more
The Secret Garden is a children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett first published as a book in 1911, after a version was published as an American magazine serial beginning in 1910. Set in England, it is one of Burnett's most popular novels and is considered a classic of English children's literature. Several stage and film adaptations have been made.
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I have vivid memories of reading this renowned children's classic when I was very young. I can distinctly recall my shock at reading a book with such an initially dislikable protagonist, the likes of which I had not yet discovered during my few years of reading. I was intrigued by the petulant Mary Lennox and was enchanted by her discovery of the secret garden. This, I believe, was my my first introduction to dark and brooding main characters, and probably e ...more
Publication Date: 1911
"Ofcourse there must be lots of Magic in this world" he said wisely one day "but people don't know what it is."
- Begins as a slow story of an unwanted and ugly child, who grew up to be very disagreeable (Mistress Mary quite Contrary).
- I felt that the curiosity element in this book is the strongest, which makes us curious too.
- Description of the moor, its plants, its breeze, its dampness, its animals and birds is heavenly. (Its saddening to me that/>"Ofcourse/>Publication ...more
Originally published in 1911 The Secret Garden is a true children’s classic. One that adults should read as well.
Mary Lennox was born in India. A plain little girl she was not wanted by her mother or father and consequently handed over to the servants to raise. Because her Ayah and the other servants feared her mother would be angry if she was disturbed, Mary was consequently given her own way. She soon became a bossy, nasty, ...more
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, ...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.
Somewhere around the age of seven or eight I came across a beautiful book in my local library that contained both The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I instantly latched onto it and completely fell in love with the two stories. Over the years I checked that book out again and again, and eventually got my own copies.
There is something about The Secret Garden that is so hard to capture in a review. From that first readin ...more
I'm such a sucker for dark atmosphere, overly passionate tempers, and a manor on the moors (my enduring love of Wuthering Heights is a testament to this). The Secret Garden was worth the re-read not only for these elements, but als ...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 of a cover. Loved it!
There, is a cheery start to one of the most optimistic novels I have ever read. Occasionally I pick a Librivox audiobook book based on who the reader is, for this version of The Secret Garden, it is read by Karen Savage, one of the few professional level readers who have graciously narrated entire books for Librivox’s public domain audiobooks.
Listen to a sample and you will understand.
I didn’t really know anything about The Secret Garden, the ...more
I'm not going to go into any details as to why I didn't absolutely love this book, simply because I didn't feel like anything was necessarily wrong with it. It was a good and sweet story about changes and ...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/>/>What ...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 litera ...more
Still it brings joy to me every single time, still it reminds me of the magic my heart felt when first I read it, that unlimited fountain of happiness that can't stop bubbling.
This is a real treasure, it always brightens up my life, it always reminds me of the power of positive thought and how easy it is to succumb to negativity in this world, no matter your age or gender or religion.
May the magic ...more
This is a beautiful book and so well written, it has everything a story needs to fuel the imagination of a child, a big rambling house set on the moors, a secret garden, a couple of spoilt children and a big family who value life and friendships and put others needs before theirs.
The best part about this book is the detailed description of the childish nature of the protagonists, which is bound to bring a smile on the lips of the readers. No matter how sad you're feeling, or how depressed you are, The Secret Garden is sure to lift your mood. The way the author has described the garden, the creatures, and the nature in general, is heartwarming.
"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 w ...more
Mary encounters many odd things for her, Mrs Medlock, Martha, putting on her own clothes, being told what to do, Ben, a robin, weird crying sounds, Secrets, the Manor, Martha's Mother, gardening, Secrets, skipping rope, a key, Dickon, Secrets, a ...more
The story is simple. A girl comes from India after the death of her parents to a Manor house in England and there, she looks for a secret garden that is full of promises.
I loved the way magic is used, and the effects on the members of the family, and I enjoyed the simplicity ...more
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