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Secret Garden

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Ten-year-old orphan Mary Lennox comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden. (from the book's listing with the Plano Public Library System in Plano, TX)
Published June 1st 1988 by Metropolitan Museum of Art (first published 1911)
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Jemma It's for everyone, I think. It's not like romance or fantasy, but the story line is really beautiful and I really enjoyed it. It's great. :)
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Amariah Dixon No. They were young children throughout the book and simply friends.
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Love love love
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
Shayantani Das
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way - or always to have it.”

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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
عنوانها: باغ اسرارآمیز؛ باغ مخفی؛ باغ راز؛ نویسنده: فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و چهارم ماه ژوئن سال 1994 میلادی
عنوان: باغ اسرارآمیز؛ نویسنده: فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم: شمس الملوک مصاحب؛ تاریخ نشر فرانکلین: 1340، در 338 ص
عنوان: باغ مخفی؛ نویسنده: فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم: نوشین ریشهری؛ تهران، سروش، انتشارات صدا و سیما، 1372، در 203 ص، شابک چاپ سوم در سال 1389: 9789643769185؛
عنوان: باغ مخفی؛ نویسنده: فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم: مهرداد مه
Henry Avila
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two sickly, arrogant, lonely, neglected, little children, from wealthy families, both ten, cousins, live continents apart , Mary Lennox, in hot, steamy , colonial India, and Colin Craven, he in rainy, cold, Yorkshire, northern England, a cripple, just before the start of the First World War, they don't even known the other exists, but will soon, both like to show contempt to servants, by yelling at them, while giving orders . Mary is spoiled, unhappy, and angry, her beautiful mother, loves parti ...more
Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
I first read this wonderful and evocative absolute and utter gem of a story at around age twelve or thirteen (it was likely one of the first longer novels I read entirely in English, not counting those books read for school). I simply adored Frances Hodgson Burnett's 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 massively loved the novel when I reread the story for the Children's ...more
Brian Yahn
The Secret Garden is a "lovely" story in every sense of the word. Primarily, it's about three kids: Mistress Mary, Dickon, and Master Colin--and how just thinking a little differently can change a person completely.

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
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top, i-said, paperwhite
Where, you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.

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, little
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 27/100 of 2015

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.
Dannii Elle
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 even honed my later love for female Got ...more
Joanne Harris
Re-read this, after many years, as part of my children books experiment. Several revelations so far: One, the plot is basically JANE EYRE, with an asexual Rochester who keeps, not his wife, but his son, in the attic. Two, it's surprisingly easy to read the characters of both Mary and Colin as being on the autistic spectrum. (Her rudeness; her insensitivity to others, her obsessiveness: his tantrums; his introspection; his obsessions.) Three; the pantheism and everyday magic of the story is a lot ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
“The cholera had broken out in its most fatal form and people were dying like flies.”

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 anyt
Helene Jeppesen
This is a lot of people's favourite children's classic, and for that reason I was very intrigued to read it. Having now finished it, I'm convinced that had I grown up with this story as a child, I would've been even more enchanted by it than I was now, reading it for the first time as an adult.
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
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There's naught as nice as th' smell o' good clean earth, except th' smell o' fresh growin' things when th' rain falls on 'em. I get out on th' moor many a day when it's rainin' an' I lie under a bush an' listen to th' soft swish o' drops on th' heather..."

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 also because it

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

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
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Feb 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1 star for a classic?
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)

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
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preferiti
La ricerca del proprio giardino

"Uno degli aspetti più strani della vita è che solo di tanto in tanto siamo sicuri di vivere a lungo, molto a lungo, forse per sempre."

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 co
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this novel and you will start dreaming about your very own secret garden.

"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
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Ο Μυστικός κήπος είναι ένα όμορφο παραμύθι, αλλά και πολλά περισσότερα από αυτό. Είναι μια αλληγορική ιστορία που μιλάει για την ψυχή, που όταν της δίνεις ήλιο, νερό, την αγαπάς, ανθίζει σαν τις τριανταφυλλιές του μυστικού κήπου. Τι μπορεί να θέλει ο άνθρωπος περισσότερο από αγάπη;
Μια ιστορία που πρέπει να είναι μέσα στα πρώτα 5 βιβλία που δίνουμε στα παιδιά μας να διαβάσουν.
This whole book was pure magic and I loved it.
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
It took years for me to finally read this. And have now I love re-reading it. 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! Normally I don't like too many POVs but this works nicely with smooth transitions. It is a peaceful, relaxing story to enjoy.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
This is a book I have read over and over again. With the lovely characters that grow in stature, strength, and wisdom through the book, it is a wonderful progression. From the moment you meet pinched faced Mary, you come to love the little girl that has lost so much. Her sadness has become a part of her and one that she struggles to throw off. Her curiosity is lovely and brings Colin and Dicken into the picture. What a lovely lively trio they are. Each one overcoming great sadness, pain and soli ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Amy | shoutame
I can't believe I have taken this long to read this book. The Secret Garden is one of my all time favourite films from when I was younger, I can always remember it being on the TV of a Sunday afternoon so I had a feeling I would love the book just as much.

We follow the young Mary Lennox as she is sent over from India to live with her Uncle in England, this is due to the fact that both of Mary's parents have passed away and she has nowhere else to go. We soon learn that Mary is a pretty unlikable
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage
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
Raevyn Oswald
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read summer 2016. Very good.

Re-read fall 2017. Rating lowered to four stars. It’s still good, but not as amazing as I remembered.


Violence and darkness
A lot of people die of cholera in the beginning: Mary beats and kicks a native servant; Archibald Craven’s wife has died before the story begins; Medlock threatens to box Mary’s ears; Colin believes he will die; Ben Weatherstaff shakes his fist a few times

“Wench” seven Times; “dang me”; “stupid” Three Times; “danged”; “drat”; the “ja
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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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