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Frances Hodgson Burnett
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The Lost Prince

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A stirring, deeply romantic adventure story about the lost heir to a kingdom, by the author of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess.
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Published (first published 1915)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Only you can answer that, as tastes are so subjective. I have read it twice and am currently listening to it on audiobook from It's an…moreOnly you can answer that, as tastes are so subjective. I have read it twice and am currently listening to it on audiobook from It's an adventure tale. The Penguin/Puffin edition is an abridgement that cuts out a lot of the philosophizing that appears in the uncut edition, you might prefer that one.

As I say, I'm on my third reading and I don't waste time with "unworth it" books.(less)
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Jan 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Marco is a 12 year old boy raised by his father and his father's devoted servant. They live in dingy little rented rooms that are visited by secretive gentlemen. They travel constantly, and Marco has been trained since birth to pass as a native of any of the countries in Europe. When a crisis hits, Marco needs all of his training and devotion to his father.

This is a romantic tale, not in the sense of love but in the sense that it's a fantasy of how European feudalism works, a bit like The Prison
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Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, buckle-my-swash
An excellent read, though maybe a little clean and tidy by modern standards. For once Burnett has given her protagonist a loving parent, if perhaps a little too good to be true. The elements of Eastern religion are woven into the story in an interesting way, and it's nice to see a story focused on non-white non-Western characters (Marco and his father Stefan are from the fictional East European country of Samavia, which was small but happy and prosperous until it fell into civil war). I suspect ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Thanks to and Susan Umpleby, the reader, for this audiobook version of a classic. I bought a copy of the (abridged) paperback edition and read it several years ago. Librivox has recorded the complete, uncut edition which includes a great deal more philosophy and mysticism than the paperback. I usually hate abridged editions, but this time I think they were onto a good thing. Burnett was a follower of Christian Science (which is neither Christian, nor science, as is often the way of ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a solid gold book by the genius who wrote the Secret Garden.

It features:

a 12 year old military genius

a quest, with crutches

a noble honest and true prince and his faithful snarky smart companion

someone nicknamed The Rat who is a dreamboat and a military genius!

... oh no, I see I've made a fatal mistake, all is discovered, look, don't arrest me, I was much younger when I first read it.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautiful and powerful book. This book has earned a place of honor on my bookshelves. I want all my children to read it! It is a classic of the first class! This book is heavy duty on the reading and vocabulary, many youngters of today would have a hard time getting into it at first, but once they understand where the story is going, I bet they won't be able to put it down!

So many things to learn from studying this story: What it means to be a man, the influence of a good Father on a
Jun 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess
Shelves: childrensbooks
Marco Lorestan, the hero of this story, is the lesser-known brother to Mary Lennox and Sara Crewe (and I guess Little Lord Fauntleroy, which, unbelievably, I have never read). I've always wondered why so few people have heard of this book, because Burnett's other stories are so famous, and the theme, about a clever, odd, out-of-place child coming of age in trying circumstances is very similar. It might be because all the characters are male and Burnett is not an especially convincing masculine w ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a feeling it would be great and I wasn't wrong. It was a very pleasant novel. I like almost everything about it: characters, places, adventures - all are very interesing.
I admit that the plot is very predictable but it didn't bother me. I could easly connected with the story and characters.

Young Marco is lovely. He has also this beautiful kindness, gentleness and wisdom which make him even more interesting as a child character. Also his father is a very strong character. And I felt sympat
Dec 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, favorites
This book is hardly known, and yet it to is written by the author of The Secret Garden. It was not the plot that engaged me, when I read it years ago, but how I felt for Marco and the Rat. I was in their shoes. When they were hurt, I was hurt. When they were happy, I was too. The author made me, a child, feel complete empathy for these two fictional characters.

I wonder if I would love it so much now, but for me then, it was one of the best books ever written. That is why I have given it 5 stars
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first bought my kindle, I wanted some books on it, but I didn’t want to pay for them (since I had just spent a bunch on the kindle). I was going through the free book list on kindle, and I saw some books by one of my favorite childhood authors, Frances Hodgson Burnett. Of course, I grabbed The Secret Garden, just to have it, but I also downloaded a book of hers that I had not yet read, The Lost Prince. (It’s still available for free on kindle, by the way.)

The main character, Marco, is a
Juliana Es
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, ebook, classics
As much as I love Secret Garden and A Little Princess, the same can't be said for this novel. It is okay, but I think it stretches far too long and moves a bit too slow. Burnett, I'm afraid, did not create a convincing strong male protagonist in the form of a twelve-year-old boy, even though she did inject good characteristics that not only I'd love any children to have, but myself, too.

I'd willingly reread A Little Princess and Secret Garden word by word anytime, but not The Lost Prince. The pl
Brenda Clough
If you are a Lord Peter Wimsey fan, then you remember in HAVE HIS CARCASE when Harriet Vane settles down in the boarding house and, instead of writing her novel, reads romantic novels? This must be one of the novels she read. In which a young man, raised in the most unpromising of circumstances, nevertheless exhibits innate nobility and royalty and finally steps forward to take the throne.
This plot almost cries out for parody, but in fact it's quite serious (like a similar work, GRAUSTARK). Jus
somewhat predictable but cute story of a boy working for a cause greater than himself.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps my estimate of the this book is influenced by how emotionally connected I am to the characters so settle in for a bit of a story.
When I first read this book it was simply because I knew to increase my vocabulary I needed to read classics as they tended to have more stimulating vocabulary that the other books in the sections of the library for my fellow 8th graders. I, being tired of finding books that bored me senseless, was rather wary of starting The Lost Prince. As I began the book I
One is either a fan of Burnett's or one is not. I am a fan. And while the melodrama may not be for everyone, I loved it.

This book is about Marco Loristan, his father, and his friend, a street urchin called "The Rat". Marco's father, Stefan, is a Samavian patriot working to overthrow the cruel dictatorship in the kingdom of Samavia. Marco and his father come to London where Marco strikes up a friendship with a crippled street urchin known as The Rat. The friendship occurs when Marco overhears The
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Story

I think this is a great book. I love the solemn, important feel it gave. So far, I have loved all of Francis Hodgeson Burnett's books; I love how they all focus on children. I loved the descriptions she gives of the various places. It makes me feel as if I were traveling there myself.
It is true, you can pretty well guess the ending early on, but then again, the mere title of the book would make you guess, so I do not think it took away from the story, especially when Marco hims
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
When I first discovered this book, I wondered why it wasn't as popular as some of Burnett's other works - The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy. Upon reading it, I realized it isn't quite ready for modern audiences - particularly due to her insertion of Secret-esque philosophy that preaches to the reader in several instances - but it has great potential if it could be rewritten and reworked. The disabled protagonist, daring spylike adventure and a far-off country at war gi ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should stop reading reviews for beautiful old children's classics like this one, because I enjoy them so much, but it seems the rest of the world is cynical. So is it predictable? Is the main character Too Good To Be Believed? Of course. But sometimes that's part of the charm. I love old books, and I wish there was more quality literature like it today.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was like a mystery adventure novel for 9 year old boys, in which there's no adventure, and the mystery is made so obvious in the first few chapters that you want to throw the book at a wall, except I listened to the audio version on my phone, and I wasn't going to throw my phone.
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was wholly original. Even so, I could tell what was coming at the end. In some ways it was a bit repetitive. While it was a good book, her other books were more engaging to me.
C Cain
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of my favorite books Need to know author name so as not to be confused with another title of same name
P.S. Winn
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where is Prince Ivor and what will those who want him to be king do if he isn't found. The author always tells a good tale and takes readers into adventure.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been my least favorite entry so far on my epic Frances Hodgson Burnett marathon. That isn't to say that the book is terrible, just that it is problematic and clumsy in contrast with the rest of FHB's work. FHB's works -- including this one -- both show and tell that good people are primarily the result of good nurture rather than good nature, and have many characters of high social standing who are as strictly principled as they are because they are so aware of both their power and thei ...more
Wayne Walker
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marco Loristan, twelve years old, has just moved to shabby quarters at No. 7 Philibert Place in London, England, with his father, Stefan Loristan, and their manservant Lazarus. The three have lived in many places, including Moscow, Paris, Munich, and Vienna, because they are refugees from Samavia (a fictitious eastern European country). Some 500 years before, the last legitimate king of Samavia was killed, and his heir, Prince Ivor Fedorovitch, mysteriously disappeared. The “Lost Prince” of Sama ...more
In this book, Hodgson gives the child protagonist a wider scenario for action and it doesn't work as well as her stories set in only one place.

The problem is that this adventure ends up being too plain and long. There isn't real excitement, danger or challenges for Marco and The Rat. They don't even have to run against the clock. I didn't feel any tension or suspense.

Honestly, the mystery was extremely obvious that it made me wonder why a smart boy like Marco didn't guessed it.The Rat's boy crus
Sara Wagner
When you first meet Marco, you want to just assume he is another grubby kid living in the slums of Victorian England, but you don't even need a second glance to realize there's more to him than that. Poor boys with patched up, dirty clothes and unkempt hair don't stand straight-backed and confident; sons of poor writers who are forced to travel from city to city every year do not look tend to look at their fathers with such unabashed admiration; and a starving father-son family does not travel a ...more
I started reading this a bit ago but as there was little left to it I didn't want to take it with me when I had to go into hospital for surgery. The Secret Garden and The Little Princess were probably my favorite books as a child, so I was curious to read something else by this author. I had never even heard of this. I was intrigued by the total absence of any female characters until the very end - the very unpleasant landlady and in practically the last sentence, a mention of the deceased mothe ...more
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the lesser-known novels for teenagers by Frances Hodgson Burnett (best known for 'The Secret Garden'). It was written about a hundred years ago, so is out of copyright and was free for my Kindle.

The story is loosely based on fact, but features an imaginary Eastern European country called Samavia. Marco, the young protagonist of the book, has been brought up as a patriot by his father, despite never having been there. He is observant and intelligent, and knows when to be quiet. He
Mary-Jean Harris
This is one of my favourite books, a very enchanting story. Marco is a very likeable character, as well as his friend the Rat. Although there is no "magic", the inclusion of Eastern spirituality was a nice touch, especially the "thought that thought all" and "mending the chain". It was a beautifully written book and also has a very Arthurian theme to it. Although some people have said that the story was too simple and unrealistic, I think Marco certainly went through many trials and didn't get o ...more
Just A. Bean
Pretty standard FHB. As with all her books, you kind of have to wade through the ludicrous plot and a fair amount of period classism, ableism and Orientalism, and then survive the odd left hand turn into a discourse on the power of prayer (which is thereafter able to work our heroes out of any crunch, and combines with the first three to form what is known in academic circles as "toxic bullshitism"). If you manage to get through all that, it's a very sweet story about two boys who would do anyth ...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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