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Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was an English- American playwright and author. She was best known for her children's stories, in particular The Secret Garden (1911) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886). Her first story was published in Godey's Lady's Book in 1868. Her main writing talent was combining realistic detail of workingclass life with a romantic plot. Her first ...more
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
(first published 1877)
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In realtà, due stelle e mezza: la Burnett pesca in questo caso nei luoghi comuni più scontati, e la sua bella e ingenua eroina non se ne avvantaggia. La storia è gradevole, ha qualche spunto originale, e la scrittura è sempre di alto livello; ma non considererei questo il suo miglior romanzo.
I didn't realize how many books Burnett had written - it's a long list! I had an inkling what this one would be like, and my fears were fully realized. "Theo" was a cumulus cloud of romantic cliches. It was hard to stomach. Honestly. I love "The Secret Garden", but this will be my last FHB novel. It helped to kill a few hours of housecleaning, but I found myself making lists of all the fantastic ways I could do away with the characters. In a word, Blech! I'm off to find a book with some testoste ...more
As beautiful as Theo undoubtedly was, I do wish as a heroine she had had more substance. A strong female character in the likes of Sara Crewe or Mary Lennox would have been a better match for intelligent Denis, the intrepid journalist. Theo's sister Pamela and Denis's fiancee Priscilla were much more complex and attractive characters. The romance was far fetched as they did not seem like equals, more of infatuation and hero-worship in their parts.
"Sprightly" it was not. It was a fairly forgettable, sentimental story about a 16-year-old girl who falls in love with a young man who is engaged, and they both try to be all noble and self-sacrificing about it, only partly succeeding. The outcome hinges, not on them, but on the fiancee. Ultimately both of the main characters just seem a little too victim-like, although it's a happy ending.
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 ...moreMore about Frances Hodgson Burnett...