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Aug 08, 2009 K.D. Absolutely 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 …more
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The Written Review
Orphaned Mary Lennox had a sour face, bitter temperment and dismal dispostion.
But could you blame her? Nine years old and she was barely shown an ounce of affection.
Her parents saw her as an accessory (to be paraded about for parties) and when they died, and Mary shipped off to live with a distant uncle…she felt just as alone as ever.
She spent her time on t …more
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
Jan 04, 2021 Ruby Granger rated it it was amazing
I cannot believe this took me so long to read.
In the spirit of A Little Princess, this story recognises the characteristics we must prize most as human beings. The book follows contrary Mary Lennox as she learns a very important lesson from a very secret garden.
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
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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Jun 25, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
“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 …more
Book 16 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge.
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 parties, doesn’t look kind …more
This book is so magical! I love it so much!! 💕🌸
I have a special edition coming that I hope to share with y’all.
Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 …more
Nov 23, 2009 Manybooks rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANYONE
I first read this wonderful and evocative absolute and utter gem of a story at around the age of twelve (and it was likely one of the first longer novels I read entirely in English, not counting those books read entirely for school). And 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 …more
Dec 26, 2020 Maureen rated it it was amazing
A favourite from many years ago, fantastic to reconnect with it in 2020! Wonderful.
Aug 22, 2007 Todd rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
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
Genre: Fiction, Classic.
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 …more
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.
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 …more
This was an absolute joy ride and like my friend Karin put it, it was ‘lovely and heartwarming’ 😊. …more
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 …more
this is probably magic.
Frances Hodgson Burnett probably made a deal with the devil, or was BFFs with a fairy, or indulged in some light witchcraft.
i can’t imagine another way to make a century’s worth of indoor kids think hanging out in a garden, being outside at all seasons, and engaging in manual labor on a regular basis sounds fun. no one who reads children’s classics is outdoorsy.
but she did it, because i, a kid who had to be forced to spend time in nature, read this book approximately one …more
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
One of my most cherished books. 💖
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 reading, and for e …more
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. …more
A favorite from grade school era.
Note: On +61404532026 received this B&N leather-bound copy for my permanent collection of all-time favorite books. (Christmas came a little bit early this year)
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, littl …more
MISTRESS MARY, QUITE CONTRARY. HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? WITH SILVER BELLS AND COCKLESHELLS. AND MARIGOLDS ALL IN A ROW.”
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 …more
Feb 21, 2008 Amy rated it liked it
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
Feb 17, 2013 Merna rated it did not like it
1 star for a popular and beloved classic?
What a scandal.
Well, I think this is the first classic that I’m giving a 1 star for so it’s a fairly big deal.
Although I did not finish this, I already know how the book wraps up. (view spoiler)
Here’s the thing:
Many 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 under …more
Is there anything better than cocooning in bed on a cold and rainy night, listening to The Secret Garden?? Just PURE BLISS.
Martha & her mother & Dickon & Colin & Mistress Mary… How very charming!
Seriously I got serious deja vu reading about Dickon. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Dickon were to grow up to be Edmund!! (from How I Live Now)
Audiobook narrated by Karen Savage …more
This is a beautiful children’s book which somehow I’ve missed reading as a child. It is very unfortunate, for I would have been really enchanted by it. The book brought back my childhood memories. My childhood home had a large garden with lots of roses. My mother tended to them and I used to help her. When I was a little older (younger than Mary Lennox in Secret Garden), I wanted my own thatch, so I got a nice square corner at one end of the garden with my own tiny garden tool set. I remember ho …more
“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 …more
I wish I could give this 1,000 stars.
Feb 22, 2019 Garg Ankit rated it it was amazing
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a lovely book. I had a jolly time reading it, and so will you.
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.
It is a perfect book …more