Related Books and Guides. I guess my realization is this: India , country that occupies the greater part of South Asia. 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. When I became a husband, my sex life became busy, I stopped heavy reading and concentrated on my job not on copulating you silly so I just grabbed some easy-read bestsellers like "The Da Vinci Code", "The Kite Runner" until my daughter came and I had to read some children's books to her and she loved them but I secretly hated them until I read to her "The Little Prince" and said, wow, there are still children's books that can speak to me even if I am a grown up man!
It sounded as if he liked her and was not the least afraid she would not like him, though he was a common moor boy, in patched clothes and with a funny face and a rough, rusty-red head. One of the most delightful and enduring classics of children's literature, The Secret Garden by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett has remained a firm favorite with children the world over ever since it made its first appearance.
In 1879 she published her novel Haworth , her first attempt at serious fiction. This whole book was pure magic and I loved it. Finally, the overarching symbol of the book is the secret garden, a lost paradise of love and happiness — a version, perhaps, of the Garden of Eden, now reclaimed and rejuvenated.
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.
And what is the source of that plaintive crying that Mary hears from time to time and everyone else pretends they do not.
When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. Have a good time reading it: Some childhood classics are better left alone later, signifying a certain phase that can only be "demystified" by rereading, leading to bitter disappointment and loss of the initial enchantment. She died in her Long Island, New York home, in 1924. Young Adult. In a swing on the porch or maybe just in the grass.
At that point, the mood shifted, and I sat back to enjoy not a literary masterpiece, but a child's fantasy adventure. 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 ago.
Jun 25, 2008 Alison rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Richard Aldington. When a cholera epidemic kills her parents and the servants, Mary is orphaned.
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The pacing is awful. The Secret Garden , novel for children written by American author Frances Hodgson Burnett and published in book form in 1911 having previously been serialized in The American Magazine.
One day, while following a friendly robin, Mary discovers an old key that she thinks may open the locked garden. Except for the persistent India bashing, I loved this book. This tale of transformation is an exaltation of nature and its effects on the human spirit.