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The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden
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A richly imaginative tale that cleverly inverts many of the popular cliches of children's books, Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden" is edited with an introduction by Alison Lurie in "Penguin Classics". After the death of her parents in India, sullen and self-absorbed Mary Lennox is... show more
A richly imaginative tale that cleverly inverts many of the popular cliches of children's books, Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden" is edited with an introduction by Alison Lurie in "Penguin Classics". After the death of her parents in India, sullen and self-absorbed Mary Lennox is sent to live on her uncle's estate, Misselthwaite Manor, an enormous, drafty mansion looming on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. Exploring the grounds, Mary discovers a walled garden, neglected and in ruins; and in a distant room in the house she finds a cousin she never knew existed - Colin, an invalid, ignored by his father and expecting to die. Mary and Dickon, the housemaid's spirited brother, befriend Colin, and set about restoring the garden, which opens up a world of magic, reconciling the children to the world of life. Originally published in 1911, Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden" is an extraordinary novel that has influenced writers such as T.S. Eliot and D.H. Lawrence, bringing to life the transformative powers of love, joy and nature, and of mystical faith and positive thinking. Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester, England. After her father's death in 1865, her mother moved the family to rural Tennessee, where they struggled to earn a living. At seventeen, Burnett sold her first story to a magazine, and by the time she was twenty-two she had earned enough to return to England. Burnett wrote a number of popular novels for adults, but is mainly remembered for her children's novels: "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (1886), "A Little Princess" (1905), and "The Secret Garden" (1911). If you enjoyed "The Secret Garden", you might like Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women", also available in "Penguin Classics". "One of the most original and brilliant children's books of the twentieth century". (Alison Lurie).
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780142437056 (0142437050)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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alyssapeters
alyssapeters rated it
This book is about a spoiled little girl who's parents died of a horrible disease. She is sent to live with her widowed uncle. There she goes on many adventures and finds a few new friends. This is a book for upper elementary. I would use this lesson in association with history. This book was set i...
Olivia Kadylak
Olivia Kadylak rated it
Mary moves to go live with her uncle after her family in India all dies. Mary is a stubborn child and isn't interested in going. However, once she gets there, she falls in love with the gardens and learns to behave better and be more appreciative.
Wśród marzeń
Wśród marzeń rated it
3.5
Lubię tajemnice. Sekrety, które mają moc zmieniania ludzi. Czary, które sprawiają, że chory zdrowieje. Lubię "Tajemniczy ogród", w którym można znaleźć magię i radość. Jedno mnie irytowało w tej książce. Powtarzanie, jaka to Mary była zła i nieznośna. Przepraszam bardzo autora, ale sam stworzył po...
The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it
5.0 Spoiled sour meets spoiled sick
LOVED it. Sour Mary, spoiled Colin, chatty Martha, angelic Dickon, curmudgeon Ben, wise Mother, the whole thing. Best part for me was where Mary starts shouting to Colin over his hypochondria induced tantrum. Lord, was the girl vicious! It was funny in an overboard, freeing way. A very sweet cla...
Burfobookalicious
Burfobookalicious rated it
4.0 Sumptuous Secret
An enchanting tale of children growing up in a private space unencumbered by the troubled and sometimes burdensome world of adults. Uplifting and heavy on the feel-good factor, beautifully written, a classic book for adults and children alike.
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