Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden

Mary’s parents fall ill and die, forcing her to be transplanted from India to the English countryside. She arrives at a strange and foreign country manor, where she discovers a long-neglected garden and hears strange sobbing noises at night.
Thus begins The Secret Garden, a children’s book with an unusually dense collection of themes, symbols, and motifs. Mary’s personal development mirrors her unraveling the secret of the hidden garden, and a subtle backdrop of magical realism adds a mysterious air to the proceedings.
Contemporary reception left The Secret Garden largely unnoticed, eclipsed by Hodgson’s other work, Little Lord Fauntleroy. Since then, however, the book’s reputation has steadily grown, with modern critics considering it one of the finest children’s books of the 20th century.
277 printed pages

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    Sariga Chellisseryshared an impression6 years ago
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up

    Beautiful story that tells of a magic that is very real, beautifully narrated, and a delight to the senses, with plentiful yorkshire countryside and language and tantalizing tales and children and gardens.

    seangao530shared an impression3 months ago

    I read this book in my summer vacation in order to improve my English.and it's wonderful.太好看了 啊啊啊啊啊!

    teenagedirtbag28shared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading
    💞Loved Up

    I read this in 5th grade and it was my favourite book at the time. I still love it. Really good


    Lebohang Makhanyahas quoted7 years ago
    You can lose a friend in springtime easier than any other season
    Marie Verhagenhas quoted8 years ago
    "Mistress Mary, quite contrary,

    How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, And marigolds all in a row."
    mkandkk01has quoted8 years ago
    . It is very sad, now the poor beautiful thing is gone

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