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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 Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine it was brought out in novel form in 1911 The plot centers round Mary Lennox a young English girl who returns to England from India having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic However her memories of her parents are not pleasant as they were a selfish neglectful and pleasure seeking couple Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven whom she has never met She travels to his home Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to When she arrives she is a rude stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums However her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised Once when he's away from home Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle's vast mansion The kindly servants ignore her ueries or pretend they haven't heard spiking Mary's curiosity The Secret Garden appeals to both young and old alike It has wonderful elements of mystery spirituality charming characters and an authentic rendering of childhood emotions and experiences Commonsense truth and kindness compassion and a belief in the essential goodness of human beings lie at the heart of this unforgettable story It is the best known of Frances Hodgson Burnett's works though most of us have definitely heard of if not read her other novel Little Lord Fauntleroy The book has been adapted extensively on stage film and television and translated into all the world's major languages In 1991 a Japanese anime version was launched for television in Japan It remains a popular and beloved story of a child's journey into maturity and a must read for every child parent teacher and anyone who would enjoy this fascinating glimpse of childhood 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 Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine it was brought out in novel form in 1911


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  1. says:

    I am now confused I do not know any what is my preference when it comes to booksWhen 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 there are authors who write this way When I was a young man I said I do not want thick books because I do not have time for them until I read War and Peace and The Fountainhead and I said wow thick books can be really engaging and finishing them can give you a different high 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 manWhen I became a middle aged man I discovered Goodreads There is an option to screen members who apply to become your friend by asking the applicant a uestion I thought then that the choice of genre was important so I chose this uestion What is your favorite literary genre? and from then on I have been accepting and ignoring invites based on hisher answer I generally don't accept invites from people who say they don't have any preference I thought that that kind of answer is wishy washy or indecisive that reflects his or her not being a serious readerPrior to last year I said I don't want to read fantasy books I am too old for that Until I read the whole series of JRRTolkien's The Lord of the Rings and I say wow wow wow I did not know that I could still be amazed by a fantasy book about wizards trolls flying horse monsters and little creatures This book The Secret Garden is a kind of book that I would not even consider reading It is neither a 501 nor a 1001 book The reason why I read this is that it is one of the Top 100 Favorite Books of The Filipino Group here at Goodreads We challenged ourselves to read all the chosen books so I gave this a tryStory wise it is too sweeet Saccharine corny Predictable Inappropriate for a middle age man like me Almost insulting to intelligence feisty girl turns sweet girl Sickly unwanted boy turns healthy Then the boy and father embrace each other and profess love for one another Hu hu hu Books can just hit you without any warning I was sad yet happy when I closed this book this morning I think I am going crazy reading different books and experience all the different emotions while reading them So I don't know any I don't know what I like in books No preferences Ask me now what is my favorite genre I don't know But the writing in this book is flawless I have attended a novel writing workshop last year and all the ingredients of a good novel are here well developed characters each of them has hisher own distinct voice and transforming towards the end milieu the garden is clearly described and very significant in the story the internal and external conflicts are arranged like small to tall majorettes in a parade the hooks at the end of each chapter the climax the falling action the denouement ties up the loose ends from the conflicts The theme is solid The lessons though corny are school textbook kind of reminders that love is important to make this world a better place and nature is beautiful so we have to take care of itI guess my realization is this yes at some points in our lives we tend to prefer some literary genres over the others However the genre is secondary to the writing If the writer is good no matter in which genre the book belongs heshe should be read It is not the genre it is the writing


  2. says:

    Love love loveAlso 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


  3. says:

    The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson BurnettThe 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 madeعنوانها «باغ اسرارآمیز»؛ «باغ مخفی»؛ «باغ راز؛ نویسنده فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و چهارم ماه ژوئن سال 1994میلادیعنوان باغ اسرارآمیز؛ نویسنده فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم شمس الملوک مصاحب؛ تهران، فرانکلین، 1340، در 338ص؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 19معنوان باغ مخفی؛ نویسنده فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم نوشین ریشهری؛ تهران، سروش، انتشارات صدا و سیما، 1372، در 203ص، شابک چاپ سوم در سال 1389؛ شابک 9789643769185؛ عنوان باغ مخفی؛ نویسنده فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم مهرداد مهدویان؛ تهران، قدیانی، کتابهای بنفشه، 1375، در 280ص، مصور، رمان نوجوانان، شابک چاپ چهارم در سال 1389؛ شابک 9789644170485؛ عنوان باغ مخفی؛ نویسنده فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم مریم مفتاحی؛ تهران، آوای کلار، 1392، در 354ص، شابک 9786005395969؛عنوان باغ مخفی؛ نویسنده فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ تصویرگر گیلی مارکل؛ مترجم مهسا طاهریان؛ ویراستار عزت جلالی؛ تهران، پینه دوز، 1393، در 51ص، مصور، شابک 9789642886258؛عنوان باغ اسرارآمیز؛ نویسنده فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم علی پناهی آذر؛ تهران، همگامان چاپ، 1379، در 248ص، شابک 9649194355؛عنوان باغ اسرارآمیز؛ نویسنده فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم علی پناهی آذر؛ تهران، رود، 1380، در 248ص، شابک 9646869262؛عنوان باغ اسرارآمیز؛ نویسنده فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم شیرین صادقی طاهری؛ قم، نسل بیدار، 1379، در 118ص، شابک 9649277102؛عنوان باغ راز؛ نویسنده فرانسیس هاجسن برنت؛ مترجم شهلا ارژنگ؛ تهران، مرداد، 1382، در 350ص، شابک 9647116144؛دخترکی دهساله، به نام «ماری لناکس»؛ پدر و مادر خویش را در هندوستان، از دست می‏دهد؛ او را نزد عمویش، به «انگلستان» می‏فرستند؛ عمویش مرد قوزی، و بداخلاقی ست، که در جوانی، زن زیبایش را از دست داده، و از آن پس، در باغ زنش را بسته است؛ «ماری»، به یاری پسر جوانی به نام «دیکون»، درِ باغی را که سالهاست نگشوده اند، باز میکند، و سپس پى میبرند، که پسرعموى معلولش «کالین»، در آنسوى باغ زندگى میکند؛ پاهاى «کالین»، حرکت نمیکنند؛ اما به یارىهای «مارى»، و «دیکون»، و وجود باغ، سبب میشوند، تا او تندرستی خویش را، بازیابدنقل از متن ترجمه سرکار خانم «آرزو احمی»، نشر پیدایش در 416ص «مری دوست داشت از دور مادرش را نگاه کند و فکر میکرد او خیلی زیباست، اما چون خیلی کم مادرش را میشناخت، نمیشد از او توقع داشت که دوستش داشته باشد یا پس از مرگ دلش برای او تنگ شود؛ در واقع، اصلاً دلش برای او تنگ نشد و از آنجایی که دختر خودخواهی بود تمام فکرش، مثل همیشه، مشغول خودش بود؛ اگر سنش بیشتر بود بدون شک از اینکه در دنیا تنها مانده خیلی نگران میشد، اما او خیلی کوچک بود، و چون همیشه دیگران مراقبش بودند، تصور میکرد که همیشه هم وضع همین طور میماند؛ چیزی که فکرش را مشغول میکرد این بود که دوست داشت بداند آیا پیش آدمهای خوبی میرود که رفتار مودبانه ای با او خواهند داشت؛ و مثل «آیا» و دیگر خدمتکاران بومی میگذارند هر کار دلش میخواهد، بکند یا نه؛ میدانست در خانه ی کشیش انگلیسی که اول به آنجا رفت، نمیماند؛ نمیخواست که بماند؛ کشیش انگلیسی فقیر بود و پنج فرزند داشت که سن همه شان نزدیک هم بود، لباسهای کهنه ای به تن داشتند، همیشه با هم دعوا میکردند و اسباب بازیها را از دست هم قاپ میزدند؛ مری از خانه ی نامرتبشان متنفر بود و آن قدر با آنها بدرفتاری کرد، که بعد از یکی دو روز، دیگر هیچ کس با او بازی نمیکرد؛ بعد از روز دوم اسمی رویش گذاشتند که حسابی عصبانی اش کرد؛ این اسم اول به فکر بیزل رسید؛ بیزل پسر کوچکی با چشمهای آبی رنگ گستاخ، و بینی سر بالا بود، و مری خیلی از او بدش میآمد؛ مری درست مثل روزی که وبا شیوع پیدا کرده بود ،داشت تنهایی زیر درخت بازی میکرد، با تلهایی از خاک راههایی برای باغش میساخت که بیزل آمد و نزدیکش به تماشا ایستاد؛ خیلی زود به کار مری علاقمند شد و پیشنهادی کرد؛ گفت «چرا چند تا سنگ آنجا نمیچینی تا مثلاً باغ سنگی بشود؟ آنجا، آن وسط» و خم شد تا نشانش بدهد؛ مری فریاد زد «برو، من از پسرها خوشم نمیآید؛ از اینجا برو» بیزل لحظه ای عصبانی شد، و بعد مسخره اش کرد؛ او همیشه خواهرهایش را مسخره میکرد؛ دورش چرخید، شکلک درآورد، آواز خواند و خندید»؛ پایان نقلتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 08071399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


  4. says:

    Book 16 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge


  5. says:

    “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 felt deeply satisfied each time I closed one of those books knowing that the protagonists had once again made it through various challenges to live a better natural and fulfilled lifeSo far so good 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 I hadn't touched The Secret Garden for decades as I feared the slightly exaggerated dramatised plot might put me off and destroy the magic of my memory But then I happened to discuss a phenomenon among students in a wealthy over privileged area Many children and teenagers appear phlegmatic angry frustrated lacking initiative to learn and develop and they demand unreasonable attention without showing any willingness to commit to tasks themselves We could not make sense of it seeing that these students had everything they needed and and met with no restrictions or boundaries from their parents Shouldn't they be happy? But they aren't They are among the most neurotic anxious children I have ever metThat's when The Secret Garden came to my mind again an early case study of childhood neglect in wealthy environments in which children's physical and material needs are met but their psychological development is completely left untouched In The Secret Garden it is the poor but well raised and deeply loved local boy who shows the spoiled unhappy upper class children how to take on a responsible role for their life and how to make active and positive decisions rather than throwing fits to let others step in and take overChildren need boundaries and nurturing and meaningful connections to their surroundings If they are treated with fear and submission they will turn into tyrants to see how far they can go before they receive some kind of direct attention negative or positive If they are handled with too much severity they will duck and hide and develop chameleon like survival strategies To create a happy mature and responsible human being a balance between rights and duties must be struck with limits the child knows it cannot overstep without facing conseuences and with areas of creative experimentation where future freedom of choice can be safely practisedJust like a flower in a garden a child needs both space time and air and a lot of nurturing to blossom I am grateful for the connection I found between my childhood reading pleasure and the everyday worries I face in my profession A smile a word of encouragement a nudge in the right direction all the small signs that show students that their teachers believe in their power to achieve great things that's the magic of everyday life And giving in to their tantrums is not helping those sensitive plants grow It is stifling their development When they claim they are too tired or bored to read The Secret Garden and prefer to watch a movie version if at all they are in dire need of overcoming the obstacle of long term under stimulation than the protagonists of the story itself They need to be trained to love reading just like the two unhappy children in the mansion needed to be trained to show interest and care for the garden Responsibility and care are acuired skills


  6. says:

    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 kindly at the plain offspring father too busy also helping govern the enormous colony truth be told they dislike the unlovable girl Cholera strikes and both parents fall the little orphan child is not emotionally attached to either one and never a single drop of tears is shedShipped off as uickly as possible by the authorities to her uncle Archibald Craven in England Colin's father owner of an ancient family mansion 600 year old Misselthwaite Manor with a hundred mostly unused rooms a decade previously Mr Craven lost his wife Mary and Colin mothers were sisters he adored in an accident and never recovered emotionally his face always sad and mournful The lord of the manor is a freuent traveler abroad he must get away from his bedridden weak boy it pains him to look at the pitiful sight and mostly does when Colin is asleepMary after a long boring escorted sea voyage arrives eventually and lives alone in an isolated part of the mansion Martha a teenager her servant the only person she talks to gives information about a secret garden Mrs Medlock the housekeeper like everyone else ignores the unattractive girl and hides her far from others just the hired hands are there after a uick visit to see her strange uncle he leaves for foreign lands Poor little Mary nothing to do but stare at the furniture exploring the the grounds of the estate the nearby unnatural moors outside and somehow finds the secret garden later after hearing again weird wailing sounds coming through the walls in her room the rather frightened Mary gets up in the middle of the night down the dark long sinister corridors enters an unknown room and discovers a pathetic depressed boy in bed her cousin Colin that no one mentionedThey become close friends after a few minor disagreements life begins in reality for the two children at Mary's urging she gets Colin outside for fresh air with the help of a third Martha's younger brother Dickon 12 who animals love a hidden door opened showing the eerie gloomy mysterious dying secret garden locked for ten years by MrCraven something dreadful occurred there brave Mary is delighted though she wants a beautiful garden with colorful roses live trees growing plants birds singing and flying bees humming butterflies floating rabbits jumping suirrels climbing crows cawing brilliant flowers springing up in all sections of the Secret Gardenand people lying on the green grass sightseeing looking at the bluest of the blue the sky above They have hoes the children let the plowing and weeding beginA children's classic that can be read and enjoyed by adults rejuvenation of the human spirit with a simple act of planting a few seeds in the ground yet than just exotic flowers coming above the dirt the most precious commodity on the Earth may also spring into existence life for the soul


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    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 Children's Literature Group in 2011 and I much continue to love it having reread it at least twice or so since then And indeed I honestly do think that I have actually enjoyed The Secret Garden even as an adult than the times I read the novel when I was younger and that is definitely saying an awful lot For when I first read The Secret Garden as a young teenager I was certainly much enchanted by the garden and of course the Robin and really liked and enjoyed reading about the Sowerbys but I did kind of consider both Mary and Colin as somewhat too spoiled and selfish I understood their problems and indeed felt empathy but I also felt than a bit annoyed at and by them something that I certainly did not experience as much during my adult rereads Because as an adult reader I actually and firmly believe that most if not even all of both Mary's and Colin's problems and behavioural uirks be they emotional or physical were and are the result of parental abandonment and emotional neglect maybe even abuse They act and react towards the world the way the world or at least how most of the world has always acted and reacted towards them And without the garden but also without characters like Martha Susan and Dickon Sowerby without Ben Weatherstaff and the Robin there would never have been any change in and for Mary or at least not ever enough change and by extension there would never have been any change in and for Colin and his father eitherNow one interesting and thought provoking fact presented in The Secret Garden is that there actually seems to be a real and almost palpable absence of nurturing father figures throughout except maybe Dickon but he is just a boy and in many ways resembles a Pan like nature deity and Ben Weatherstaff really is too old and curmudgeonly to be considered nurturing and fatherly We do have uite a number of nurturing mother figures portrayed who aid Mary and later Colin in their recovery Susan and Martha Sowerby and even Mary later becomes somewhat of a motherly and nurturing figure towards Colin but we never see or hear much about a Mr Sowerby he is a complete nonentity And while indeed much is made of the fact that Mary Lennox' mother did not seem to want her child a fact that is rightfully criticised that Mr Lennox did not trouble himself much about his daughter either while mentioned briefly is also seemingly accepted as an acceptable societal given Also that Mr Craven has spiritually and emotionally totally abandoned Colin and cannot stand to even see him when he is awake just because his son's eyes supposedly remind him of the boy's dead mother while this is indeed noted in The Secret Garden his rather vile and nasty attitude and behaviour towards Colin towards his son is not at least in my humble opinion subject to nearly the same amount of harsh criticisms that Mary's emotional and spiritual abandonment by her mother is And while I do realise and even understand that the death of Mr Craven's wife was traumatic for him both Mr Carven's and Mrs Lennox' actions or rather their lack of love and acceptance towards their children have had the same horrible psychological and psychosomatic conseuences basically turning both of them into emotional cripples and Colin into a hysterical hypochondriac who thinks he has a crooked back The Secret Garden clearly and lastingly demonstrates that children no that anyone can only show love can only be lovable if they have experienced love themselves In the beginning of the novel Mary is described as tyrannical unpleasant thoroughly unlovable and also as somewhat odd But how can Mary know anything about love if she has never experienced love? Her parents certainly do not seem to want her and she has basically been abandoned to the care of servants who have also been instructed to keep Mary out of the way as much as possible and in her innermost soul Mary likely also realises this and much and rightly resents this Mary's temper tantrums towards her Ayah and other servants her desire to always get her own way are not merely Mary imitating the behaviour she witnesses among the ex pat community in India although that likely also has a major part to play I believe that in many ways the servants also act as representatives of her absent parents and by lashing out at the servants Mary is also lashing out at her careless unloving absent parents by proxyAnd even when Mary first arrives at Misselthwaite there is still a real and ever present danger that she will never be able to change to emerge out of her shell or to change enough for at least in England Mary has the opportunity to go outside and playrun which was not possible in India due to the hot stiflingly humid climate for many of the inhabitants of the manor but especially Mrs Medlock and Mr Craven regard Mary or seem to regard Mary the same way that her parents did either not at all or as a cumbersome even loathsome burden And without Martha Dickon and the influence of Martha's mother Mrs Sowerby and of course Ben Weatherstaff and the Robin who is a bird but might just represent the spirit of Colin's deceased mother not much would likely have ever changed for Mary or within Mary There might well have been some physical improvement of her health but her mental health her soul would likely have remained for the most part sour and disagreeable and stagnated Finally I do have to admit that I have a bit of a problem with the fact that oh so many of the adults portrayed in The Secret Garden and even inherently positive individuals like Martha and Susan Sowerby keep bringing up the fact that Mary's mother was supposedly very physically attractive and that in many ways Mary is often judged negatively because she is plain while her mother was considered very beautiful However Mary's mother does not in any way care about or for her daughter and had in fact never wanted a daughter and in my opinion her careless unloving attitude and that of her husband as well is reflected in Mary's countenance her whole being Thus even though Mrs Lennox might have been physically sweet looking she basically has a careless and unloving and massively sour read nastily ugly soul which is in my opinion reflected in her daughter both spiritually and physically And just to further point out that this here Norton Critical Edition of The Secret Garden which seems to have been published in 2006 is to be most highly recommended especially for anyone interested in both the novel the narrative and its historical contexts diverse critical voices etc as it provides not only the text proper which is simply and utterly magical of course but also much supplemental information and materials about Frances Hodgson Burnett and her timeless literary classic And although I do not think that this edition lists every piece of extant literary criticism on The Secret Garden there truly and fortunately is a goodly amount presented as well as a solid although not extensive selected bibliography most definitely a than adeuate starting point for serious academic study and research


  8. says:

    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 uality 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 getting fatter less healthy and less disciplined I think that a good romp on the heather and a breath of fresh air would do kids a lot of goodOn another level I really believe that some people are only as sick as they think they are Working in the healthcare field it's obvious to me that some people find it uite easy to take the role of a victim Again this book speaks Truth concerning the value of attitude and perspective in overcoming perceived problems and finding out that they weren't as bad as you thought they were


  9. says:

    Genre Fiction ClassicPublication Date 1911Ofcourse 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 uite 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 owing to urbanization we are destroying these very forests and moors The emotions conveyed are strong and the character building is real nice The friendships Oh my god Are so good and simple It made me want to be closer to the nature that I actually went to a nearby park on reading it Its a neat piece of writing everything is clearly conveyed the messages the emotion the characters the garden The Yorkshire accent does sound fun There is a Magic in this book


  10. says:

    This was an absolute joy ride and like my friend Karin put it it was 'lovely and heartwarming' 😊