The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was initially published in serial form beginning in 1910, and first published in its entirety in 1911. It is now one of Burnett’s most popular novels and considered a classic of English children’s literature. Several stage and film adaptations have been made.
it is a magical classic book filled with realism and mystery. The Secret Garden is a story about 10-year old Mary Lennox, a self-absorbed, sour and sickly girl who becomes an orphan when a cholera epidemic kills her parents and the staff at their home in India. Mary is sent to Misselthwaite Manor in England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven who is still grieving 10 years after his wife’s death. Shortly after Mary’s arrival, Archibald leaves on a journey to heal his aching and grieving heart. Although, this story by the description can sound rather morbid, with Mary being sickly and orphaned when she arrives, her uncle being an unhappy widowed hunchback and Colin being doomed to a sad, unhealthy and short life, it is actually a story of hope. It goes to the root of human nature.
The Secret Garden highlights the understanding of imagination together with positive thinking and tangible power to transform lives. Since publication, The Secret Garden has become a favorite children’s classic and influenced numerous modern writers.
I really liked the book, as it was fascinating to see Mary change from a horrible, spoiled brat to a sweet-hearted girl and the description of any scene in the book left such a clear image in my mind, for example when Mary first finds the garden that was hidden for a decade. I would rate this book 4/5 as it takes us to a fantasy world full of magic as we read on, which not only gives us a clear idea of what’s going on but also tells us about different feelings of children.