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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books ever written
The secret garden is a brillant book as I felt in some ways sorry for Mary and Colin, but the way that the garden brings them to life again and the way the book makes you feel when you read about them coming to life is absolutely amazing. I have read this book plenty of times and seen both movies but the book doesn't even compare to either movies. A most for anyone who...
Published on 16 July 2001

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book/cheap publication
Great story to read your kids but this publication is really cheap. Thin tracing paper pages.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books ever written, 16 July 2001
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The secret garden is a brillant book as I felt in some ways sorry for Mary and Colin, but the way that the garden brings them to life again and the way the book makes you feel when you read about them coming to life is absolutely amazing. I have read this book plenty of times and seen both movies but the book doesn't even compare to either movies. A most for anyone who has ever wished they could go find a secret garden to go to when they were a child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars comfortable fantasy, 16 Sep 2012
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I was feeling rather fragile and wanted to read a light book that I knew had a happy ending. The Secret Garden was first published in 1911, and was fantasy then. It starts off with great sadness in a wonderful environment, so things can only get better. The setting is a huge mansion with extensive gardens surrounded by moorland. The children are the bosses, adults only appear to wait on them, cook for them and obey the orders the children give them. Mary and Colin are the upperclass cousins: and then there is Dickon a country boy who has wild animals as friends and he becomes a friend of Mary and Colin (he is the brother of the maidservant in the big house so this is highly unlikely) and together they bring back to life the wonderful walled garden that has been neglected for ten years without having to do any really hard work. The garden blooms and everyone lives happily ever after. Pure pure fantasy. There's nothing wrong with that once in while!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest books, 3 Aug 2012
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This is by far one of my favorite books and one of the greatest stories ever written.

While the cover itself may not be appealing, the price definitely is. Yet neither of it will matter once you start reading. Trust me, you do not want to miss out on this one. The movies have nothing in comparison.

I love this small, cheap edition because it makes it easier to carry around as well as gift it to everybody you know ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Garden, 23 Oct 2011
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Very efficient service - wonderful story just as I remember from my childhood. A good read for adults and children alike.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book/cheap publication, 20 Sep 2010
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Great story to read your kids but this publication is really cheap. Thin tracing paper pages.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely, 11 April 2007
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This is a lovely little story. I find it quite uplifting reading about the children developing their personallites and becoming quite different people. I have always loved this story, and also the film. Would recomend as a classic, a childrens story and for adults reading!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little manual for self-growth, 23 Nov 2006
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Delightful children's tale - for adults too. An unhappy and miserable little girl Mary starts to transform when she moves to England and lives on the Yorkshire moors, and when - within the grounds of the huge mansion she occupies - she discovers and begins to care for a secret garden. Her growth affects the son and heir Colin who is also puny and weak initially. The son's father is also transformed. The novel is quite weird, somehow frozen in time, with bizarre fantasy ideas of endless corridors in an endless mansion, a fantasy boy figure Dickon who communes perfectly with nature and is followed by animals (at one stage he and his entourage all ludicrously troop into the house); Dickon's mother is over-worshipped. Words and ideas are repeated endlessly - thus Mary is described over and over again as getting 'fatter' (meaning healthier actually). Burnett also dangerously moves the focus gradually from Mary to Dickon and finally to Colin; the gradual abandoning of Mary as Burnett moves on is somewhat disconcerting to the reader. Servants figure everywhere in this novel rooted in the early 1900's. The opening chapter taking place in India contains a scene of horror that, like the awful scene in Jude the Obscure, shocks and distresses the adult reader. There are strengths and weaknesses, but overall it's a great book, trying and succeeding in showing how adversity can be turned to understanding and growth.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read, 30 Jun 2010
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I read this book when younger, and loved it then, although when reading it this time, I couldnt really remember the story. Its a cute short story, that I enjoyed reading before bed!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel, 16 Nov 2009
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Twee and sickenly sentimental. Only valid as an example of the victorians' idealisation of childhood. Combined with the antiquated, country-bumpkin language of yorkshire 'folk', it's absolutely nauseating. The author was obviously a simple-minded recluse, lacking in intelligence and imagination. She questions nothing and, so, has nothing to say. You'd have to be pretty thick, yourself, to be susceptible to this escapist junk. Pulp the lot.
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