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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2001
All children should be given the chance to read this book. It was the favourite story of my childhood. It is a beautiful, haunting evocative story of childhood, growing up, adulthood and old age. It's also sad, in a happy kind of way, if that makes sense. It's a story of life. It's beautifully written, and a haunting evocation of a place, a garden, long ago - so powerfully drawn you feel you know every area of it - the nut stubbs, the greenhouse, the meadow, the sundial wall and the stream and so forth, that it comes alive in your mind - the old fir tree, that Hatty used to like to stand under in a high wind, and feel the roots "pulling like muscles" under her feet - so wonderfully drawn you'll not want to leave it's world. It's a part of my life, forever.
This is a true classic for all time. Buy it today.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
I read Tom's midnight garden first as a child, then much later as an adult. The delight and magic (and tears !) were exactly the same. This is a marvellous, touching story that just stays with you for ever. It is one of these very rare books that functions on several levels. First of course we share Tom's adventures nights after nights in the magic garden, but then after the heartbreaking, beautiful ending you know that the story reaches depths in your heart that few can. A powerful reflection on the past, its mysteries, how it vanishes and reappears...on time and aging... and so much more...Definitely not just for children !
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139 of 151 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2006
Tom is sent away to his aunt and uncles flat for the summer holidays. The flat has no other children living there or any garden. Tom is angry and alone there, what his uncle calls Tom's ten hours sleep,Tom spends awake in bed, until he hears the grandfather clock striking thirteen.The hour thirteen brings an escape to a magical garden with trees, a river,bushes, a sundial and a large lawn. Tom's meets people there and makes a friend called Hatty there do lots of thigs there. But there is a disagreement between which of them is a ghost? I love this book I think it's very hard to put down and extremely magical. It is probably my favourite classic book, as nearly all your questions get answered. Best suited for children age 8 and over....you just have to read this!!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 30 August 2004
When Tom's brother becomes ill, Tom is sent away to stay with his aunt and Uncle. To his great dismay, he finds that they live in a block of flats without a garden. Then, one night he cannot sleep, and thinks he hears the old grandfather clock in the entrance hall strike thirteen. He creeps down to check - but when he reaches the hall, he finds that there is a huge and beautiful garden behind the flats that he wasn't told about. But there is something peculiar about it; for a start, the people he sees there are all dressed in Victorian costume - and no-one, except for a little girl called Hattie, seems to be able to see him.
Are Hattie and the others all ghosts? Or is Tom a ghost himself, visiting a real world? Or is he time-travelling back through time when the clock strikes thirteen? Tom becomes obsessed with his midnight garden, wanting to spend more and more time in it - but with every visit Hattie grows a little older. Time is running out.
An intriguing tale; mysterious, atmospheric - and enchantingly written. The ending is genuinely moving. The modern-day segments of the story seem a little dated now, but in a time-slip story this really doesn't matter. A classic book that has stood the test of time - a true childhood favourite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sheer nostalgia - this 50th anniversary edition has the same front cover and the 229 matt pages are interspersed with the same charming black and white illustrations reproduced exactly as the first edition of 1958!

Review for the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition HARDBACK with dark green board covers, dust-jacket and self-adhesive sticker.
Publisher Oxford University Press/2008

From the back of the dust-jacket:

'A beautiful and timeless classic that has been charming readers of all ages since it was first published, this special edition has been produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a truly remarkable book by one of the greatest children's writers of the twentieth century.'

In a nutshell:

When his brother, Peter, catches 'the measles', Tom reluctantly has to go and stay with his uncle and aunt who have a small flat, in what used to be a huge private house, with just a small paved back yard complete with a row of dustbins, i.e. 'NO' garden!
How boring is that for a young boy?

One evening, Tom's boredom finds him counting the chimes of the old grandfather clock down in the communal hall!
He can't believe it when the clock strikes thirteen, at midnight, and sets out to find out why.......unbelievable......what an amazing letter Tom is able to send to poor old Peter every day, as some amazing adventures begin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2012
This book is one of my favorites. I remember my parents reading it to me when I was 6. Now I'm 14 and decided to re-read it. You just can't put the book down ! I've always been a bookworm and have read hundreds of books but I always know where this one is on my bookshelf. The story is enchanting and the ending so moving : it still makes me shed a tear or two despite the fact I've read it a dozen times.

I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter the age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2013
It was a bit confusing (because I was a child) for me but it was totally awesome and very nice. One night mum was reading it to me when she finished a chapter and I got her to read six more for me, because it was so tempting for me to stop at an exiting part like the part we were reading. I couldn't resist stopping every night at a more exiting chapter! My mum says it was clever in a sort of way about the time in it,(in the book there's a few chapters about time.) I don't understand how it was clever in the way mum said but hopefully one day I will understand it clearly. Each chapter was more tempting than the previous one was. It was as exiting and enjoyable as going to the cinematic with my family!

DIEGO
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2011
I love this book - I read it when I was a child and have seen the film - I bought the book for my 7-year old niece. It would have been better if I had known about the 'old fashion' language, which was not a problem in my day but has proved a bit of a problem to start with but now we have got into the story the language is not a problem - she reads one chapter each night - she is enjoying it so much that she has asked me to buy the film - she feels that her friends would prefer the film to reading the book - she lives in Qatar but has her holidays in France, for her and her friends English is more of a second language I feel that for any child in this situation the film version is the better option BUT THE STORY is definately a must for children - it is on line with 'The Secret Garden'; 'The Little Princess'; Black Beauty' and the likes. Worth every penny....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2014
Usually considered a children's classic, but any adult will be able to read this without feeling "written down to". I read it with my children years ago, and they enjoyed the televised serial -which would bear a repeat. Tom is sent off to a childless aunt and uncle to avoid his brother's measles. Their flat is in an old house which has seen better days. On the landing is an old clock which must not be touched. One night Tom gets out of bed to look around, and the nighttime house is very different from the daytime house. The story is beautifully written, the characters are well-rounded and the plot slowly unwinds to an inevitable but satisfying conclusion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2014
A wonderfully moving story which I think should be compulsory reading for older primary age children or younger secondary. It gives such an insight into times past without judgement. Having said that I have just read it in my 60s and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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