Title: The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Release Date: July 1st, 2007. (First published 1911)
Page Count: 276 Pages
Status: Read from February 15 to 21, 2014
Genre: Children’s Classic
Marry Lennox, lonely and unwanted,arrives from India to live with her uncle in Yorkshire.
Left to herself there is little to do apart from explore the huge, gloomy house and its surroundings until, one sunny morning, she stumbles across a secret garden, hidden behind ivy-clad walls. For the first time in her sad short life she has found something to care for and she determines to restore the garden to its former glory. As the garden begins to bloom and is magically transformed no one is left untouched …
To have read this book in February last year and finally finishing the review’s draft today -almost a year later, its hard for me to write and deliver it rightly. Because my memory of it has fade. So, its not an option for me to summarized the story (in my own way) to you here. Sorry.
What i remember is, although i have some difficulties when I read the novel because its a classic (with its unfamiliar grammar and vocabulary) i can quite enjoy it back then. Maybe because the story gets brighter as the plot went.
But for sure, it was also thanks to Dickon. He’s definitely a character that I wanted to befriend with if he’s a real person. He’s a cheerful soul, a free spirit. His interaction with animals, the way the animals (and human too) would be easily charmed by him was adoreable. Mary even says that he’s an angel.
The main point that I could sum up from reading this children’s classic, was the development that experienced by Mary. From a spoiled little girl to a bright and happy one. It was not only Mary who have changed, but Colin (his cousin) too. Colin is a poor boy. Always unhealthy, gloomy, and bad temperament. From the beginning, both of them were kind of sick but the sickness was actually “never been there”. And by the story goes, both of them undergoing a transformation. Thanks too Dickon with his bright personality and OF COURSE the secret garden.
Burnett had make us the reader believe there’s something magical about the garden. Well, there was. And this magic is one important thing that drives the happy ending to the once dark story of Mary and Colin.