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  • Frances Hodgson Burnett
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  • 10 November 2020
  • 9781607107293

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Review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ñ Frances Hodgson Burnett Frances Hodgson Burnett Ñ 2 Characters Review The Secret Garden Ut the Word Cloud Classics seriesClassic works of literature with a clean modern aesthetic Perfect for both old and new literature fans the Word Cloud Classics series from Canterbury Classics provides a chic and inexpensive introduction to timeless tales With a higher production value including heat burnished covers and foil stamping these eye catching easy to hold editions are the perfect gift for students and fans of literature everywhe. 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

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Review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ñ Frances Hodgson Burnett Frances Hodgson Burnett Ñ 2 Characters Review The Secret Garden Ngland It seems as though no one cares for Mary and that Mary will never care for anyone until she steps into the secret garden and her life begins to change Now available in this Canterbury Classics edition with a special heat burnished cover foil stamping and designed endpapers this hopeful and beautiful novel is the perfect gift for every child and every adult who remembers that first moment when he or she began to finally grow up Abo. 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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Review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ñ Frances Hodgson Burnett Frances Hodgson Burnett Ñ 2 Characters Review The Secret Garden The classic children’s story now available in a new packageA classic piece of children’s literature first published as a novel in 1911 Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden is a story of transformation and renewal Unwanted by her parents Mary Lennox a spoiled selfish young girl is raised in India by servants When cholera breaks out killing her parents and most of the servants Mary is sent to live with a mostly absent uncle in E. 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 Sarah of the Moon even if I read only 2 pages during the actual readathon I NEED ALL THE BOOKS I CAN GET