Title: The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Pages: 294 Pages
“The Secret Garden” is the story of Mary Lennox, a sick young girl living in India with her parents. Mary rarely sees her parents though, as her sick and unsightly condition is too much for them to bother with. She is placed in the constant care of Indian servants until an outbreak of cholera kills everyone in the Lennox household except for Mary. Mary returns to Yorkshire to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven. It is here that Mary learns of a secret garden that belonged to the late wife of her uncle. Mary is instantly intrigued and sets out to find this secret garden and what is contained within.
I love reading classic novels and this year I had planned to read four amongst my many books that I have to read and review. However, when one of my students presented me with her much loved copy of The Secret Garden to me and told me that I needed to read it how could I say no?
I’m glad I didn’t.
The Secret Garden is the gorgeous story of Mary Lennox, an orphaned child who is removed from the world she knows in India and is taken to her new home in Yorkshire. She is placed in a house filled with mystery and secrets and due to her tenacious behaviour she sets about discovering all that her new home has to offer.
This is a lovely story about friendship, privilege and absent parents. Sure, at times it is slightly racist. Racism in classical literature has become a bit of a talking point in the press recently but by disregarding it completely would be to deny people the knowledge that racism existed and we should see it as not acceptable but at the very least a sign of the times.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Secret Garden and totally recommend it as a starter classic for children.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is available now.