Throwback Thursday : The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Throwback Thursday, is a new feature created by Tenacious Reader with the aim of  highlighting books from your reading past. This can be virtually anything, a book that you previously read and loved, a book that you want to highlight again, maybe it’s a book in a series and the next book is due out shortly so you want to focus some attention on the series.   Anything goes – so long as your book isn’t a current release as there are already plenty of ways to highlight the latest books.  

The book I’d like to highlight this week is : The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden is a classic piece of children’s literature written by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  I read this many years ago and would like to return to reread it if time ever permits.  I understand that this is once again being adapted into a movie with an impressive cast including Colin Firth and Julie Waters so this could be the perfect time to pick up a copy – or is it just me who likes to read the book first?

The Secret GardenThe plot centers round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as they were a selfish, neglectful and pleasure-seeking couple. Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. She travels to his home, Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire, a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to. When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. However, her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised. Once when he’s away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle’s vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven’t heard, spiking Mary’s curiosity.

The Secret Garden appeals to both young and old alike. It has wonderful elements of mystery, spirituality, charming characters and an authentic rendering of childhood emotions and experiences. Commonsense, truth and kindness, compassion and a belief in the essential goodness of human beings lie at the heart of this unforgettable story.

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21 Responses to “Throwback Thursday : The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett”

  1. Tammy

    That cover is so pretty! I love this story, although I mostly love all the movie adaptations I’ve seen😁 My daughter was in the musical version of the story a couple of years ago.

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s so cool! And there’s a new adaptation coming out with Colin Firth (who will be perfect in the role of the father I think).
      Lynn 😀

  2. amjusticewrites

    I loved this book as a kid and still loved it as an adult when I read it to my daughter several years ago. However, when we were browsing in the bookstore the day we bought it, I was horrified to learn that, at least here in the U.S., there is a whole series of children’s lit classics (Secret Garden, Treasure Island, etc) that have been rewritten in “accessible” language for the “modern reader.” Ugh! Ugh ugh ugh. The prose of the dumbed down version was flat and bland, while Burnett’s prose sings. The existence of these “classics for dummies” versions made me very angry and very sad.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I don’t like that idea at all, well, one part of me can see the reasoning behind it – but the other part of me is just screaming ‘no’. I can understand that some people don’t like the older style writing of some classics but for me that’s part of the beauty of them and I don’t think they should be diluted.
      Lynn 😀

      • amjusticewrites

        Yes. You should have seen my crazy lady rant in the bookstore. 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall for that 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    It’s good, now and then, to leave one’s usual “reading grounds” and try something different: I was aware of this book but never took the time to learn more about it, and now that I’ve read your review I believe it would make for a fascinating read.
    Thank you so much for showcasing it! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s such a lovely book it really is. I have fond memories and would like to read it again one day.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    An absolute classic, yes! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I love this book and always enjoy giving it a little spotlight.
      Lynn 😀

  5. sjhigbee

    Oh I love this story! My grandmother read this story to me when I was just 7 and later bought the book for me… I recall being absolutely captivated by the story and even now when I recall it – I’m taken back to listening to her beautiful, deep voice reading it to me…

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s a lovely memory. My gran was always telling us stories too – she used to tell them from memory mostly except for the odd few – such as Brer Rabbit. The Secret Garden is such a lovely book though. I really should read it again.
      Lynn 😀

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  7. waytoofantasy

    I love this book so much. I think I’ve seen every movie version too, haha. I didn’t read this until I was in high school! Like, I had no idea it existed! I think I’ve been making up for it by re-reading it every few years ever since. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I should reread it – before the new movie.
      Lynn 😀

      • waytoofantasy

        There’s a new movie!?!?! How have I been so out of the loop?!?! 🤣🤣

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yes, a new movie with Colin Firth playing the role of the father.
        Lynn 😀

      • waytoofantasy

        OMG. 😲😲😲😲😲

  8. bkfrgr

    Awwww, yeah, this was a favourite childhood read for me too. Such a great story. 🙂 I loved the 1987 film, which my Nana and I would watch repeatedly. When the 1993 film came out I experienced my first full-blown episode of remake-rage. 😀

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