The Secret Garden written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is one of those books I’ve been wanting to read for ages. It’s an endearing story about two lonely and spoiled children who slowly discover how much better life can be if they decide to explore the gardens.
The Secret Garden is, of course, a children’s book, but I had never read it as a child. One of the pleasures of reading it as an adult is to enjoy the simple, easy-to-read, style of it. The simple style, though, hides an intricate story with more than one mystery, characters with complex psychology and concealed themes.
Burnett, I felt, shows considerable storytelling skill in choosing when to say very little and when to let the story bloom with details. I also appreciated her grasp of the speech and mannerisms of the child characters.Continue reading