Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Favorite things: the imagery that expressed the beauty of spring and summer, the repeating metaphors that tied the whole book together beautifully, Mary and her internal transformation, the emotional journey of Mary's uncle as he learned to look at things with a new perspective, Dickon and his collection of nearly-tame animals, the descriptions of the moor that made me feel like I was actually there, the Yorkshire accent that some of the people spoke in, and I especially loved the secrets in this book.
Criticisms: the racism (yes, this book was written over 100 years ago, but that didn't erase my shock as I read the less-than-appropriate opinions near the beginning of the book, thankfully there wasn't a lot of that, but I would still warn people to brace themselves if they're going to read this for the first time) and some of the words were unknown to me, so that was a bit frustrating (I'm not sure if it's because of the time when it was written or perhaps it was English slang...).
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars! I love this book and it's a great one to reread or to enjoy in the spring or summer or even in the winter if you're missing the fairer seasons. :)