The Secret Garden is a wonderful novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. In the beginning of the novel, the author carries us to the queer world of 10-year-old Mary Lennox, an extremely stubborn and selfish girl. The author describes her journey to her hunchbacked uncle, Mr. Craven’s manor in England after the death of her parents. At the manor, Mary involves herself to discover the secret garden which had been locked up for ten years since the death of Mrs. Craven with the help of a local boy, Dickson. The novel becomes more exciting when mary finds in the middle of the night in a prohibited room; her cousin Colin who couldn’t walk.
Finally, Mary and Dickson discover the magnificent secret garden and Colin joins them. The author’s description of the children turning the garden into a wonder and nature making changes on the three is extremely beautiful. Nature plays a hidden but leading role in the novel. This book makes you think and laugh. The book has many other interesting characters too. “The Secret Garden” is filled with many inspirational quotes and wonderful descriptions of nature. My favourite character is nature because of its magical spell on the kids. I enjoyed reading the book and i recommend it to all my friends.
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks; Place of Publication: New York, Year of Publication: 1999
Gauri G. L.