Set in England, it is one of Burnett's most popular novels and seen as a classic of English children's literature. Several stage and film adaptations have been made. The American edition was published by the Frederick A. At the turn of the 20th century , Mary Lennox is a sickly, neglected, unloved year-old girl, born in British India to wealthy British parents who never wanted her and made an effort to ignore the girl. She is cared for primarily by native servants, who allow her to become spoiled, aggressive and self-centred. After a cholera epidemic kills Mary's parents and the few surviving servants flee the house, Mary awakes to find herself alone. She is discovered by British soldiers who place her in the care of an English clergyman, whose children taunt her by calling her " Mistress Mary, quite contrary ". However, this is only temporary: she is soon sent to England, to live with her wealthy hunchbacked uncle Archibald Craven whom she has never met at his isolated mansion Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire Moors.
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This delightful children's classic, first published in , pulled me right in with the cholera outbreak and continued with a bit of mystery, lots of magic and some pretty important learning experiences for both children and adults alike. Enchanting super-fast read with a beauty. Enchanting super-fast read with a beauty of a cover. Loved it! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
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There is however a flip side to that timeliness, at least for this heartbroken US-based critic. We meet her in India during a brief yet heartrending prologue. Mary complies, begrudgingly. For starters, there is the kindly maid Martha Isis Davis , whom Mary befriends while fending off the strict housekeeper Mrs. Medlock Julie Walters. And then there is of course the garden itself, which gets introduced in the story in due course with its robin redbreast, dense vines, and lush flora. It is in the boundlessness of this world that Mary gets to know the members of her new squad one by one.
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