Book Review: The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Quite magical, isn’t it?

“Where you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”

Ben Weatherstaff

Title –  The Secret Garden

Author – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Pages – 331

GenreClassics

I read this book as a part of my Re-Read Challenge, and man, I can’t believe I’ve forgotten everything about it!

The story revolves around Mary Lennox, an India-born young girl who loses her parents to cholera. A sour-faced, unpleasant girl, she moves to Yorkshire to her uncle’s house, and to her horror, finds that people behave differently than they did in India.

Soon, she learns about the ‘secret garden’ that belonged to her aunt, who had died there. Distraught, her uncle locks away the garden and throws its key away. Mary is curious to know more about it and tries to find it.

Put together a boy who can char animals, a hypochondriac who behaves like a prince, some Yorkshire slang, and lots of Magic, you have a typical Burnett book – magical and charming.

Despite all it’s beauty, I hated the racist point of view that the narrator has towards India. It is completely different from what she portrays, and she twists history according to her own whims and fancies. But seeing that racism wasn’t a crime back then, I (generously) forgive her.

The part I love the most about this is the transformation of the selfish, wicked, Mary to an angel who wins everyone’s heart by the end. Filled with hope and positivity, you are sure to love this everlasting classic.

I’ll rate it **** out of *****.

Have you read this book? What do you think about it?

Book Review: N or M?

N or M?

N or M?

For the Re-Read Challenge 2015.

Title – N or M?

Author – Agatha Christie

Pages – 304

GenreDetective Fiction

Patriotism is not enough…there must be no hatred in my heart.

– Nurse Edith Cavell

Having this iconic Nurse Cavell quote repeated throughout the book, N or M? is one of the most entertaining works of Christie. Set during the World War II, it stars Thomas and Prudence Beresford, aka Tommy and Tuppence.

While the RAF is busy keeping the Luftwaffe at bay, Britain faces greater risk from the enemy within – Nazis posing as ordinary English citizens.

Tommy and Tuppence, now middle-aged, are appointed by the Intelligence to track down N and M, two Fifth Columnists among the colourful guests at Sans Souci. Their task is made tougher by the fact that these spies have just murdered Britain’s finest agent. Will Tommy and Tuppence succeed?

This book shows Christie’s calibre at combining entertainment with logic. Tommy and Tuppence are extremely lovable and will have you laughing with them throughout. Their suspects range from a mother of one to an army general, keeping you hooked on till the end.

This is the second time I am reading this book, but still, it had me hanging on tenterhooks to identify N and M.

I’ll rate it **** out of *****

Have fun reading!