birdienl: (spring 2015)

A body is found in the river Thames and believed to be John Harmon, the heir to a large fortune who just returned to England. His death and discovery will affect various corners of London society. There are Mr and Mrs Boffin, the Harmon's servants, who suddenly come into a large sum of money. There is Bella Wilfer, bethrothed to John Harmon, who now sees herself consigned to a life of poverty. And Lizzie Hexham, daughter of the man who fished John Harmon from the river will become very much involved in the aftermath of the murder and meet two men who pursue her.

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birdienl: (Winter2)
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows
book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. sharing
exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week etc.)


1. Hello dear people, I´m back! Well, I already posted a book review earlier this week, but just wanted to let you all know that the hectic period in my life of moving and refurbishing is (mostly) over, so I'll have time to regularly post here again, yay!
I moved three weeks ago now and have unpacked and furnished almost everything by now. When I moved in, there was no kitchen yet, so they've been working on that for the last few weeks. The kitchen is now almost finished, it's all set-up, but I don't have gas or hot water yet, but hopefully next week. Here, have a few pictures of my new place, you can see the chairs I mentioned in my last 'Bookish and Not So Bookish Post', which I'm really fond of!
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birdienl: (Christmas)
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows
book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. sharing
exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week etc.)


1. First off, a very happy New Year to all of you! May 2015 bring all the best for you and your loved ones!
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Nick Nickleby aired on the BBC in mid-November, basically unannounced and tucked away somewhere in the early afternoon. That's a real pity, because this modern adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Nicholas Nickleby is a little gem which should be viewed by many more people!

Mild spoilers for those who do not know the story of Nicholas Nickleby )

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In my quest to watch everything Dickensian this bicentennial year (because to read everything would simply take too much time....), I recently watched the 1998 modernized version of Great Expectations starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke.

That night all of my dreams came true, and like all happy endings, it was a tragedy )


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As most of you will probably know, last Tuesday was the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens birth. I wanted to make a post to celebrate this fact, but real life got in the way. Also, I haven't had the time to write a book or adaptation review, but luckily there is the [Poll #1817751]

One last question and I'll leave you alone for today: on my to-be-read list of the last few years I had a line saying: 'Read at least one novel by another classical author'. With 'another' I meant, some author other than 'the big six' ;-): Austen, Brönte, Gaskell, Dickens, Hardy and Eliot. I filled this reading resolution so far by reading classic children/youth literature from Louisa May Alcott and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Very good and entertaining reading, but I'm ready to broaden my horizon and try other classic authors. So please,  recommend away! I'm looking forward to all your suggestions!
birdienl: (Tea answer)
The new issue of Femnista is online! This time, in honour of Dickens 200th Birthday, it's all about his works. And, for the first time, I've contributed an article to the magazine. I wrote about the character of Miss Havisham as she is portrayed in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next novels.

Click to view the full digital publication online

Another interesting Dickensian event: Miss Laurie of one of my favourite blogs Old-Fashioned Charm, is hosting a Charles Dickens birthday week from February 5-11. There will be quizzes, book and movie reviews and other interesting posts about Dickens and his works.


Old-Fashioned Charm
birdienl: (Emma love)
After watching The Mystery of Edwin Drood yesterday, it has been confirmed for me again: Dickens and the BBC remain a winning combination.


I confess I have yet to learn that a lesson of the purest good may not be drawn from the vilest evil. )




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