Dickens in December Event: Oliver Twist (The Movie)

Dickens in December

Caroline at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat and Delia at Postcards from Asia are organising the Dickens in December event. There is a read-a-long, a watch-a-long and there are of course book reviews.

This weekend I watched Oliver Twist, the 2005 movie by Roman Polanski with Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark and Jamie Foreman. My kids (boys, 14 and 15) saw the old-fashioned streets and houses at the beginning of the movie and decided this was not for them. But they stayed to watch anyway and loved the story even though it lasted for over 2 hours!


Oliver Twist (2005)

Charles Dickens wrote Oliver Twist in the 1830s but the story is funny enough to be entertaining even for modern kids and adults. Oliver Twist is an orphan who is sent to work in a work house. When he asked for more food, after having been given a few spoonfuls of porridge as a meal, he is considered a rebel and “sold” to anyone who wants him (they get the boy PLUS 5 pounds). His new employers employ a terrible bully, just a few years older than Oliver, and he decides to elope to London.

In London, Oliver is quickly picked up by one of Fagin’s boys. Fagin is a crook who has a number of boys working for him as a pickpocket. But a wealthy man  takes pity on Oliver, and adopts him, after which Fagin and his cronies try to get Oliver back.

It was a fun and entertaining story. I was surprised that a whole hour had passed when I happened to look at my watch. The movie definitely didn’t feel like two hours long. Everything about the movie seemed right, the cast, the setting (a believable London of the 1800s), the clothes, etc.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) – very good

Time: 130 minutes

First published: As a series in a newspaper, in 1837

I got this movie: borrowed it from the library

Genre: classic

Joining the TBR Pile Challenge 2013

The 2013 TBR Pile Challenge

The TBR Pile Challenge 2013 is organised by Adam of Roof Beam Reader. The idea behind this challenge is that you read older books on your shelves, books that have been there for longer than a year. They deserve to be read, too!

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months).

Never before have I had books on my to-be-read shelves for longer than a year, but now, I’m sorry to say, I have. I read most of the books that I got before Janruary 2012, but not all.

So here’s my TBR Pile Challenge list:

1. The Double by José Saramago

2. Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor (read in January)

3. The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman

4. Ik was Amerika [I was America] by Gustaaf Peek (read in February)

5. Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong

6. The Major of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

7. Tulipomania by Mike Dash

8. Een nacht om te vliegeren [A Night to Fly Kites] by Renate Dorrestein

9. Een stil vertrek [A Quiet Departure] by Annette Zeelenberg

10. De dag waarop ik Johannes Klein doodreed [The Day I Killed Johannes Klein] by Elle van Rijn

11. The River by Tricia Wastvedt – AS I DNF THIS, I need to substitute an alternate!

12. Schrijvende vrouwen [Women Writers]


1. Dubbele stilte [Double Silence] by Mari Jungstedt

2. Echo City by Tim Lebbon

How long has the oldest book on your TBR been sitting there?

Planning to read it soon?


Joining the Dickens in December Event

Dickens in December

Caroline at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat and Delia at Postcards from Asia are organising the Dickens in December event. There is a read-a-long, a watch-a-long and there are of course book reviews.

I have a list for December already, but just one more book…? Yes! I have read several of Dickens’ books and enjoyed them. I bought A Tale of Two Cities a few months ago and this is the ideal opportunity to read it. I may even join the Christmas Carol Readalong if I get a chance!

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The R. I. P. VII Event – Finished!


I finished a challenge! The R. I. P. VII. That stands for Readers Imbibing Peril. It’s hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings.

The challenge ran over two months, September and October, and participants had to read books of the following genres: Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural.

I wnet for the highest level, Peril the First.

Peril The First

For the Peril the First level, you were required to read four books that fit the definition of scary. I read the following (click on the blue links for the reviews):

The Treatment by Mo HayderThe River King by Allice HoffmanThe Mall by S. L. Grey
This was good fun, and the books I read were all from my to-read pile. All books that had been on there for a while. And as you can see, most of them were really good. Win-win!

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