Best Literary Hero and Heroine – The Classics Club’s April Meme

The question for The Classics Club’s April meme is: “Who is hands-down the best literary hero, in your opinion? Likewise, who is the best heroine?” I will answer for the best literary heroine first. I love Jane Eyre. I adore her spirit. I adore that Charlotte Brontë made her a heroine that doesn’t need a pretty face, and doesn’t need a man with pretty face … Continue reading Best Literary Hero and Heroine – The Classics Club’s April Meme

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Mind you—this will be a long review. Young Pip was a poor orphan, to begin with. He lived in the marsh country with his old sister and her husband, Joe Gargery the blacksmith. One Christmas day, by the tombstone of his father and mother and brothers on the churchyard, he met an escaped convict from a prison-ship. This convict with a forceful threat ordered Pip … Continue reading Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Quotes: Pip to Estella, the Agony of Romantic Love

I have never read a declaration of romantic love so strong, so desperate, and so agonizing as Pip’s love for Estella in Great Expectations. So here are some quotes from the book to put it in the picture. A love against everything “The unqualified truth is, that when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her … Continue reading Quotes: Pip to Estella, the Agony of Romantic Love

A Note by Me, a Dickensian Wannabe!

My name is Oliver Twist. I was born in a Bleak House, alongside my twin brother Nicholas Nickleby. Even though I was born a poor orphan, I grew to be a young man with Great Expectations. My old nanny Little Dorrit used to tell me A Tale of Two Cities at night, and my uncle David Copperfield would rush me to work at day. He … Continue reading A Note by Me, a Dickensian Wannabe!

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens, and The Classics Club’s December meme

[Review in Bahasa Indonesia and English (plus the answer to The Classics Club’s December meme question!)] A Christmas Carol mungkin adalah cerita Natal yang paling diingat sepanjang masa, kecuali kisah tentang kelahiran Juruselamat itu sendiri. Ebenezer Scrooge adalah seorang pria tua yang hidup di London di era Victoria. Satu fakta mencengangkan mengenai Mr. Scrooge selain bahwa ia luar biasa kikir, adalah bahwa ia membenci Natal. … Continue reading A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens, and The Classics Club’s December meme

Adaptation Review: Great Expectations (2011)

Sinopsis: Philip “Pip” Pirrip hanyalah seorang anak yatim piatu miskin yang nasibnya hendak diubah seratus delapan puluh derajat oleh takdir yang mempertemukannya dengan seorang buronan bernama Magwitch (Ray Winstone). Walaupun dibawah ancaman, Pip bersedia mengulurkan pertolongan untuk Magwitch yang sedang dikejar-kejar serombongan tentara. Dan ia melakukan sedikit lebih daripada apa yang diminta Magwitch. Di hari yang sama, Uncle Pumblechook, seorang kerabat, datang ke tempat peleburan … Continue reading Adaptation Review: Great Expectations (2011)

Adaptation Review: Little Dorrit (2008)

ORANG KAYA BARU DI INGGRIS ERA VICTORIA. Adalah Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy), gadis muda yang miskin namun tekun, yang setia mendampingi sang ayah, William Dorrit (Tom Courtenay), yang telah sangat lama dipenjarakan di Marshalsea debtors’ prison karena masalah hutang. Amy terus bekerja tanpa lelah sebagai penjahit untuk menghidupi dirinya dan sang ayah, kepada seorang wanita tua bernama Mrs. Clennam. Sementara itu, putra satu-satunya Mrs. Clennam … Continue reading Adaptation Review: Little Dorrit (2008)

Bleak House – Charles Dickens (Simplified Version)

“London, 1852. London in November. It was cold, winter weather. There was mud in the streets. There was fog too. The fog was everywhere. It came up the river and down the river. Cold, mud, and fog filled the streets of London. And the fog was thickest and the mud was deepest near Lincoln’s Inn, the very heart of London. The Lord High Chancellor was … Continue reading Bleak House – Charles Dickens (Simplified Version)

Kisah Dua Kota (A Tale of Two Cities) – Charles Dickens

London dan Paris; dua kota yang bergolak menjelang revolusi Prancis. Konon di Prancis, kaum bangsawan memerintah dengan sewenang-wenang dan menyengsarakan rakyat. Kesejahteraan kaum bangsawan diletakkan diatas segalanya, sementara rakyat kecil dianggap tidak lebih daripada anjing. Rakyat harus membayar pajak dengan jumlah yang menggigit, sementara kaum bangsawan terus berfoya-foya dan menggemukkan badan. Kejahatan merajalela, tiada hari tanpa pelaksanaan hukuman mati, tidak peduli kecil atau besar kejahatan … Continue reading Kisah Dua Kota (A Tale of Two Cities) – Charles Dickens