I don’t imagine literature without Dickens. I used to love his books when I was at school and I still do now, as an adult, even if I was pushed into reading them at first. They say each book has a different flavor, depending on the age of the reader. Well, this happened to me while I was reading Great Expectations, one of my favorite books of all times. I loved it back then and still love it now.
And I was fascinated by his descriptions of the Victorian society in the late 19th century and his characters, with their dramas… I cried during their horrible experiences and laughed at times when things got better. That is what amazing authors do; they get you immersed in the book and make you stay up all night, to finish it.
This year, on the 7th of February, we celebrate 200 years since Charles Dickens was born. His life was no garden of roses and still he managed to pull through and leave extraordinary works of art behind him.
Personally, I love reading, not only because it is a lot more relaxing than watching TV, especially before bedtime, but also because it creates a sort of movie in my head. And that is how we get to my next hobby, movies. I remember a while ago, when I could not stop watching a favorite TV series, “Rome” so I watched the whole thing in three days. Books open up a secret place in your mind and help you see the whole thing with your mind’s eyes. Movies come along and show you what others (movie directors) have seen in the book.
So if you have read his novels and travelled in time to the 19th century, go see the movies as well, you have a whole weekend to do it. There are five movies on the schedule and all of them are excellent.
So go watch them this weekend!
Oh, I almost forgot: there is NO entrance fee!!
Friday, the 3rd of Februay, 2012, Peasant Museum (http://www.muzeultaranuluiroman.ro/contact-us.html), Horia Bernea Studio, Monetăriei entrance, no. 3
20:00 Nicholas Nickelby (Douglas McGrath, 2002)
Saturday, the 4th of February 2012, Peasant Museum, Horia Bernea Studio, Monetăriei Entrance, no. 3
15:00 Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1951)
17:30 A Tale of Two Cities (Ralph Thomas, 1958)
20:00 Great Expectations (David Lean, 1946)