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Sunday, August 24, 2008

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

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Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Year: 1987
ISBN: 0380001225
Format: paperback
Pages: 97

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

84 Charing Cross Road is a book that I’ve heard a lot about over the years but never got around to picking it up. Then at a recent meet up of the Green Dragon Group at the Book Barn (the best used book store ever) it was recommend again…and I found myself practically ripping it out of the hands of the person who did the recommending.

This is a short book and I read it in about a day and it involves the written correspondence between Helene and Frank Doel. Helene lives in New York and contacts the shop that Frank works at in England searching for some books. What starts as a simple request soon because a friendship that spans many years. Helene rants and rages at times and at others is horribly funny. Frank starts off as a professional but soon finds that he can’t remain impartial when it comes to Helene and starts to join in her bantar.

I throughly enjoyed this little book and found that once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I have always loved letters (almost as much as postcards!) so it was really enjoyable to read the correspondece between Helene and Frank. I will now have to track down the further adventures of Helene, in The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street which details a trip(s?) of hers to England. Thanks so much doogie for finding this book at the book barn so that I could rip it from your hands and bring into my libary!

One Response to “84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff”

  1. Jen @Fefferbooks

    Aw, I love this book. I picked it up after coming across the movie one day when I was sick (Anthony Hopkins and …Maggie Smith, maybe? Someone like that) and it was so lovely. A bit different from the book, but nice, all the same. If you liked the book, you might love it, too!