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84, Charing Cross Road

3 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Helene Hanff

84, Charing Cross Roadis a charming record of bibliophilia, cultural difference, and imaginative sympathy. For 20 years, an outspoken New York writer and a rather more restrained London bookseller carried on an increasingly touching correspondence. In … see full wiki

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Author: Helene Hanff
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
3 reviews about 84, Charing Cross Road
review by . May 06, 2013
A charming book of acerbic, gracious, hilarious letters that chronicle a twenty-year correspondence.
Letter writing is such a pleasure in this technology driven age of e-mailing and texting, partly because it is such an intellectually contemplative and slower paced act. The fluid clarity of thinking and conveyance that letter writing requires has by its own right made it a beautiful and all engrossing art form, and there are a plethora of literary artists in which to choose from whose own letters are a delight to read. As an example, I would cite the letters of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to her editor …
review by . February 10, 2002
This wonderful book on the love of books and the love of selling books is heartwarming and absolutely charming. Easily read (the format is a series of letters) and absolutely enjoyable. I could actually imagine Helen`s apt as well as the bookstore in England.My only complaint is that they could have inserted more letters. The gaps between them was quite large at times.
review by . January 18, 2001
This novel is all letters- letters exchanged between someone who is interested in old classic books, and someone who sells them. What could be more dreary and dry I hear you asking yourself. Nothing could be further from the truth. What the story really chronicles is a story of a shared passion that becomes a friendship, and in reality an unspoken mutual admiration and eventually love over a 20 year period.It is simply delightful, and the use of the letters as a way of telling the story means that …
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