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84, Charing Cross Road (1971)

av Helene Hanff, Frank Doel

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Correspondence between Helene Hanff and agents of Marks & Co., chiefly Frank Doel.
  1. 205
    Guernseys litteratur- och potatisskalspajssällskap av Mary Ann Shaffer (khuggard, DetailMuse, helgagrace, ehough75, kraaivrouw)
    khuggard: Another tale about book lovers who come together through letters, with the same, post-war England setting.
    kraaivrouw: Another book about people who connect via their love of books and reading.
  2. 110
    The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street av Helene Hanff (Booksloth, Cecrow)
    Cecrow: A sort-of sequel to 84 Charing Cross Road, detailing Helen's visit to London, England.
  3. 40
    The Haunted Bookshop av Christopher Morley (BasilBlue)
  4. 40
    The private papers of a bankrupt bookseller av William Young Darling (BasilBlue)
    BasilBlue: Fascinating peek at the nature of book sellers and book buyers in the early 20th century.
  5. 51
    Q's Legacy av Helene Hanff (lilithcat)
    lilithcat: "Q" is Arthur Quiller-Couch, whose book On the Art of Writing led Ms. Hanff to what would become many of her favorite books and writers.
  6. 74
    Drottningen vänder blad av Alan Bennett (withwill, teelgee)
  7. 30
    The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop av Lewis Buzbee (Booksloth)
  8. 10
    Bibliophilia av N. John Hall (sneuper)
    sneuper: Like Bibliophilia, 84 Charing Cross Road is a correspondence between a collecter and an antiquarian bookseller.
  9. 21
    An Alphabetical Life: Living It Up in the World of Books av Wendy Werris (sfelber)
    sfelber: Another book about books-this time the book selling business. A fascinating read. This memoir by Wendy Werris details her life from working in a San Francisco book store as a kid to becoming an independent book rep. A true behind-the-scene view for bibliophiles.… (mer)
  10. 00
    The Thorn and the Blossom av Theodora Goss (MyriadBooks)
  11. 22
    Book Traveller av Bruce Bliven (trav)
  12. 11
    At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays av Anne Fadiman (Booksloth)
  13. 01
    Twice Born av Margaret Mazzantini (remeig)
  14. 01
    Adressat okänd av Kathrine Kressmann Taylor (bnbookgirl, bnbookgirl)
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This is one of my all times favorite books. I have re-read it too many times to keep track, and I have given many copies to friends.

I find it uplifting when I need something upbeat to read. It is also perfect when I have just a couple of hours to devote to a book. But its size - so short - is no indication of the richness in it. This collection of letters between strangers reveals so much about them and the lives that they led: dreams of travel, love of books, financial troubles, solidarity, friendship and, perhaps, love.

This is not a chronological romance, just a glimpse in the lives of real people, and how much of their dreams and aspirations is poured out in day-to-day missives. Are we all so transparent? Can we all see ourselves and others if only we pay more attention to the memos, email and text messages we send and receive constantly? I don't know, but I do wonder!
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
Epistolary novel with correspondences spanning 1949 through 1969. The exchange of letters starts out between the author Helene Hanff based in NYC and a second-hand London bookshop, Marks & Co. located at 84, Charing Cross Road, and delightfully expands to include the authors friends and the bookseller's family, colleagues and even a neighbor.
This is a very slim volume, 70 pages in the edition I read. The author's wit is clear, as is her love of books (but not fiction!:-) It gives a window into post-WWII life in London.
I found transcription typos especially endearing. I assume they were left in on purpose. The ease of ordering books, overseas and on credit no less and the prices involved were also eye-opening.
I just loved the friendships which evolved over the 20 years between these correspondents!
It makes you want to get a pen-pal start writing long letters again. ( )
  deslivres5 | Apr 2, 2021 |
Just lovely! I read this after the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. You can certainly see how 84 Charing Cross influenced that book, but Helen Hanff's book is real life and that makes it much more charming. It made me long for my own correspondence adventure. ( )
  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
It was just OK, people raved about it as a Panacea from Covid isolation and I see the point but it was too short. It does get me thinking about Helene Hanff though... ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of what may be the most unlikely New York Times bestseller ever: Helene Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road. ...84 Charing Cross Road is a perfect example of why you can't judge a book by its cover, its length, or the unorthodox nature of its content. Ultimately what makes the book work is what makes any book work, whether fiction or nonfiction: the relationships between the characters....84 Charing Cross Road is at its core a book about lovers of books, and is at the same time one of the funniest and most touching books you'll ever read
 

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Hanff, Heleneprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Doel, Frankhuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Anne BancroftInledningmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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My friends are peculiar about books. They read all the best sellers, they get through them as fast as possible, I think they skip a lot. And they NEVER read anything a second time so they don't remember a word of it a year later. But they are profoundly shocked to see me drop a book in the wastebasket or give it away. The way they look at it, you buy a book, you read it, you put it on the shelf, you never open it again for the rest of your life but YOU DON'T THROW IT OUT! NOT IF IT HAS A HARD COVER ON IT! Why not? I personally can't think of anything less sacrosanct than a bad book or even a mediocre book. [54]
I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to "I hate to read new books," and I hollered "Comrade!" to whoever owned it before me. [7]
It [the Book Lover's Anthology] looks too new and pristine ever to have been read by anyone else, but it has been: it keeps falling open at the most delightful places as the ghost of its former owner points me to things I've never read before. [56]
Have you got De Tocqueville's Journey to America?  Somebody borrowed mine and never gave it back.  Why is it that people who wouldn't dream of stealing anything else think it's perfectly all right to steal books? [61]
A newspaper man I know, who was stationed in London during the war, says tourists go to England with preconceived notions, so they always find exactly what they go looking for.  I told him I'd go looking for the England of English literature, and he said:
"Then it's there." [13]
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This is the main work - Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road (unabridged).  Please do not combine with omnibus/combined editions, anthologies or abridged editions.

The UK edition titled 84 Charing Cross Road, ISBN 0860074382, 1844085244 and 1860498507, is actually an omnibus edition of this title and The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.  Works identified as this omnibus should NOT be combined with this work, 84 Charing Cross Road.
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