84, Charing Cross Road

Hanff, Helene

Book - 1990
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
84, Charing Cross Road

Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 1990.
Edition: De luxe gift ed.
ISBN: 0140143505
Characteristics: 97 p. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Doel, Frank
Marks & Co


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Nov 23, 2014
  • kristikaye rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is an interesting book, but not my cup of tea. After reading the reviews here and elsewhere, I thought it would be better. I did list some books the author had requested I'd like to read, which was a plus.

May 05, 2014
  • KCO rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I've re-read this book many times and it never looses its charm. Through the letters from Helene Hanff and Frank Doel the reader will discover new authors to read, a sense of life in post-war Britain, and how readers connect to each other. This is a wonderful book.

Jul 11, 2013
  • pronto1961 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

thoroughly enjoyable but I kept wishing there were more letters.

May 15, 2013
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Touching and sweet. And true!

May 13, 2013
  • phantomas rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is about self-education, in Hanff's case she found Q's list of books she should read, and Doel found the books for her. This book is also about friendship, bookselling, and writing. The funny thing is that the publisher published her address almost on every other page, so that when the book first came out, many people wrote to her. What a spirit. What a friendship. What a gem.Read the sequel - The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.

Apr 08, 2013
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A delightful, witty read. Read it with great joy all in one sitting.

Aug 08, 2010
  • pokano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A series of letters between a New York TV writer/rare book lover with an alcohol problem to a seller of rare books in post-war London. Letter writing at its best and absolutely charming.


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May 13, 2013
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May 13, 2013
  • phantomas rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"And whaddaya think I dramatized? John Donne eloping with the boss's daughter out of Walton's Lives. Nobody who watches television has the slightest idea who John Donne was, but thanks to Hemingway everybody knows No Man Is An Island, all I had to do was work that in and it was sold. So that's how John Donne made the 'Hallmark Hall of Fame' and paid for all the books you ever sent me and five teeth." -May 3, 1953


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