In June, , a slim volume by a little-known, middle-aged American writer, Helene Hanff, was published in Britain. Called 84 Charing Cross. 84, Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. 84, Charing Cross Road (Spanish Edition) [Helene Hanff] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. En octubre de , Helene Hanff, una joven.

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I do wonder if I am a reincarnate of sorts. As a child, I loved writing to pen pals. I grew up sorting cards and old mail at my grandmother’s house to the PostMan Books and now a grown up letter book.

84, Charing Cross Road – Wikipedia

The affection between Helen Hanff and the staff of the bookshop cannot fail to melt the heart of any reader. Helene is a feisty, amusing correspondent and Frank is a rather more This slim book starts as a collection of letters exchanged between Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, but also other staff and family members, between Maxine Stuart Maurice Denham It’s always a curious indulgence to read other people’s letters, more so if those people had come to know of each other through books and had grown to be friends due to a mutual taste in a particular brand of literature, even more so if the content of their letters isn’t limited to trivia from their mutual lives, and even more so if the correspondence spans decades but isn’t really obsessive-compulsive.


But what I love most of all is the portrait that emerges of Hanff herself. View all 7 comments.

’84 Charing Cross Road’ revisited

Every man, woman and child was given a ration book with coupons. Yes No Report this. I have just re-read this book for about the fifth time.

View all 12 comments. Though the letters are filed in the bookstore, they soon break the famous British reserve and what a treat it is to read them! It is the common bond of humanity.

84, Charing Cross Road

Engaging in intelligent conversations about books and about their lives, Hanff became emotionally invested crsos the lives of the Marks and Company family. I was in my mid-thirties, she was nearing 70, I had a family, she was alone and fiercely independent. Thus begins a beautiful friendship.

Honestly, I can no longer imagine a world without the existence of this little peculiar and hopeful family. Letters, books and quips crossed the ocean from until and a friendship flourished as I first read 84, Charing Cross Road back in the 70s. It starts with her letter in response to the advertising which says the book shop deals in antiquarian books.

Hams, tinned food of varying kinds including tongueboxed eggs, chocolate, raisins and so on. By chance, Hanff’s upstairs neighbors are British, and they give her the name of Marks and Co. It’s snort-out-loud funny and therefore NOT such a good choice for reading in public waiting areas ; a clash of cultures between the two countries separated by a common language. We had a common friend and my pen friend always read my letter.


84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

View all 45 comments. Slowly, slowly, Hanff’s warm letters melt Doel’s English res Hanf have just re-read this book for about the fifth time. Letters and conversation about books- the beauty of them, the written words, the jokes- this is a book lover’s dream. They read all the best sellers, they get through them as fast as possible, I think they skip a lot. I’ll have mine till the day I die – and die happy in the knowledge that I’m leaving it behind for someone else to love.

I love reading letters. A charming tale which was lovely to read, from days gone by.

The letters span a twenty year period, which is incredible in nanff if one thinks about it. But she often stated that she was not rich. We would henceforth have no permanent record of most of our written communication.

Yet, opposites though we were, we shared some common threads in our lives.

It was a time when cod liver oil and orange juice were essential as vitamin supplements for children and were obtained from hcaring local clinics. It was at this point that our paths crossed. To ask other readers questions about 84, Charing Cross Roadplease sign up.