Tuesday, June 2, 2009

84 Charing Cross Road

This is another book written in letters (this is the second of three I've read in less than a month) and it was wonderful. Helene Hanff is a New York screen play writer who contacts a London-based bookseller to find her some rare books. From 1949-1969 Helene and the employees of Marks & Co Booksellers correspond about books and eventually their lives. Helene sends food and other items currently being rationed and they in turn offer to host her on a trip to England.

It is quite a touching story really. That people so far apart could have so much in common and care about each other deeply. It is also an testament to the bygone art of letter writing. It is a very very fast read but well worth it.

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