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Helene Hanff Message Board 6/28/2005 5:55:37 PM
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Author Hanff's Book Reviews

84 Charing Cross Road
You can read this charming book in less than two hours. The story consists entirely of letters from a New York writer requesting books, and a London Used Bookseller who places her orders. The correspondence, which lasts over 20 years grows from one of mutual interest in books, admiration, to friendship and love. This is a captivating record of bibliophilia, cultural difference, and imaginative sympathy. Very funny and sweet. One of my very favorite bo...
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street
Not as good as its predecessor, this sequel to 84 Charing Cross Road tells of Helen's adventure once she finally gets to see London, and her spiritual quest that is met while she is there. Written as a diary, she talks of the places she visits and the people she meets. Just as charming and funny as her first book, this book lacks warmth of a relationship that her first book had. Still, lovers of the first book will be overjoyed that there is this seque...