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84 Charing Cross RoadE años la correspondencia entre la escritora americana y su librero inglés Frank Doel forjará una amistad basada en el amor a la literatura ue hará de Helene parte indispensable de Marks C. An easy 5 starsI listened to this lovely short audiobook It's completely charming The voices are perfect And in an odd way it reminded me of what I love about Goodreads Strangers connecting over their mutual love of books Slowly the book focused repartee morphs into a real sense of affinity and frienshipA bit of warmth to ease the dark cold days of November A nice relief from the miserable state of world politicsI'm late to this party but I highly recommend it especially the audio

Summary 84, Charing Cross Road

84, Charing Cross Road Read & Download Á 104 ´ A finales de 1940 la joven neoyoruina Helene Hanff solicita algunas obras a Marks Co una librería londinense situada en el número 84 de Charing Cross Road A esta primera misiva seguirán otras para agradecer los envíos para mandar nuevas peticiones para pagar ingeniosamente los libros cuA finales de 1940 la joven neoyoruina Helene Hanff solicita algunas obras a Marks Co una librería londinense situada en el número 84 de Charing Cross Road A esta primera misiva seguirán otr. As a child I loved writing to pen pals Anywhere I went that offered a chance to sign up to be a pen pal I did with earnest None of the pen pals ended up amounting to much but it was thrilling to receive letters from them in the mail I come from a line of pen pal writers as my mother wrote to an English girl her age for her entire childhood and teenaged years It is not surprising then that I one of the first books I reviewed on goodreads was Foreign Correspondence A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over by Geraldine Brooks where Brooks details her own experiences with pen pals one that eventually lead her to move to the United States and a career in writing It comes of less of a surprise that I would be lead to 84 Charing Cross Road a short book of correspondence by former television writer Helene Hanff A proclaimed Anglophile who wrote to employees of the Marks and Company Book Shop in London over a twenty year period Hanff published her letters in book form as a gift to future readers and letter writersHelene Hanff is enad by out of print hard to find British literature The only location close to her where she is able to obtain any just to look at is at the main branch of the New York City Public Library Yet that library is 50 blocks from her home and most of the time she is unable to bring the books she finds back to her apartment The books she can read are new and do not have a history behind them By chance Hanff's upstairs neighbors are British and they give her the name of Marks and Co Starting in 1949 Hanff begins writing to Marks' employees reuesting new or slightly used second hand copies of all things British everything from Chaucer to Austen and all rare books in between While Hanff has got to pay for the air mail and shipping fees she is happy to do so as it opens a new world of books to her What started as an enuiry becomes a twenty year correspondence with employees at the shopThe main pen pal Hanff wrote to was an employee named Frank Doel In time she also wrote to his wife and neighbor as well as other employees at Marks and Company At first they referred to each other by names of ma'am and sir but gradually they grew to use familiar names Helene and Frank Engaging in intelligent conversations about books and about their lives Hanff became emotionally invested in the lives of the Marks and Company family Each year she would send the staff gifts of hard to find rationed items as meats eggs sugar and nylon stockings For this they were forever grateful going out of their way to send Hanff any book she reuested even an extremely rare copy of the Complete Works of John Donne While money did not allow her to travel Hanff had an open invitation to visit London and stay as a guest of any of the shop employees What had started as a simple letter morphed into a lifelong friendshipThe correspondence that Helene Hanff engaged in seemed as a precursor to goodreads as she discussed books with otherwise strangers on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean Finding like minded readers from all over the world is one of the things I enjoy the most about goodreads so I was drawn to Hanff and her uest to obtain British literature Even though she was unable to visit London Hanff's sincere writing left me with a smile as I envisioned her thrill of opening the letters and packages that emerged from a simple correspondence With the majority of correspondence now done electronically letter writing has become a lost art Hanff's letters to Doel took me back to a simpler time and that their relationship centered on books was only an added bonus4 stars

Helene Hanff ↠ 4 Read & Download

As para agradecer los envíos para mandar nuevas peticiones para pagar ingeniosamente los libros cuando faltan recursos o simplemente para hablar opinar recomendar ironizar A lo largo de veint. After hearing about this book for years I finally stumbled upon a 2 ex libris copy earlier this week at a used book sale And without pausing I bought it How appropriate It consists of the correspondence from the late 1940s until the late 1960s between New York writer and bibliophile Helene Hanff and Frank Doel an employee at Marks Co Booksellers at the eponymous address in London Hanff was a voracious eclectic reader who couldn’t find good American editions of the books she wanted to read Responding to an advertisement in a periodical she wrote to Marks Co and began her two decades long epistolary relationship with DoelHer chatty witty and often teasing letters reuesting books and Frank’s conservative straightlaced missives form the backbone of the work As their long distance customer bookseller relationship evolves Hanff occasionally writes to other store employees as well as Doel’s wife the couple’s daughters and the family’s elderly neighbour What gradually emerges is a gentle and moving look at two kindred spirits united by their love of the printed word Hanff’s descriptions of the physical books are so vivid I can practically smell and feel the sturdy covers and the thick creamy pages The book also touches on their differing cultures Hanff’s writing characterized by frank forthrightness Doel’s although no less friendly by a certain civility and politenessTheir correspondence isn’t just about books although there are some amusing illuminating passages about Chaucer Samuel Pepys Jane Austen John Donne and Laurence Sterne Early on Hanff also sends care packages of food and stockings to the bookstore much needed in a time of post World War II rationingAnd there are subtle glimpses into history and the changing nature of society bookstore employees emigrate to other countries to try their luck; the Doels save up money to buy their first used car; ueen Elizabeth II is crowned; Beatlemania descends on LondonBut what I love most of all is the portrait that emerges of Hanff herself A strong and independent single woman who would rather send cash in the mail than fuss with getting a money order she starts out living in a tiny cramped apartment and works her way up the publishing and radio drama worlds drawing on much of her reading of literature thanks to the packages from 84 Charing Cross Road to create her plays What I also admire is how uncluttered this book is There were other letters but Hanff trusts the reader to do the work to connect the dots By reading a “reply” we can intuit what’s being replied to There are no baggy self important italicized passages about what’s in the letters themselves And the graceful ending is stunning in its understatementOne thought Hanff and Doel’s comments about books and literature remind me of the Goodreads community I’ve found here I likely will never meet IRL as they say the people whose reviews and updates I like and comment on but that doesn’t mean our interactions aren’t profound meaningful and lastingThis is a book for and about book lovers to cherish