Review: I think anyone who really loves books should take the time to read 84 Charing Cross Road. That’s why I’m even bothering to review it, since I sort of feel like everyone has already read it. But, if you happen to be a person who hasn’t yet, go out and find this book pronto.
84 Charing Cross Road is a collection of letters between author Helene Hanff and bookstore employee Frank Doel, who works for Marks & Co in London. Hanff lives in New York, and writes to the store asking for their help finding used copies of some of her favorite books. The letter writing relationship last years, and Hanff and Doel strike up a friendship over a mutual love of books.
I saw a charming play version of this story several weeks ago, and immediately found myself a copy of the book. I read it very late at night during the Read-a-Thon, and found the letters just as lovely as the play – sweet, funny, and full of moments where I felt totally connected to this little world created and maintained through letters.
It’s just… the perfect sort of book for book lovers. Go read it.
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