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84, Charing Cross Road (German) Paperback – 1 Feb 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH (1 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3442731291
  • ISBN-13: 978-3442731299
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 11.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,358,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very pleased with purchase really enjoyed the story of the exchange of letters between Helene Hanff and Frank D and the detail of the context they were written in. This version contains the sequel the Duchess of Bloomsbury a must if like me you wish to bring closure to the tale.
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I absolutely loved this book, it's just a joy to read. A must for anyone who loves books and loves people. It was wonderful to read everyone's stories told in their own voice and to read about such kindness between them all. If you want to read a book that will restore your faith in humanity this is it!
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I bought this because I've seen the movie several times and loved it.
I normally do this the other way round, having read the book several times I go see the movie.
It did not disappoint. I could imagine the reading of the other letters that
were not included in the movie and it was quite a surreal feeling.
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Format: Hardcover
Like many people I saw a movie first. Naturally due to media constraints, you expect certain amount of the book to be homogenized. So I wanted to read what was missing. To my amazement very little was missing or modified. I don't normally read this sort of book. So I was surprised at finding myself wanting more when it finished.

Also until I read the book I did not realize that Charing Cross Road was a real place. The whole book is based on a collection of correspondence between Helene Hanff, an avid book reader, and Frank Doel an agent for British bookseller.

My wife has taken this one step further and is collecting all the books that were mentioned in the correspondence. Some of these books appear to have been reprinted due to this publication.

If you can find it there is a book called "The Library of Helen Hanff."
I wonder what became of all the other people described in the correspondents after the book.
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Format: Paperback
I first read this book in my teens have have revisited it on several occasions throughout the years. The first section of the book takes the form of letters between Helene Hanff & Frank Doel (although other letters are also included) who worked at 84 Charing Cross Road. Helene Hanff is an American scriptwriter who is in love with books. 84 Charing Cross Road is the bookshop that sends her those books for a period of 20 years starting just after the war. The second part of the book covers Helene Hanff's visit to London after 20 years of attempts - usually thwarted by lack of money.
This is a gentle book which ambles along at no great pace but is none the less gripping. I find it hard to put down. This is not an action book but ideal for a sunday afternoon read.
Definitely Different.
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