84, Charing Cross Road

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È Frank Doel, commesso in una vecchia libreria antiquaria londinese- " l'unica creatura al mondo che mi capisca "- a soddisfare gli stravaganti desideri di una giovane scrittrice americana appassionata di saggi del Settecento, che con lui intreccia una fitta corrispondenza. Miss Hanff sogna per anni di sbarcare nell' " Inghilterra della letteratura ", di conoscere di persona Doel e la libreria cui deve tanto. Ma Frank scompare prematuramente e la libreria chiude i battenti nel 1970. Helene Hanff approderà finalmente a Londra solo in occasione dell'uscita di queste lettere che rappresentano l'insolita parabola dal culto dei libri a quello che è diventato, grazie a una felicissima trasposizione filmica, un " libro di culto ".
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Published 1999 by Archinto (first published 1970
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84, Charing Cross Road
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Responding to an advertisement in a eriodical, she wrote to Marks& Co., and began her two decades-long epistolary relationship with Doel.Her chatty, witty and often teasing letters requesting books and Frank ’ s more 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 fiance, the couple ’ s aughters and the family ’ s elderly neighbour.

The ook also touches on their differing cultures, Hanff ’ s writing characterized by frank forthrightness, Doel ’ s, although no less friendly, by a certain civility and politeness.Their correspondence isn ’ t just about books, although there are some musing, illuminating passages about Chaucer, Samuel Pepys, Jane Austen, John Donne and Laurence Sterne.

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Helene Hanff is an American writer desperate to fill her reading dreams with editions of books she has trouble finding in the US.

Letters and conversation about books- the beauty of them, the written wor, the jokes- this is a book lover 's dream.

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I laughed a lot harder this time, and even got a little choked up near the nd.

Re-reading this little treasury of collected letters made me think perhaps we 've lost more than just an outdated form of contact.

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Strangers connecting over their mutual love of books.

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The lost art of letter writing, but amazing how much we can tell of the friendship between the author in New York and a bookstore in London.

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