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84 Charing Cross Road (1971)

– tekijä: Helene Hanff

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Correspondence between Helene Hanff and agents of Marks & Co., chiefly Frank Doel.
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Teoksen nimi:84 Charing Cross Road
Kirjailijat:Helene Hanff
Info:Folio Society
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Rakas vanha kirja (tekijä: Helene Hanff) (1971)

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    Kirjallinen piiri perunankuoripaistoksen ystäville (tekijä: Mary Ann Shaffer) (khuggard, DetailMuse, helgagrace, ehough75, kraaivrouw)
    khuggard: Another tale about book lovers who come together through letters, with the same, post-war England setting.
    kraaivrouw: Another book about people who connect via their love of books and reading.
  2. 110
    The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street (tekijä: Helene Hanff) (Booksloth, Cecrow)
    Cecrow: A sort-of sequel to 84 Charing Cross Road, detailing Helen's visit to London, England.
  3. 40
    The Haunted Bookshop (tekijä: Christopher Morley) (BasilBlue)
  4. 40
    The private papers of a bankrupt bookseller (tekijä: William Young Darling) (BasilBlue)
    BasilBlue: Fascinating peek at the nature of book sellers and book buyers in the early 20th century.
  5. 51
    Q's Legacy (tekijä: Helene Hanff) (lilithcat)
    lilithcat: "Q" is Arthur Quiller-Couch, whose book On the Art of Writing led Ms. Hanff to what would become many of her favorite books and writers.
  6. 74
    Epätavallinen lukija (tekijä: Alan Bennett) (withwill, teelgee)
  7. 30
    The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (tekijä: Lewis Buzbee) (Booksloth)
  8. 10
    Bibliophilia (tekijä: N. John Hall) (sneuper)
    sneuper: Like Bibliophilia, 84 Charing Cross Road is a correspondence between a collecter and an antiquarian bookseller.
  9. 21
    An Alphabetical Life: Living It Up in the World of Books (tekijä: Wendy Werris) (sfelber)
    sfelber: Another book about books-this time the book selling business. A fascinating read. This memoir by Wendy Werris details her life from working in a San Francisco book store as a kid to becoming an independent book rep. A true behind-the-scene view for bibliophiles.… (lisätietoja)
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    The Thorn and the Blossom (tekijä: Theodora Goss) (MyriadBooks)
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    Book Traveller (tekijä: Bruce Bliven) (trav)
  12. 11
    At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays (tekijä: Anne Fadiman) (Booksloth)
  13. 01
    Twice Born (tekijä: Margaret Mazzantini) (remeig)
  14. 01
    Address Unknown (tekijä: Kathrine Kressmann Taylor) (bnbookgirl, bnbookgirl)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 300) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Lovely little book - read it from the library, got a copy from an LTer and immediately read it again (less than a week later). This will be a perennial. I only wish we could see more of the correspondence - there are replies to letters we don't get to see. But the relationship growing from formal and tentative to good friends is beautiful to watch. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Nov 3, 2021 |
My choice of this book was completely superficial: I couldn't bring my briefcase to work and I was in the middle of a longer book, so I had to pick something that was slim and short to entertain me on the subway and tuck away once I reached my destination. This book, given to me by Grandma Sybil, fit the bill.

The back text completely undersold the book. First of all, I didn't realize it was nonfiction (I think...?). Second, the way the "used-book dealer" was described, I was under the impression that the dealer was singular...and I guess I expected a stupid semi-romance. I was delighted to find it otherwise.

This collection of letters is perfect for all the ways that might make it frustrating for the unprepared reader: many of the letters are lost, correspondence goes in both directions from multiple different people and places, and much is left to the reader's knowledge base. I consider myself well-read in that I often recognize the contents of books and stories even if I haven't (yet) read them myself, but some of Helene Hanff's obscure requests really stumped me. I also, I will admit, was not clear that that she was joking in her first brusque letter or two--and they say that tone is difficult to convey in email!

There was so much personality in these letters. I used to write a lot of correspondence--paper and e--and while I do a lot less of it now, I don't know how much of my personality would show through my descriptions of things that happened to me.

This was a great example to look at as I'm typing up my great grandparents' letters from WWII. Almost none of my great grandmother's letters to my great grandfather survive while almost all of his to her do--but it's not impossible to work with, as this book with even fewer connecting pieces proves.

Finally, as someone who works in publishing, I had to love the permission-acquiring Epilogue. Just tickled me.


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13 - A newspaper man I know, who was stationed in London during the war, says tourists go to England with preconceived notions, so they always find exactly what they go looking for. I told him I'd go looking for the England of English literature, and he said: "Then it's there."

27 - I love inscriptions on flyleaves and notes in margins, I like the comradely sense of turning pages someone else turned, and reading passages some one long gone has called to my attention.
I agree within reason. I would probably hate to read my own books, because when I do mark them up I tend to start conservatively and end up underlining whole pages by the end. But books where someone has left a little note in the margin every other page or so, that I do like. On the other hand, my experience with flyleaf inscriptions is that they tend to be more present in unread gift books I've picked up second-hand.

43 - Your mother is setting out bravely this morning to look at an apartment for you on 8th Avenue in the 50s... Maxine you know perfectly well your mother is not equipped to look at ANYTHING on 8th Avenue.
Had to laugh at this one. 8th Ave was my daily walk to and from work while I was interning at Columbia University Press. It's pretty tame now, but there are a few remnants of its past reputation here and there.

61 - Loved this letter for the requested prayers for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but also for the referenece to De Tocqueville. I know that name! The folks I looked up for that French translation have popped up all over the place, it seems. ( )
  books-n-pickles | Oct 29, 2021 |
This is an oddity of a book. Quite delightful, in these days of social isolation, in that most of the participants never meet.

Also delightful was the mutual delight in quality books (mine and the writers, that is).

However, you can't really rate this like an ordinary book. Even supposing Miss Hanff edited for clarity/ content (there are missing letters, mostly hers, that make you wonder if she was protecting something), it has no plot, gaping holes, and very little literary value... but yet it does. Or at least, seems to. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
When I think of ways to describe this book words like 'delight' and 'joyful' and 'jolly' are the first that spring to mind. This edition is actually two books, and includes the sequel The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, but as they're both novellas and barely make a slight novel when sandwiched together I'll consider them as one book.

Helene Hanff, small-time writer of children's books and plays, became something of a quiet sensation amongst book fans after she published 84 Charing Cross Road, an epistolary chronicling her warm and witty correspondence from New York with an employee at Marks & Co. booksellers in London over 20 years from 1949 until his sudden death. Helene's teasing and mischievous prose is utterly charming, a wonderful piece of bygone nostalgia which just wouldn't happen in today's world of technical and professional efficiency.

Having always threatened to visit London and the store, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street is a diary-style account of when Helene finally gets to visit London in the early 1970s on the back of the success of 84 Charing Cross Road. By then sadly the book shop has closed, but Helene has a fine old time jaunting around the sights she'd always dreamt of visiting, with outings facilitated by people connected with Marks & Co. and various fans, including the British actress Jean Grenfell. Hanff can't quite believe her luck at what a high time she's having, and as she keeps them all on their toes with her witty commentary it feels a privilege as a reader to get to tag along.

4.5 stars - a refreshing delight from start to finish. We all want to be in Hanff's gang. ( )
  AlisonY | Aug 27, 2021 |
Now I see what the fuss is. A romance with a book store, what a good idea. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 300) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of what may be the most unlikely New York Times bestseller ever: Helene Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road. ...84 Charing Cross Road is a perfect example of why you can't judge a book by its cover, its length, or the unorthodox nature of its content. Ultimately what makes the book work is what makes any book work, whether fiction or nonfiction: the relationships between the characters....84 Charing Cross Road is at its core a book about lovers of books, and is at the same time one of the funniest and most touching books you'll ever read
 

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Tekijän nimiRooliTekijän tyyppiKoskeeko teosta?Tila
Hanff, Heleneensisijainen tekijäkaikki painoksetvahvistettu
Doel, Frankpäätekijäkaikki painoksetvahvistettu
Anne BancroftJohdantomuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
Gómez i Casademont, PuriKääntäjämuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
Kooten, Barbara vanKääntäjämuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
Premoli, MarinaKääntäjämuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu

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My friends are peculiar about books. They read all the best sellers, they get through them as fast as possible, I think they skip a lot. And they NEVER read anything a second time so they don't remember a word of it a year later. But they are profoundly shocked to see me drop a book in the wastebasket or give it away. The way they look at it, you buy a book, you read it, you put it on the shelf, you never open it again for the rest of your life but YOU DON'T THROW IT OUT! NOT IF IT HAS A HARD COVER ON IT! Why not? I personally can't think of anything less sacrosanct than a bad book or even a mediocre book. [54]
I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to "I hate to read new books," and I hollered "Comrade!" to whoever owned it before me. [7]
It [the Book Lover's Anthology] looks too new and pristine ever to have been read by anyone else, but it has been: it keeps falling open at the most delightful places as the ghost of its former owner points me to things I've never read before. [56]
Have you got De Tocqueville's Journey to America?  Somebody borrowed mine and never gave it back.  Why is it that people who wouldn't dream of stealing anything else think it's perfectly all right to steal books? [61]
A newspaper man I know, who was stationed in London during the war, says tourists go to England with preconceived notions, so they always find exactly what they go looking for.  I told him I'd go looking for the England of English literature, and he said:
"Then it's there." [13]
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This is the main work - Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road (unabridged).  Please do not combine with omnibus/combined editions, anthologies or abridged editions.

The UK edition titled 84 Charing Cross Road, ISBN 0860074382, 1844085244 and 1860498507, is actually an omnibus edition of this title and The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.  Works identified as this omnibus should NOT be combined with this work, 84 Charing Cross Road.
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