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Archives 2016-2017 > 84, Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff - 5 stars

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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 31, 2017 06:39AM) (new)

This short memoir has been on my tbr list for a while. I was so happy to finally have a chance to read it, even though the paperback version more resembled a pamphlet instead of a book. Thankfully it didn't disappoint.

I loved the idea of ongoing correspondence between a customer and bookshop staff during a bygone era, that eventually evolved into a more personal type of communication. However, I couldn't help but wonder what Frank Doel thought of that first letter? The humor used by the author (Hanff) in her letters sometimes came off as caustic or complaining, but eventually her overall character won me over.

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LibraryCin | 7967 comments Yeah, I never "got" that it was humour!

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LibraryCin wrote: "Yeah, I never "got" that it was humour!"


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