Two years later, Hanff is outraged that Marks & Co. has dared to send an abridged Pepys diary. "i enclose two limp singles, i will make do with this thing till you find me a real Pepys. THEN i will rip up this ersatz book, page by page, AND WRAP THINGS IN IT." Nonetheless, her postscript asks whether they want fresh or powdered eggs for Christmas. Soon they're sharing news of Frank's family and Hanff's career. No doubt their letters would have continued, but in 1969, the firm's secretary informed her that Frank Doel had died. In the collection's penultimate entry, Helene Hanff urges a tourist friend, "If you happen to pass by 84, Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me. I owe it so much."
It is a love letter to the world of great literature while telling the story of a long distance friendship.
I've re-read the book several times since I first read it many years ago and each time it's like revisiting old friends.
Enjoyed this book greatly, it was a quick read and it was enjoyable to read, i would recommend it to others.
One of my all time favorite epistolary works. I own a paperback that is falling apart so I needed a new copy for my shelves. Read morePublished 26 days ago by K. Gaylin
I am so glad this was recommended to me. What an absolutely lovely collection of letters.
I had no idea what this was about when I started reading it. Read more
Chose this book for a summer read for my book club. Great little story. We all enjoyed it. The message we got from it though was "Go to England!"Published 2 months ago by Kristy J. Crowell
This was the first time I’d ever taken Amazon.com up on one of its book recommendations. Privy to my reading "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" (by... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lit Lovers Lane
This is a charming story with interesting real-life characters, an English bookstore clerk and his American client with whom he shared a friendship for years without having met... Read morePublished 2 months ago by psychmom
If you've never read this collection of letters or seen the movie with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins, you are in for a treat. Read morePublished 2 months ago by merereid
A really good story, imaginatively told, as usual, better than the movie. Similar to Hedgehog and Guernsey Potato Peel Society...Published 2 months ago by Tom
What a perfectly composed book. Reads like a very good poem. Precise. Clear. Compelling story that parallels two lives connected by a love of books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolyn E.