Sunday, 6 September 2015

Review: 84, Charing Cross Road

84, Charing Cross Road 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

this was published in 1970 the year I was born.
shorter than expected and followed by the duchess of Bloomsbury street.
have had tears in my eyes, sobbing my way through all the emotion!
the humour is spot on.
the exchange is exquisite.
the whole is charming.
I would like to make a list of all the books HH mentions, many of which I've not read or heard of.
I like novels - I also like what HH said about reading about real things, people, places, stuff that happened. I should do more of it.
the second part - the visit, made me think of all the places I didn't go to when I was over there, so have started another list of must sees.
it is incredibly easy to romanticise life sometimes. my piles of journals will no doubt remind me that reality is always present no matter where we are or have been. I liked her finishing thought from Prospero;

this is how I feel about all my years in France, it all seems like a far away dream.

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