The last couple of days I have been reading 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. I know this book is most likely known by most of you out there, but even so I am sure you love a teaser or two from it as it is such a charming little book with so many beautiful passages which are simply meant to be quoted from.
84 Charing Cross Road consists of letters sent between Helene Hanff in New York and the little book store Marks & Co in London through as many as 20 years (from 1949 to 1969). They are a delightful read, filled with humour and friendship. It is amazing what a shared interest in books can lead to.
The copy I have in my hand is accompanied by the sequel The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street. This is a diary from 1971, and continues the story started with the letters.
I found it difficult to select just a few quotes, but here are two of my favourites, both from p. 54:
“It 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.”
“I shall sprinkle pale pencil marks through it pointing out the best passages to some book-lover yet unborn.”
When I get home I am going to watch the movie, too. I hope it was well made and that it was able to catch the athmosphere and feel of the book ❤
Flukten fra virkeligheten
Should Be Reading