I am trying out Goodreads. I have rated 20 books and written a review of the latest book I have read. There is a section that says copy and paste your review into your blog. Therefore below is my review of 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. I now need to explore Goodreads further.
My rating: “https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1203435506” 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this delightful book and read it in one go. The difference in the styles of the American and British letters at the start of the book is intriguing. The reserved British would not have added a postscript of “I hope “madam” doesn’t mean over there what it does over here’ on a second book order letter” or “Well, the hell with it” after her rant in the third letter. I found the developing relationship between the Helene and the shop workers over 20 years fascinating. Her kindness in sending food parcels to the shop during the austerity of rationing, while being a writer with only fluctuating income herself, was a turning point in the relationship. I also liked the imagery she conjures up in her letters of these old precious “soft vellum and heavy cream-colored pages” books in her “orange-crate bookshelves”. I think the book I was reading made the story more special as my copy I borrowed from Exeter Library Stack of older books and had yellowed pages. A book I will definitely re-read.
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