This is a wonderful book. Helene Hanff finally gets to fulfill her dream of visiting England and meeting some of her 'penpals' from the book store at 84 Charing Cross Road. She meets many wonderful people and visits so many sites of her favorite books and authors. For anyone who has ever enjoyed English literature; for anyone who has ever longed to visit the places they read about; reading this book is almost as good as getting to go yourself. One of the best things about Hanff's writing is her dry sense of humor and it is additionally worth reading just for that.
84 Charing Cross Road was Helene's account of her 20 year relationship with a London bookstore staff-a special relationship conducted by mail from her NY home before, during and after WWII. For many years she was unable to make the journey to meet these people and when she finally did (in 1970) she wrote this acount. If you love books and bookstores and other likeminded people, this one's for you!
This is the sequel to 84 Charing Cross Road. Miss Hanff finally achieves her dream of visiting England. Presented in the form of a diary, this book describes her adventures visiting various points of interest, meeting Frank's family, and so on. A lovely book - definitely worth reading!
Hanff's voice remains a delight, but as I have not visited London, I wasn't thrilled by this book the way I was with "84, Charing Cross Road." Her notes from when she finally does make it to England are fun and quirky as ever, but I think you would "get" what she is talking about much better if you'd been there too.
I LOVE the writing of Helene Hanff and this book is no exception. It is in diary form and covers the several weeks she visited London after 84 Charing Cross Road was published. Her descriptions and glimpses of history and people are written in words of profound insight. I wish I had found her sooner. :)