84 Charing Cross Road is filled with the love of life and the love of books and is timeless and charming with a tinge of heartbreak. Helene Hanff wanted nice copies of used English books when she began corresponding with a used bookshop in London and she got more books than she could ever have imagined, but she also got several life-long friendships, beginning with the manager of the bookshop on Charing Cross Road, Frank Doel. Hanff was a writer in television, novels, textbooks and articles and well known in her time, in addition to being politically active. Hanff's correspondent was a mild-manner manager in a bookshop, beloved by all who knew him but easily overlooked with the usual English reserve. Their correspondence, along with several other employees of the shop and extended family of employees covers more than two decades and begins with post-war rationing still in place and ends with screaming fans of the Beatles and the rise of Carnaby street - quite a progression in the England of the twentieth century. These letters are full of life and humour and every human emotion. The book reads quickly, but that is all right because as soon as the last page is turned, eager readers will begin again looking for favourite passages. Highly recommended to all sorts of readers but especially those who love English books and England...Continua
故事講述Helene一位愛書者，去信Marks & Co. 尋找一本絕版書籍。Frank Doel就成了她的獵書搜尋人。然後幾十年來，一封一封的信紙從大西洋美國的這邊飄洋過海到達英國的查令十字路八十四號。由尋找一本珍而重之的書藉到一份與Marks & Co.書店全店員工的珍貴友情。又信又書、後來是禮物、還有食物，然後是交換人生經歷種種，在大西洋的上空以信函交流著，很是婆媽的相處交往。不過，老十土婆媽的事情經過歲月的歷練，共同分享唱書的心得而建立的關係群，薄薄的紙張盛載著濃情厚意。彼此都渴望從遠方寄來的信，人物關係沒有曖昧(電影版是不同的)，也沒有甚麼高低起伏，只是到最後Helene 和Frank 更緣慳一面，心裡總是有點忐忑，卻又說不上是可惜，跟這本書的調子一樣，都是淡淡的。
The author of the book, Helene Hanff is an american writer with a passion for book, especially British classics. Thanks to this passion she starts a correspondence with a library in London that send her antique copy of books.
This correspondence soon became a friendship, especially with Frank Doel, the chief buyer of Marks and co.
I enjoyed the book for two mainly things, first because is very intimate and delicate, second because I discovered a London that I didn't know about....Continua