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The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street Basically, this is the follow up of 84, Charing Cross Street After postponing for many years, Helen Hanff finally manages to travel to London just in time for the publication of her book, named above This is the journal she kept while visiting London It was interesting but it did not make me feel anything. This is not a 5 star book for all and sundry, but for anglophiles who want to read every book written by a British author and who long to physically visit the places they have haunted in their dreams then this is THE book for you For me it is a 10 star book because I read it 20 year ago and deeply understood the emotions behind the book I wondered if I would ever go to The England of literature or if it would be too late as someone told Helene If I went to England would I be disappointed This is not a 5 star book for all and sundry, but for anglophiles who want to read every book written by a British author and who long to physically visit the places they have haunted in their dreams then this is THE book for you For me it is a 10 star book because I read it 20 year ago and deeply understood the emotions behind the book I wondered if I would ever go to The England of literature or if it would be too late as someone told Helene If I went to England would I be disappointed Helene wasn t I did, in fact, go to London and having forgotten all about the details of Helene s trip I didn t plan the trip at all but followed along with friends since I only decided to go one week before I departed My friends all had ideas for touring Since everywhere I visited would be awesome I only had one extra place to add 84, Charing Cross Road My last morning in London I made my way there and I can truly say about my trip it was not too late I was almost the exact age as Helene when she finally went and by some sort of divine providence, I stayed exactly one block from where she stayed right between Russell SQ and Bloomsbury SQ I didn t know this until I reread her book this week with map of London in hand My trip and hers were both etched in the plat of my mind I even got to see The Tower which she missed but she saw The National Portrait Gallery which I missed but will not miss again if given the chance Helene was a hard, single, New York smoker with a dry witty edge I am a Southern girl with nine children but we couldn t bekindred spirits Oh, to be in Englandagain A Zesty Memoir Of The Celebrated Writer S Travels To England Where She Meets The Cherished Friends From , Charing Cross Road Having just read and enjoyed, 84, Charing Cross Road, I decided to jump right into her second novel, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street Unfortunately this book wasn t as enjoyable The book definitely reads like a travelogue of Helene Hanff s trip that she finally makes to England to see the bookstore, Mark s Company, which because many years had passed, was out of business, and a few people that she acquainted during her over twenty years of correspondence with Frank Doel of Mark s Company, Having just read and enjoyed, 84, Charing Cross Road, I decided to jump right into her second novel, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street Unfortunately this book wasn t as enjoyable The book definitely reads like a travelogue of Helene Hanff s trip that she finally makes to England to see the bookstore, Mark s Company, which because many years had passed, was out of business, and a few people that she acquainted during her over twenty years of correspondence with Frank Doel of Mark s Company, who had died a few years before Helene s visit Humorous in parts but the humor was very sporadic making the reading of the book drag on some And although now a shell and just an empty space, I would have liked her to expoundon what her feelings were when she walked into Mark s Company Three stars Our revels now are ended These our actorswere all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin airThe cloud capped towers, the gorgeous palaces The solemn templesdissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind We are such stuff As dreams are made on thus ends Ms.Hanff her travellogue of visiting London and meeting the friends she made at the now closed old bookshop, 84,Charing Cross Road.I was in a fugue this lazy Sunday travelling Our revels now are ended These our actorswere all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin airThe cloud capped towers, the gorgeous palaces The solemn templesdissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind We are such stuff As dreams are made on thus ends Ms.Hanff her travellogue of visiting London and meeting the friends she made at the now closed old bookshop, 84,Charing Cross Road.I was in a fugue this lazy Sunday travelling with Helene and enjoying, nay feasting upon the sights and pleasures that London, still a quaint backward regal city full of the spirits of dead writers, poets, aristocrats and royals I walked through the alleys, gaped at the chapels and museums, made many friends, concreted my friendship with older friends, and had a ballall in all.The end of the book brought a surreal feeling of being transposed against my wishes from the beautiful trance I was in.Surely a book to be read again and relishedP.S to be honest, I didn t like it s predecessor 84, Charing Cross Road much And I have resolved to read it again, slowly and steadily researching the literary facts as a teeny portion of my mind whispers that it was my kind of book.Thanks to all my buddies who urged me to try this one I had huge expectations from this one, especially after enjoying the snarky and wonderful 84 Charring Cross However, I was disappointed Where the sights and history of London is definitely interesting, the breezy nature of the writing, which was at times quite irritating and at other times quite insufficient made it lacklustre I don t compare books but this is one where I couldn t stop myself from making comparisons While I accept that the book is a diary and as such diary entries don t real I had huge expectations from this one, especially after enjoying the snarky and wonderful 84 Charring Cross However, I was disappointed Where the sights and history of London is definitely interesting, the breezy nature of the writing, which was at times quite irritating and at other times quite insufficient made it lacklustre I don t compare books but this is one where I couldn t stop myself from making comparisons While I accept that the book is a diary and as such diary entries don t really have the coherence of any other form of writing, I still felt that this one did not transfer to me the excitement and sheer joy that Ms Hanff must have felt on visiting London Her words seemed forced and her vigour evenso Her interactions seemed rushed, which could be attributed to the form of writing, but nevertheless there was no development of relationships beyond these mere words And I missed that a lot, given that 84 CC was one where you could find immense meaning and richness behind those words To me London is fascinating, for parts it is quite similar to what Ms Hanff thought about the city and for others it is somethingSomehow, I couldn t feel myself relating to this experience of the city that I have grown to love through books and movies Where it should have exhilarated and enhanced my wish to experience the city, it left me feeling unmoved I won t say that there aren t any good parts in this book but at the same time, I don t think I can clearly say what those are All in all, I am quite disappointed with this one, especially as I took nearly a week to complete what should ideally have been read in a few hours The fact that it almost put me off reading for these past few days made it even worse It was with sheer determination to finish and not leave it half read that I have managed to do so today.I need to go find a another book that will erase this memory, at least for now This is Helene Hanff s follow up to 84 Charing Cross Road and it is an account of her first visit to Britain in 1971, three years after Frank Doel s death It is in daily diary form The visit combined some book promotion of 84 Charing Cross Road, meeting Doel s wife and daughters and a number of other friends and acquaintances As in the previous book Hanff s personality and enthusiasm shine through Her delight in visiting historical sites where some of those she admires first trod is also obv This is Helene Hanff s follow up to 84 Charing Cross Road and it is an account of her first visit to Britain in 1971, three years after Frank Doel s death It is in daily diary form The visit combined some book promotion of 84 Charing Cross Road, meeting Doel s wife and daughters and a number of other friends and acquaintances As in the previous book Hanff s personality and enthusiasm shine through Her delight in visiting historical sites where some of those she admires first trod is also obvious, although she can be cutting about things that irritate her Nothing infuriates me like those friendly, folksy bank ads in magazines and on TV Every bank I ever walked into was about as folksy as a cobra And this thought when walking in a park and greeting a dog with the owner close by Please don t do that she said to me sharply I m trying to teach him good manners I thought, A pity he can t do the same for you.And a very perceptive remark about being taken to lunch at the Hilton You look at the faces in the Hilton dining room and first you want to smack them and then you just feel sorry for them, not a soul in the room looked happy Hanff is great at the one liners although I did miss Frank Doel s dry and reserved responses This is a delightful tourist s account of London and its surrounds told with Hanff s zest for life In a follow up to her hugely popular 84, Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff takes us to London The book is written as diary journal entries on her first and last trip to the city she had dreamed of visiting Alas, her favorite bookstore, which she immortalized in her earlier book, was no , but the success of that first book resulted in instant friends I loved how enthusiastic she was about seeing the literary landmarks she had so long dreamed about I loved her reactions to differences and In a follow up to her hugely popular 84, Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff takes us to London The book is written as diary journal entries on her first and last trip to the city she had dreamed of visiting Alas, her favorite bookstore, which she immortalized in her earlier book, was no , but the success of that first book resulted in instant friends I loved how enthusiastic she was about seeing the literary landmarks she had so long dreamed about I loved her reactions to differences and how she managed to go with the flow particularly loved her exchange with the front desk when she wanted her dress pressed and her first experience ordering a martini Hubby and I shared quite a laugh over that episode Just makes me wish I had known Hanff in person and had the chance to travel with her no matter where I think we would have found something to captivate and enthrall us.Definitely read84 CCRfirst, but you ll want to read this one as well especially if you re planning a trip to London 84, Charing Cross Road should have a warning sticker on the cover Be sure to have a copy of The Duchess Of Bloomsbury Street on hand BEFORE beginning this book If you ve read 84, you already know it takes maybe an hour to finish, including bathroom breaks and getting up to brew a cup of tea and maybe trying to make that recipe for Yorkshire pudding, while you re at it You also know it s impossible to read 84 and not want to readof Helene Hanff s writing Certainly you ll be longing t 84, Charing Cross Road should have a warning sticker on the cover Be sure to have a copy of The Duchess Of Bloomsbury Street on hand BEFORE beginning this book If you ve read 84, you already know it takes maybe an hour to finish, including bathroom breaks and getting up to brew a cup of tea and maybe trying to make that recipe for Yorkshire pudding, while you re at it You also know it s impossible to read 84 and not want to readof Helene Hanff s writing Certainly you ll be longing to know what happened to her next And oh, that bittersweet ending you ll want a little antidote on hand to chase away any possible blues.So get yourself a copy of Duchess, and find out what happens when spoiler alert Hanff finally gets to go to London.She writes another awesome book, is what happens This one s a diary okay, it s based on the diary she kept during the course of her visit A little editing never hurt anyone This book s wonderful It s funny and fascinating and touching and engrossing, just like 84 but richer in some ways, because Hanff can give us all sorts of little details a structure like 84 s doesn t leave room for.She s brilliantly insightful at times I don t know where I was I could find no name to the street, I m not even sure it was a street It was a kind of enclosed courtyard, a cul de sac behind Clarence House and St James s Palace A footstep is loud and you stand without moving, almost without breathing There is no reek of money here, only the hallowed hush of privilege.And sometimes she s just her usual wry, witty self Somewhere along the way I came upon a mews with a small sign on the entrance gate addressed to the passing world The sign orders flatly COMMIT NO NUISANCETheyou stare at that, theterritory it covers.Read this book if you re a New Yorker I am so tired of being told what a terrible place New York is to live in by people who don t live there.or if you re addicted to reading and love to hear the confessions of another bookaholic I m always so ashamed when I discover how well read other people are and how ignorant I am in comparison If you saw the long list of famous books and authors I ve never read you wouldn t believe it My problem is that while other people are reading fifty books I m reading one book fifty times I can relate to that far too well Read this book It s lovely, it s lovable, and it s less than 150 pages Just be sure to read 84, Charing Cross Road first Every time I try to explain the awesomeness of 84, Charing Cross Road, I end up concluding my speech with you ll just have to read this for yourself, to understand I m not a particularly emphatic person, when it comes to experiences I haven t personally gone through But the fact that I found myself unable to sympathize with Ms Hanff getting to see the Englad she d dreamed about forever was unexpected, to say the least It s not like I don t recall going around London all googly eyed, and Every time I try to explain the awesomeness of 84, Charing Cross Road, I end up concluding my speech with you ll just have to read this for yourself, to understand I m not a particularly emphatic person, when it comes to experiences I haven t personally gone through But the fact that I found myself unable to sympathize with Ms Hanff getting to see the Englad she d dreamed about forever was unexpected, to say the least It s not like I don t recall going around London all googly eyed, and swooning over everyone s amazing British accent And yet, the author s attitude only served to make me all stressed about her ending up penniless somewhere in a ditch.See, I have NEVER gone on a trip without making sure to have enough money and THEN some, for any emergency Meaning I plan for the Armageddon taking place at the precise moment the president Queen decides to ask ME to save the world It s up to the two of us to do something, and she s better at managing.Seeing Ms Hanff plan her stay by winging things as long as her money lasted, made me break out in cold sweat She didn t even buy a return ticket, hoping to make things last indefinitely Add to that the fact, that she started budgeting around getting invited to free dinners I think I must ve died of shame at least 5 times, in her place Yes, I have a LOOOOOT of issues And I m also very jealous Happy Of course, I did often stop to remind myself that all this happened over 40 years ago, where not every second person was an axe murderer in disguise And that during these times it was perfectly OK to instruct one s editor to pass through all dinner invitations Or, erm was it Things looked slightly better, when it came to the tourist sights, but even there Ms Hanff was a muchcultured specimen than I could ever hope to be My interest in Oxford lay solely in the awesome architecture, along with a hefty dose of fangirling in Christchurch College s Hall insert witty Harry Potter movie reference What did I care about some guy who had once taught religion in one of those buildings Score 3 5 starsFor all that I ve spent this entire review moaning and moping around, objectively speaking there was nothing to dislike here The narration is brisk and funny, the pacing is alert, all London aficionados can get a piece or two for reminiscing purposesThe excitement from the prequel was gone, however And without that, the book turned into just another non fiction account like any other And I prefer my novels to be fiction See my review for 84, Charring Cross Road


About the Author: Helene Hanff

Helene Hanff April 15, 1916 April 9, 1997 was an American writer Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is best known as the author of the book 84 Charing Cross Road, which became the basis for a play, teleplay, and film of the same name.Her career, which saw her move from writing unproduced plays to helping create some of the earliest television dramas to becoming a kind of professional New Yorker, goes far beyond the charm of that one book She called her 1961 memoir Underfoot in Show Business, and it chronicled the struggle of an ambitious young playwright to make it in the world of New York theatre in the 1940s and 1950s She worked in publicists offices and spent summers on the straw hat circuit along the East Coast of the United States, writing plays that were admired by some of Broadway s leading producers but which somehow never saw the light of day.She wrote and edited scripts for a variety of early television dramas produced out of New York, all the while continuing to try and move from being what she called one of the 999 out of 1,000 who don t become Noel Coward When the bulk of television production moved to California, her work slowly dried up, and she turned to writing for magazines and, eventually, to the books that made her reputation.First published in 1970, the epistolary work 84 Charing Cross Road chronicles her 20 years of correspondence with Frank Doel, the chief buyer for Marks Co., a London bookshop, on which she depended for the obscure classics and British literature titles around which her passion for self education revolved She became intimately involved in the lives of the shop s staff, sending them food parcels during England s post war shortages and sharing with them details of her life in Manhattan.Due to financial difficulties and an aversion to travel, she put off visiting her English friends until too late Doel died in December 1968 from peritonitis from a burst appendix, and the bookshop eventually closed Hanff did finally visit Charing Cross Road and the empty but still standing shop in the summer of 1971, a trip recorded in her 1973 book The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.In the 1987 film of 84 Charing Cross Road, Hanff was played by Anne Bancroft, while Anthony Hopkins took the part of Frank Doel Anne Jackson had earlier played Hanff in a 1975 adaptation of the book for British television Ellen Burstyn recreated the role on Broadway in 1982 at the Nederlander Theater in New York City.She later put her obsession with British scholar Sir Arthur Quiller Couch to use in a book called Q s Legacy Other books include Apple of My Eye, an idiosyncratic guide to New York City, and A Letter from New York 1992 , which reprinted talks she gave on the BBC s Woman s Hour between 1978 and 1985.Hanff was never shy about her fondness for cigarettes and martinis, but nevertheless lived to be 80, dying of diabetes in 1997 in New York City The apartment building where she lived at 305 E 72nd Street has been named Charing Cross House in her honor A bronze plaque next to the front door commemorates her residence and authorship of the book.


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