Saturday, November 13, 2010

Greatest Use of Letters in a Novel

84, Charing Cross Road84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff
Evan’s ESS = 8.75 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = 8 out of 10
Content = PG (Very, Very Mild Adult Content, Book Passion)

Why:  Dear reader,

Due to the sincere impact 84, Charing Cross Road left on us, we’ve decided to write this entire review in the form of a letter (as it turns out this really doesn’t change things as much as we originally thought. Oh well).

What a charming read.  Rarely on this blog will you find the word delightful used to describe a novel, but in the case of 84, Charing Cross Road we can think of no better adjective.  The novel follows an actual 20 year correspondence between a New Yorker searching for rare literature and an antique bookseller in London, England.  What we found amazing was that after only 4 or 5 letters you have a thorough grasp on each character’s life.  By the end, genuine relationships have been established, which makes the climax all the more touching.  Touching in a good way or touching in a bad way, you’ll have to decide for yourself.      

                                                                                       Two Bibliomaniacs

P.S.  We really don’t have anything significant to add here, but we thought the usage of the PS would further validate the whole letter format thing.  Anyway, hope you’re having a good day.  We’d love to hear back from you in the comments section.

P.P.S.  Never mind, once was probably enough….


  1. This is intriguing. I believe I will put this book on my Christmas list. Thanks again, Bibliowhatsits.

  2. This is a enjoyable book. I read it last month -I bet you would like another book in letters -The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peal Society-set in WWII on the English channel island of Guernsey-a very bookish book