The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street A zesty memoir of the celebrated writer s travels to England where she meets the cherished friends from Charing Cross Road

  • Title: The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street
  • Author: Helene Hanff
  • ISBN: 9781559211444
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • A zesty memoir of the celebrated writer s travels to England where she meets the cherished friends from 84, Charing Cross Road.

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    1. A week ago I read 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. I found the concept of writing to the same pen pal over a twenty year period to be a refreshing and charming idea for a book. That the book has endured for nearly fifty years shows that many share my views of this slim memoir. In the comments of the review it was brought to my attention that Hanff had written a follow up to Charing Cross Road. Twenty years after she began correspondence, Hanff finally made it to London. A friend encourage [...]

    2. 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 read more of Helene Hanff's writing. Certainly you'll be longing t [...]

    3. Every time I try to explain the awesomeness of 84, Charing Cross Road, I end up concluding my speech with "you'll have to read this for yourself". I'm just not a particularly emphatic person, least of all when it comes to experiences I haven't personally gone through.The fact that I found myself unable to sympathize with Ms. Hanff getting to see the Englad she's dreamed about forever was uncomfortable, to say the least. It's not like I don't recall going around London all googly-eyed, and swooni [...]

    4. 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? [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. Our revels now are ended. These our actors. . . were all spirits andAre melted into air, into thin air . . .The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces. The solemn temples . . . dissolveAnd, 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 avelling with Helene [...]

    7. Loved the travelogue. If I can go to London I know now what I would be doing. This one is not as beautiful as 84, Charing Cross. But still a beautiful travelogue full of kind strangers.

    8. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street is Helene Hanff’s companion memoir to 84 Charing Cross, an epistolary book about her twenty-year relationship with the London bookshop, Marks & Co. 84 Charing Cross, published in the US in 1970, is a tribute to Frank Doel, the buyer of rare books for whom she had great affection and who died unexpectedly in October 1969. A London publisher, Andre Deutsch, bought the memoir for publication in England following its instant success in the US and invited her to [...]

    9. This is the chronicle of Helene Hanff's long delayed visit to London in the summer of 1971, following on from the publication of her well-known book 84, Charing Cross Road. While it lacks the unselfconscious charm of 84 Charing Cross Road, this memoir is still full of exuberance and wit. For anyone who has at last travelled to a long dreamed-of country or city, the book brings to mind all of the anticipation, wonder and excitement of such an adventure. As a traveller on her first visit to London [...]

    10. 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.

    11. I really enjoyed her account of the London trip. She'd dreamt of it so long! It was funny,sweet, and interesting. I wonder if she ever made it to London again? Didn't have the impact of 84 Charing Cross Road, but still a great read.

    12. Had to stretch this out over several days - just didn't want to say goodbye to Helene Hanff and her witty, sardonic voice again. It's a bit different from 84, but still full of delight. A moving testament to how wonderful things - sometimes, lifelong dreams - can still happen to you late in life.

    13. This is a companion book to the more widely know 84, Charing Cross Road. The edition I read had both books. What a delightful surprise.While 84, Charing Cross Road is a collection of letters that span 20 years between the author and Frank Doel (and others), the Duchess of Bloomsbury Street is a collection of diary entries made by the author on her first trip to London. Her keen observations of people, time and place, makes for an interesting read. As does her dry humor. While I liked this fun, f [...]

    14. Splendid. Enchanting. Marvelous.Few works of nonfiction have moved me to emotion like this one did. To look at THE city through the eyes of an ardent lover of English literature strikes notes dear to the heart. Blame it on an EngLit student's incorrigible Anglophilia, or call it Colonial Hangover if you wish.

    15. Often happens that when you start liking a book, you love even the small fallacies it may have. Unfortunately the vice versa is also true :( And that's what happened with Bloomsbury.After 84 Charing Cross, was looking for a similar fun filled joy ride in its sequel. but it started disappointing right after the first 20 pages or so.Wanted to like this one, or atleast not hate because of what 84CC did. and because of favourable reviews of people whose ratings match with mine.Conversations full of [...]

    16. Having enjoyed the story of Helene's long correspondence with the staff and families of a London bookshop in 84, Charing Cross Road I was interested to find out what happened next.This book records in diary form, her much longed for visit to London, the friends she made, the places she discovers, and the amazing kindness she is shown.I actually liked this second book a little better was somehow much deeper and more satisfying, and a welcome rounding off for the first volume.

    17. A nice little follow-up to 84 Charing Cross Road, it chronicles the long-awaited trip to London by the author herself. Written as a diary, it's a rather candid look at her adventure in the UK, and offers a glimpse into a simpler England. Fans of 84 will definitely appreciate the sequel.

    18. In case you don't know 84 Charing Cross Road, it was a 1970 sleeper hit epistolary charmer written by a curmudgeonly late-middle-aged, sassy, and obscure New York writer named Helene Hanff. I enjoyed that book immensely (as well as the film adaptation starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft), and gave the book five stars. That book, in the form of selected letters culled from a 20-year series of correspondence, chronicled her pen-pal relationship with a gentlemanly London bookseller, his cowo [...]

    19. I loved 84, Charing Cross Road so much, I was eager to read this follow-up--Helene finally gets to London! And I was not disappointed. The same verve, making friends wherever she goes, but also still her edge--she ends up instructing a bartender how to make martinis HER way, and pitches a fit at Oxford when her "tour guide" friends won't take her where SHE wants to go and insist on taking her shopping, but this is combined with trenchant comments comparing American and British culture and a sens [...]

    20. A lovely follow up to 84 Charing Cross Road. While I definitely prefer 84, I love how Hanff finally got to London, although years too late for Frank! And I personally don't like London nearly as much as she does!Nevertheless, it was a lovely book, and I'm glad I read it. I just wish there were more people in it from 84! A definite recommended read for anyone who has already read 84!

    21. This is a sequel to the book "84 Charing Cross Road," which is a favorite of mine. In "Duchess," Helene finally travels to London and she gets a small taste of fame since her "84" book has been published. She takes many tours around the city and has outings to the countryside, and the book is a diary of her travels. If you liked "84 Charing Cross Road," you will probably enjoy this book.

    22. This is one of the best travel journals that I have read. It helps to read 84 Charing Cross Road first for a bit of context and for a better appreciation of the significance of the author's visit to London. She writes so well and her descriptions of where she goes and what she sees are delicious.

    23. Until Lizz mentioned it a few weeks ago, I was completely unaware this book existed; now, having read it in less than two days, it's a favorite. 84, Charing Cross Road was a favorite when Lizz first recommended it, but this may surpass even that in my personal estimation for one simple reason.This book exactly captures what it felt like to be abroad in a city where you have longed for years--and I do mean years--to see. I didn't spend nearly so much time in London as Helene Hanff, but through th [...]

    24. Well it was a good read considering the following facts1) It was a Non Fiction which I usually stay away from.2)The Author was talking about places she had visited in Great Britain which I had no idea about and could not even envisage an in image in the case of Churches and other literary monuments.3) The Author was also talking about people mostly fans and friends she met in London some of whom must have been very well known to all except me.In spite of all these I finished it in a few days (It [...]

    25. You must go out and read 84, Charing Cross Road, and then read this. Both are excellent, and this is a wonderful follow-up to the first. Do not read them out of order.Helene Hanff sounds exactly like one would want one's maiden aunt to be, unless one wanted someone a bit more madcap, like Auntie Mame. She's witty and interesting and is absolutely head over heels in love with London. I got such an appreciation of the London of literature from this book. She is deeply reverent of what she sees, an [...]

    26. The sequel to 84, Charing Cross Road, in which Helene Hanff finally makes the journey to visit England and meet Nora Doel, the widow of Frank Doel, the bookman she had corresponded with, and their daughter Sheila. The sequel isn't quite up to the standards of the original - they rarely are - but anyone who loved 84, Charing Cross Road will want to read this.

    27. À lire dans la foulée de Charing Cross Road pour compléter la correspondance d'Helene et Franck. Sous la forme de carnet de son voyage en Angleterre, on suit l'américaine qui découvre enfin les lieux rêvés. Parfois un peu long, c'est avant tout le portait d'une drôle de dame qu'il est bon d'accompagner. Peut-être pas 4 étoiles mais pas loin.

    28. Actual ratings 3.5. Lovely follow up to 84 Charring Cross Road, and read at the perfect time as I have just travelled to London for the first time, and had many experiences that mirrored Helene's (what is with those showers?!).

    29. Diary of the woman who wrote 84 Charing Cross Road, who FINALLY gets to travel to England b/c the book has made her a bit of money. 1980s. Just a really fun look at her experiences as an American tourist, finding her favourite literary points of interest, the people who meet her or are charmed by her, or who take her to interesting spots. Traveling before the time of internet, it's just pleasing to see how charmed she is by things that she sees or does.

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