Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday Quotables | 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Thursday Quotables, hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, is a weekly feature to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.

Author: Helene Hanff
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Club Read

It all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene's sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm and charming long-distance friendship lasting many years.

My Quotable comes from page 8. The unmistakable personality in the writing of Hanff's letters tickles me pink but I laughed out loud when I read this epistle.

14 East 95th St.
December 9, 1949
I sent that package off. The chief item in it was a 6-pound ham, I figured you could take it to a butcher and get it sliced up so everybody would have some to take home.
But I just noticed on your last invoice it says: "B. Marks. M. Cohen." Props.
ARE THEY KOSHER? I could rush a tongue over.

Helene Hanff

So far, this book is fantastic. I can't wait to finish it, but I'm looking forward even more to my next book club meeting to discuss it! ^_^

What Quotable captured your attention this week?


  1. This is great! I've had this book on my shelf for far too long -- thanks for the reminder that I need to read it. :)

    1. You really, really must! There are so many delicious book descriptions in the book, too -I don't like nonfiction generally, but I devoured this one.

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