Stray Thoughts / Musings

84 Charing Cross Road

  • 84 Charing Cross Road
  • 84 Charing Cross Road
  • 84 Charing Cross Road
  • 84 Charing Cross Road

Just watched this AMAZING movie starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins and I had to share it with my friends, particularly those who share a passion for reading and for books with me.

I had ordered it over Amazon and a colleague from London got it for me in Accra recently.

I am quoting the blurb:

It is a true story about love and love of books.

Helene Hanff (Bancroft), a feisty New York writer mails a letter to a small London bookshop requesting some rare English classics. Frank Doel (Hopkins), the reserved English bookseller, answers her request, beginning a touching and humorous correspondence that spans two continents and two decades.

Hanff’s acerbic wit starkly contrasts Doel’s aloof British demeanor, but their mutual love of books forms a bond that deepens with each passing year.

Their intimate, richly detailed letters draw us into their lives as Helene and Frank share their dreams, hopes, sorrows and joys – and in doing so, develop a lasting and extraordinary friendship.
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Few movies have given me so much delight as this one has … I guess one of the reasons is my own love of reading and my obsession with books. A must watch for those who haven’t done so already.

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