Helene Hannff

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Helene Hannff

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1DeusExLibrus
Aug 6, 2009, 10:20am

A friend loaned me copies of 84 Charing Cross Road and Q's Legacy last year, and I loved them. Hanff had an amazing sense of humor, and she was a bibliophile of the first order IMHO. Charing Cross Road is an epistolary book chronicling her correspondence with a British book dealer in the 50's and 60's, and its definitely a laugh out loud book. The best way I can describe her sense of humor is to say its a bit like Lewis Black, which is oddly appropriate, as she's jewish (not that I'm saying all jews are like that.) At one point she requests a copy of the Latin Vulgate, and when she gets it responds "WHAT KIND OF A BLACK PROTESTANT BIBLE IS THIS?" After a paragraph disparaging the church of england for "tinkering with the vulgate latin" asserting in no uncertain terms that they'll burn for it, she goes on to say "Its nothing to me, I'm jewish myself." The first time I read the book I was sitting on my friend's couch in her apartment, and you could probably her me laughing from the parking lot. :D