Gentlemen: Your ad in the Saturday Review of Literature says that you specialize in out-of-print books…
Featuring a series of letters between a struggling New York writer, and a reserved bookseller, working at Marks & Co of London. What starts as a mere request for certain hard to obtain books, develops into a friendship between Marks & Co’s staff and specifically Frank Doel, that spans almost two decades.
It’s a short book at just over 90 pages, easily readable over a leisurely hour or two, but also manages to be utterly charming and amusing. Hanff’s very forward, friendly and wittily sarcastic style, quickly brings the professional and slightly conservative Frank Doel out of his shell and each and every letter is a delight to read.
A lovely book and you wont be disappointed if you invest the few hours of your time it asks of you.
All I have to say to YOU, Frank Doel, is we live in depraved, destructive and degenerate times when a bookshop – a BOOKSHOP – starts tearing up beautiful old books to use as wrapping paper.