By Helene Hanff
This ebook is the extremely simple tale of the affection affair among pass over Helene Hanff of latest York and Messrs Marks and Co, dealers of infrequent and secondhand books, at eighty four Charing move highway, London'. day-by-day TELEGRAPH advised in a sequence of letters in eighty four CHARING go street after which in diary shape within the moment half THE DUCHESS OF BLOOMSBURY road, this real tale has touched the hearts of thousands.
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Szuch, an intelligent and well-read person who valued me and believed in my abilities. " I immediately went to my room, took the remaining copies from my suitcase, threw them all down in the snow outside the guest house, and set them on fire. Why do I tell this story? And why do I remember my despair, and say that it was very Polish? In Poland, so-called refined people are not protected from the pressure of the masses by strong institutions, traditions, hierarchies, and the social order, as is the case in the West.
May 30,1960 I was in the fourth year of my law studies when Pitsudski led an armed attack on the existing political system. I was no fan of Pilsudski and his ilk, perhaps partly because he was a man of the left, while my environment was conservative and did not trust the "mason," as he was known—a person, moreover, who was alleged to have organized hold-ups in post offices during the 1905 revolution! People would say: "Pilsudski? " But I wasn't especially susceptible to this kind of righteous indignation on the part of my Polish Memories 49 uncles and aunts, and I probably would have enjoyed resisting it had it not been for another, more important consideration.
I deliberately allowed myself to write like that... so people would find it exciting— so they'd want to read it. Money's rather tight, I'm under my third eviction warning, you understand how it is? Please take a look," he adds by way of encouragement. " I took it and read it. With a growing sense of unease, distaste, pain even, because, yes indeed, it was erotic, and filthy, hopelessly filthy, infatuated with filth; on these pages there was nothing that purified. It was not only filthy, it was bad, it was cheap work, it was filthy trash.