I read this book. I loved it. I cried at the end. Helene Hanff certainly infuses her letters with her personality. She has certainly attained the ‘true art of letter writing’ as described by Jane Austen in a letter to her sister Cassandra.
I have now attained the true art of letter-writting, which we are always told is to express on paper exactly what one would say to the same person by word of mouth.