Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Book Review: Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer

Title:                   Love Virtually
Author:                Daniel Glattauer
Genre:                 Novel
Written:               2006 (Eng. 2011)
Length:                223 pages
Original in:           German
Availability:          Love Virtually - US
                          Love Virtually - UK
                          Love Virtually - Canada
                          Love Virtually - India
                          Quand souffle le vent du nord - France
                          Gut gegen Nordwind - Deutschland
                          Le ho mai raccontato del vento del Nord - Italia
German title:        Gut gegen Nordwind
Translated by Katharina Bielenberg and Jamie BullochN

Summary of the story:

It begins by chance : Leo receives e-mails in error from an unknown woman called Emmi. Being polite he replies, and Emmi writes back. A few brief exchanges are all it takes to spark a mutual interest in each other, and soon Emmi and Leo are sharing their innermost secrets and desires. The erotic tension simmers, and it seems only a matter of time before they will meet in person. But they keep putting off the moment – the prospect both excites and unsettles them. And after all, Emmi is happily married. Will their feelings for each other survive the test of a real-life encounter?
And if so, what then?

My review:

Love Virtually, (originally published as ‘Gut gegen Nordwind’ in German), is an international best seller. A love story, which begins ... and ends via emails, Love Virtually, is what one can call an ideal book to read on journeys, or when you are stuck in bed all day, with a sore throat and running nose, sipping on hot soup. 

Emmi, a 'happily married' woman of thirty four, accidentally sends an email to Leo, from where they begin to converse a bit .. which leads to as many as 28 emails exchanged with in five hours on a certain day. 

Emmi and Leo, move from being absolute strangers to getting to know each other bit by bit. Each page you turn, would make you think, "Will the meet?" and towards the end, when they finally decide to meet, your excitement will beat their's, I can bet!

Love Virtually is a tightly packed novel, showcasing the events spread through 7-8 months. The two characters share their joys and some sorrows, mostly random, trying to know each other.

If you yourself are a part of the social networks, believe me, you will identify with Emmi and Leo, and the end will leave you wondering. Yes, wondering. What you wonder, might vary.

Give this book a try. But be patient reading the mails exchanged. Live life with Emmi and Leo.

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