Book Review: Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer
November 13, 2012 33 Comments
November is German Literature Month, organised by Beauty is a Sleeping Cat and Lizzy’s Literary Life. I’m participating with a book that I won from Lizzy in a giveaway last month. I really enjoyed this book!
Number of pages: 282
First published: 2006 (German edition: Gut gegen Nordwind, this English translation 2011)
Genre: contemporary fiction
I got this book: from a giveaway by Lizzy via Beauty is a Sleeping Cat as part of the German Literature Month
Because November is German Literature Month, Beauty is a Sleeping Cat organised a giveaway of German books translated to English, back in October. I entered and won Love Virtually. And I liked the sight of it so much, that I read it almost straight away, well in time for German Lit Month.
Love Virtually: What it is about
From the publishers: “It begins by chance: Leo receives emails 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 longings. 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 unsettles and excites them. And, after all, Emmi is happily married. Will their feelings for each other survive the test of a real-life encounter?”
Love Virtually: What I thought
This book was told entirely through emails. I loved that. Whenever something happened in “real” life, the reader had to wait for the emails on the next day, to find out what exactly happened the night or day(s) before.
I thought the format worked really well and the way Leo and Emmi used email seemed very realistic. Only at times, it was maybe too realistic and became a little boring. Leo and Emmi started off very casual but their online relationship soon deepens. They don’t know much about each other at all but they become addicted to receiving each other’s emails.
I loved especially the emails after Leo and Emmi had not met up in the beginning of the book. Later, I found that the story dragged on a bit. The ending was surprising and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.
Extra: As a Psycholinguist I was surprised to see that Leo was a Language Psychology professor (a term I haven’t heard of) who was also described as a Psychology of Language professor (yes, that is a term I know, it’s the same as Psycholinguistics) and a Psychology of Linguistics (what???) professor (I blame the translation). He researches BOTH linguistic behavior in emails AND emotion? That are two completely different areas of Psychology and I’m not sure if they even fall under Psychology of Language! 🙂
Extra: I read this book for the German Literature Month.