Love virtually by Daniel Glattauer, Katharina Bielenberg (Translated By), Jamie Bulloch (Translated By)

A dear friend of mine told me about this book and since then I been trying to get my hands on this one. Luckily , the same friend gifted me this last week. 

To say , I loved this book would be less.
I kind of lived this one.

This is the only book this year that i finished in 2 sittings ( one of 40 pages and other of the rest number of pages )

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 ..

The book has the perfect tagline : "Have you ever just clicked with some one?"

I know a lot of people on blogging and other social media have. in N possible ways. but falling in love with some one's words , via emails / long messages ?

If you are the kind of person, you sure know why I lived the book.
why is it that you can act yourself , act so freely at times with strangers without knowing you are acting different than usual. How does some one whom you have never met or even know might be lying to you become so important that you want to forget that you have a family.

How can mere words take you away from your reality or become your reality. Words that both excite and calm you , words that make you angry and guilty too, words that make you dream , make you change yourself and create a separate world. "an island away from your mainland life" as Emmi puts it.

"Write to me Emmi. Writing is like Kissing, but without lips. Writing is kissing with the mind."

And the spontaneous , bubbly  Emmi loves to write.
She loves writing to Leo as soon as they begin having a conversation.
Leo loves Emmi's emails. He loves the way she thinks and the way her emails are without any filter. Of course Emmi writes this way and talks this way only with Leo.

Love virtually is an Epistolary Novel that is solely written as emails between Emmi and Leo - from the first wrong one to the last long one.

There is fun , love, friendship , jealousy , possession , wit , intelligence and a sweetness to the emails. The language is casual and yet sophisticated. The dialogues are clever , sensitive and appear genuinely personal as you read them.

I’m thinking of you a lot, in the mornings, in the afternoons, in the evenings, at night, in the periods in-between and just before and after – and also during.

5 goodnight emails , midnight wine session emails , Good morning emails, between the break email, desperate emails , possessive emails - oh god !  I miss some emails now :D

and for those , who wonder if such relationships are possible and how long , I say its all where you put your trust and how long.

All you romance lovers , should read this .
Non romance lovers , please read this.
Word lovers , you will adore this.
Friends and lovers from internet , you will smile at the journey.

Leo : It’s sad, Emmi, we’ve got nothing more to say to each other.Emmi : Maybe we never did.Leo : Well, for two people who’ve got nothing to say to each other, we’ve been chatting away one hell of a lot.

The end might shock you a bit. 
As for me , the wait for the sequel has begun !

This is the German book cover. I later found out the book title means "Against the north wind" And you would understand it only after reading the book. North wind has such a sweet episode in the book between Leo and Emmi

Rating : 5/5 :D


  1. nimue! where to start?! i can totally understand why you loved the book so much; and i am absolutely sure i'll enjoy reading it just as much. i can hardly wait to read it. will u plzzzzz courier it to me? :D

  2. anything for you dear :)
    address email karo !

  3. will definitely be giving it a try

  4. you must. if i cud , i would force some of you to read this.

  5. hahahaha..i'm so glad ur gifting this to me! :D

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  7. oh wow!!! wait, is this about me?? :P

    I know. i know. you all love my words :P

    jokes aide, this looks brilliant. it looks like part 2 of 'One Day' where the girl gets married to someone else. okay, i'm dreaming now.

    Buying this outright.

    And my, isn't this Nimue's longest review?? :D

  8. haha .. and isnt this your longest reply on my post :P

    duh !

    I told u .. u will love the book :)
    read and call me to say thanks :P
    I be waiting for that.

    + more reviews from you and Arpita !

    btw , i cant imagine you writing sensible n sweet emails :P
    fun and witty and idiotic more so !

  9. I bought this book from a library sale last year! I'm definitely going to need to read it!


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