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Gut gegen Nordwind by Daniel Glattauer
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Gut gegen Nordwind (original 2006; edition 2008)

by Daniel Glattauer

Series: Emmi/Leo (1)

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Title:Gut gegen Nordwind
Authors:Daniel Glattauer
Info:Goldmann (2008), Ausgabe: 16. Aufl., Taschenbuch, 224 Seiten
Collections:Read but unowned
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Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer (2006)

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Me han sorprendido mucho las malas críticas que he leído de Contra el vieto del norte. ¡Tantos libros peores han sido elevados a los altares! Suelo ser yo la que valoro negativamente libros que la gente adora, y me encuentro en una situacion prácticamente nueva para mí: defender uno que ha dejado fría a tanta gente.

El libro de Glattauer tiene algunos defectos, pero en general, es una historia muy bonita y sobre todo, muy realista. No podía acabar de otra forma, tanto por la relación que describe como por el carácter de los personajes. Creo que eso es lo que más me ha gustado, y lo que me hace ser un poco reticente con respecto a la segunda parte. Me preocupa por dónde pueda salir el autor para continuar una historia que estaba bien cerrada. La mejor vía que, en mi opinión, podía ser explotada, está desechada por la decisión del autor de no jugar con la baza del anonimato que ofrece Internet. A pesar de ello lo leeré.

Con respecto a sus defectos, diré que lo peor para mí ha sido el increíble lenguaje que emplean ambos personajes para relacionarse por mail. Totalmente inverosímil, creo que ha sido la razón por la que no he conectado con ellos hasta que no me he ido acostumbrando a lo que otros llaman pedantería (yo creo que simplemente es una mala adecuación al medio escogido para relacionarse entre ellos). Frases demasiado elaboradas, mails demasiado largos en general. Por otra parte, el comienzo de su relación también me ha parecido cogido por los pelos. Existen mil formas de que dos personas conecten a través de internet sin estar ninguno de los dos buscando una relación especial, sin tener que mediar ningún tipo de casualidad divina, como parece ser el caso.

Por último, veo que el autor se ha limitado a trasladar el género epistolar a nuestros días, sin plantearse jugar con las posibilidades que ofrece internet. Hernán Casciari creó uno de sus mejores capítulos para Más respeto que soy tu madre utilizando una conversación de messenger en Nacho aparece como desconectado (aprovecho para volver a recomendar este libro, por supuesto). Hay que tener en cuenta que Casciari comenzó su obra como un weblog por capítulos. Pero ahí se descubre quién de los dos conoce el medio que traslada al papel, quién lo sabe aprovechar. Y no es Glattauer.
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  L0r0 | Mar 22, 2015 |
This review and others posted over at my blog

From the back of the book: 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, 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?

I randomly requested this book from my swap site, Paperback Swap, and months later someone on Instagram recommended it to me. I actually forgot I owned this book (can you believe it) and was just recently asked again by the same IG user if I'd read it yet. When I thought about it, the title sounded familiar, and sure enough, it was sitting neglected on my shelf! I'm glad I picked up this book - it was a quick read and very engrossing.

Leo and Emmi are childish, stubborn, hypocritical and fantastically imperfect - they felt so real! Their correspondence started on accident and continued due to mutual curiosity, then deepened into something semi-inappropriate, due to Emmi's marriage. Emmi constantly mentions her happy marriage, yet expects Leo to dote on her. They will rapidly send one sentence emails to each other seconds after the latest response, then ignore each other for days. The whole situation felt very human and it posed a question (at least for me) about what is really considered cheating. Emmi and Leo plot ways to try to meet, though they always shy away - Emmi constantly talks about her marriage, but also seems to think of Leo daily. It's a mental relationship, but could it be harmful to her marriage? Glattauer made me feel for these characters - sometimes I was thinking about how frustrating they both were, other times I could really appreciate the connection they seemed to have. I was also desperate for them to meet, and yet, as Leo pointed out, it would completely change their relationship.
The ending of this book is FANTASTIC. I was shocked and couldn't be happier! I will say however, that years later Glattauer put out a sequel, Every Seventh Wave and right after I finished this I went on Amazon to read the synopsis and a couple of reviews. I wish I hadn't. Even just reading the plot of the second book ruined the magic of the first ending - I understand why he put out a sequel, but I think this first book would be stronger if left alone. From what other customer says, the second book isn't as strong as the first, and though it has good reviews, I won't be reading it. I enjoy where this book ended, and nothing against Glattauer's writing at all, I just want things to stay where they left off.

This book is short and well worth your time if you're looking for something contemporary. ( )
  MillieHennessy | Aug 17, 2014 |
Amazing book I have must say! Initially when I first laid hands on this book it was purely for its attractive cover and later for its summary but once I started reading it I just could not put it down even though I had so many half-read-books :P in hand. The concept and the writing format of this book is so original and matured that I was consumed by it till I finished. After having read so many love stories I can still say that ‘Love Virtually’ was a real different one. The email exchange between the two protagonist Emmi and Leo was witty, child like as well as very matured and sensible… having shared all most all what they feel in their respective emails they knew where to draw a line before it goes out of hand… I just can’t wait to read its sequel :) ( )
  Versha.Bharat | Jul 12, 2013 |
Wow! First book of 2013 and what a great piece of writing it is - brilliant!
  sally906 | Apr 3, 2013 |
Dos personas, que se ponen en contacto cuando una de ella manda un mensaje electrónico a otra por error, logran desarrollar una relación que se convierte en amorosa después de algún tiempo. Los personajes van mostrando diferentes aspectos de su personalidad durante el intercambio de mensajes, y van narrando aspectos de su vida no virtual. Es una novela ligera, con humor y que tiene continuación. ( )
  alalba | Sep 13, 2012 |
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Ich kann heute nicht schlafen. Habe ich Ihnen eigentlich schon einmal vom Nordwind erzählt? Ich vertrage keinen Nordwind, wenn mein Fenster offen ist.
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'Write to me, Emmi. Writing is like kissing, but without lips. Writing is kissing with the mind.' 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 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? Love Virtually is a funny, fast-paced and utterly absorbing novel, with plenty of twists and turns, about a love affair conducted entirely by email.… (more)

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