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Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe

Love Virtually/Every Seventh Wave

Love Virtually/Every Seventh Wave: David Glattauer, David Tennant & Emilia Fox, September 9, 2014.
My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

LoveVituallyIn a first for this blog after more than 100 books, and the first time for me in some 13 years, we venture into the world of audio books. I tend to avoid them; as well as missing the feel of pages in your hands, I find it much harder to concentrate on an audio book compared to concentrating on a “real” book.

Not in this case.

Love Virtually and its sequel Every Seventh Wave originated as Geman novels by Austrian journalist David Glattauer, translated into English novels and subsequently adapted into radio plays for the BBC, performed by David Tennant and Emilia Fox.

The concept is simple: Emmi (Fox) emails Leo (Tennant) by accident when attempting to cancel a magazine subscription. From their chance stumble into each other’s inbox, they begin to correspond with increasing frequency and affection until they become truly infatuated.

The play and, as I understand, the book is constructed solely of the long email exchange between the pair. Like the characters themselves, we have no further insight or part in their lives besides what they choose to share. This gives us not only a shared viewpoint with the pair, but also a taste of the intensity of the relationship.

The story is, quite simply, beautiful. It’s written with passion and wit, and you can’t help but feel for both Emmi and Leo, and to root for them. Tennant and Fox deliver stunning performances and nail the entire rainbow of emotions.

The conclusion of Love Virtually is astounding, and an immediate reach for Every Seventh Wave is irresistible.

I highly recommend this as one of the most beautiful, well-written love stories of the 21st century and especially the version performed by two exceptional actors.


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