Every seventh wave by Daniel Glattauer


‘How will this go on, Leo? The same as before? But where will it go? Nowhere, just on. You live your life, I live mine. And the rest we’ll live together.’ Love Virtually ends as Leo leaves Germany for America. He and Emmi have still not met, but the intensity of their correspondence has been threatening Emmi’s marriage. But shouldn’t these unconventional lovers be given another chance? When Leo returns from Boston and gradually resumes his e-mail contact with Emmi. But he has plans to settle down with Pamela, the woman he met in America. Emmi and Leo meet at last in person, in an attempt to draw a line under their relationship, but they cannot stop writing to each other. When Pamela learns of Leo’s secret and unusual liaison, she returns to the USA, and Emmi’s marriage to Bernhard is tested to its limits…

In a nutshell:

I liked it:  x  Yes       No

For people who like: epistolary novels, e-mail romance, who think that life on the net is real and not just fluff, who have read “Love Virtually” and liked it.  

My thoughts: 

After reading “Love Virtually” this was a must read.  The story continues exactly where it stopped in the previous book, so it was easy to get into it again. Leo now has a (long distance) girlfriend, which complicates matters.

I did not like this one as much as I did the first book. Somehow I felt the conversations were always going in circles. “I want to meet you”. “Why? What do you expect from it?” “Nothing specific.” “I don’t think that’s a good idea.” – Some time later it would be exactly the same, just that this time the other would be the one suggesting a meeting. Often the conversations consisted of one or two word mails (realistic, but not very entertaining to outsiders) and again I wondered why those two didn’t instant message instead.

The title of the book becomes self explanatory once you come across that phrase in the book. At the same time at that moment the female reader once more realizes that men are oblivious to everything unless it’s spelled out to them in very large letters. Emmi gives him such an obvious hint about a possible future but Leo just totally ignores it. You just had to shake your head!

As for the title, at first I thought the English title was slightly changed, but once I read the book I realized it was translated 100% after all. “Alle sieben Wellen” means either “All seven waves” or “Every seventh wave” where the first would be the more common one without further context. However, in the story it becomes obvious that it is the latter.

The ending is rather rushed and could have been done a tiny bit slower for my taste. I read this book within one evening, it definitely is a good, quick and interesting read, but it somehow doesn’t live up to its prequel.

Product info and buy link :

Title Every seventh wave
Author Daniel Glattauer
Publisher Maclehose Press
ISBN 978-1906694982
Buy link Amazon.com page (published in May 2012) for Every Seventh Wave


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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