Every Day, Every Hour by Natasa Dragnic

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8 Critic Reviews

it is quite difficult for the reader to really enter into the world of Luka and Dora and feel part of the story: the reader remains an observer.
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Synopsis

An exquisitely romantic debut novel that captures the longing of lost—and sometimes found—love

It is the mid-1960s in a small seaside town in Croatia. Two children, Luka and Dora, meet on their first day of kindergarten. Luka faints the first time he sees Dora and she wakes him with a kiss. The two become inseparable. Over the next few years, they wander the shores of their town, lying on their special rock by the sea as Luka paints—until Dora’s parents move to Paris. Bereft, Luka becomes a solitary young man, prey to the needs of his family, but a promising painter. In Paris, Dora blossoms and becomes a successful actress.

When Luka comes to Paris for a show of his paintings, a chance encounter brings them together. Now adults, they fall back in love, and their feelings are given resonance by a shared adoration of Pablo Neruda. Timing and fate, however, seem determined to keep them apart. Like The Solitude of Prime Numbers and One Day, Nataša Dragnic’s Every Day, Every Hour is a haunting tale of star-crossed love that will utterly entrance readers with the rhythmic beauty of its language and ineffable air of expectation and heartache.

 

About Natasa Dragnic

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NATAŠA DRAGNIĆ was born in Split, Croatia. After studying German, English, and French, she attended the Croatian School of Diplomacy. She currently lives in Erlangen, Germany. This is her first novel.LIESL SCHILLINGER is a New York–based journalist and literary critic who writes regularly for The New York Times Book Review. She was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker.
 
Published May 24, 2012 by Viking. 269 pages
Genres: Romance, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 15 2012

Dragnic avoids mawkishness by keeping her focus on the ache of love and on the difficulties of its fulfillment.

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The Bookbag

Excellent

The story is undoubtedly a tragic one, with the couple only coming out of it a smidge better off than Romeo and Juliet. You can lose yourself in the action quite easily

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We Love This Book

Below average

it is quite difficult for the reader to really enter into the world of Luka and Dora and feel part of the story: the reader remains an observer.

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Red Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Victoria Cooper on Jun 14 2012

This version of the ageless human condition is set in modern times but has lost none of the depth and intensity of feeling. Dragnic’s prose is energetic and sparkling and carries you swiftly through a roller-coaster of emotions.

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Book Oxygen

Below average

Every Day, Every Hour is a love story which largely ignores the political and military situation of the period in which it is set.

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Rhapsody in Books

Below average
Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on Jun 04 2012

I didn’t feel a comfort and ease in the dialogue between the two principals, nor did I sense any “chemistry”.

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Giraffe Days

Below average
Aug 29 2012

Dragnić employs an overly-stylised, extreme-omniscient narrative style, heavy on telling us everything without leaving us with anything to do. Being relegated to a passive audience rather than an active reader creates a great deal of distance

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Crazytown Books

Below average
Jul 12 2012

The language was perplexing at times. Fragment sentences were scattered throughout. The lack of verb or clear object made them difficult to understand.

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