The Cloud Sketcher

The Cloud Sketcher : A Novel

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In a tiny village in Finland, Esko Vaananen is at the brink of despair -- he loves a woman he can never have. Suddenly, in the magical light of the aurora borealis, he has a vision of an impossibly tall building rising gracefully from the frozen lake and disappearing into the clouds above him. This pilvenpiirtaja -- "cloud sketcher" or skyscraper -- sparks a lifelong quest for beauty in Esko. He will pursue and protect these two passions -- his vision and his love -- no matter how great the cost, for the rest of his life. It is a journey that leads him into the Bolshevik revolution and the Jazz Age nightclubs of New York City and to strike a Faustian bargain with a ruthless gangster -- all in the pursuit of artistic perfection and impossible, unattainable love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 412 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • New York, NY, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060956135
  • 9780060956134
  • 818,036

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?A book that shines as a consequence of an accomplished writer?s deeply felt (and understood) moral and spiritual energy.?Robert Hass (author of Lives of Moral Leadership)
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About Richard Rayner

Born in England, Richard Rayner now lives in Los Angeles. His previous books include the memoir The Blue Suit and the novels The Cloud Sketcher, L.A. Without a Map, and Murder Book. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and many other publications.
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