The Cloud Sketcher: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Mar 19, 2002 - Fiction - 432 pages

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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THE CLOUD SKETCHER

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An atmospheric, if ultimately overwrought, story of love and architecture in war-torn Finland and 1920s New York.Esko Vaananen meets his true love, Katerina Malysheva, in 1901, when he is just 11. Her ... Read full review

The cloud sketcher: a novel

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Taking the iconic images of the 1920s and 1930sDgangsters, Prohibition, the DepressionDand further enlivening the text with architects, rebels, and a beautiful woman, Rayner has written a sort of ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
33
Section 4
41
Section 5
55
Section 6
65
Section 7
72
Section 8
79
Section 20
255
Section 21
263
Section 22
287
Section 23
307
Section 24
313
Section 25
320
Section 26
328
Section 27
342

Section 9
83
Section 10
92
Section 11
101
Section 12
115
Section 13
162
Section 14
168
Section 15
175
Section 16
221
Section 17
236
Section 18
243
Section 19
250
Section 28
349
Section 29
359
Section 30
364
Section 31
376
Section 32
396
Section 33
400
Section 34
405
Section 35
409
Section 36
413
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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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