The Cloud Sketcher: A Novel
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 SKETCHERUser Review - Kirkus
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 novelUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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