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The Theory of Clouds (original 2005; edition 2007)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0151014280, Hardcover)
A kira Kumo, miraculous survivor of Hiroshima, reinvented himself as someone twenty years younger. Now an eccentric couturier and collector of all literature having to do with clouds and meteorology, he hires Virginie, a young librarian, to catalog his library. While she works, he tells her stories of those who have devoted their lives to clouds: the Quaker Luke Howard, contemporary of Napoleon and Goethe, who first classified clouds; the painter Carmichael (based on John Constable), who spent a year painting clouds; and the mysterious Abercrombie, a photographer who cataloged clouds around the world. Virginie’s trip to London in search of the suppressed Abercrombie protocol becomes a quest no less wondrous and strange than Kumo’s own. Sensual, hypnotic, and filled with stories both true and fanciful, The Theory of Clouds is a masterful first novel.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:46:04 -0400)
"Akira Kumo miraculously survived the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima, only to reinvent himself as a man twenty years younger. Now an eccentric couturier living in Paris, he has acquired the world's largest collection of literature on clouds and meteorology. Kumo hires Virginie Latour to help him catalog his library. As they work, he tells her the stories of those who have devoted their lives to clouds: the English Quaker Luke Howard, a contemporary of Napoleon and Goethe, who first classified clouds; the painter Carmichael who became obsessed with capturing clouds on canvas; and the wealthy late-nineteenth-century amateur meteorologist Richard Abercrombie, a photographer who aspired to create the definitive catalog of clouds - but only one copy exists, and it has never been seen. Kumo sends Virginie to London to track down the fabled Abercrombie Protocol, a quest both surprising and wondrous, where love, like clouds, forms and transforms lives."--BOOK JACKET.
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