The Theory of Clouds

The Theory of Clouds

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Houghton
The novel tells the story of Akira Kumo, a retired couturier living in Paris, owner of the world's largest collection of books about clouds, and Virginie Latour, whom Kumo hires to help catalogue his library. While they work he tells her the story behind three figures in particular, all British, all obsessed by clouds: Luke Howard, a real-life Quaker who in 1802 wrote the first treatise classifying clouds (we still use it today); a painter named Carmichael, clearly based on John Constable, one of the most famous cloud painters of all time, and a fictional amateur meteorologist named Richard Abercrombie, who aspires to write the definitive book on cloud description, which would come to be known in cloud circles as the Abercrombie Protocol. Kumo sends Virginie Latour to London to buy the Protocol. By the end of the novel, we learn the Protocol's great secret; we understand what binds these men together; and and we learn that Kumo himself is a survivor of the Hiroshima blast, in whose cloud his family vanished.

**DEBUT FICTION**

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.



Baker & Taylor
A survivor of Hiroshima, Akira Kumo has reinvented himself as someone two decades younger and has become an ardent collector of all literature dealing with clouds, narrating the stories to Virginie, the young librarian he has hired to catalog his collection.

Harcourt Publishing
The novel tells the story of Akira Kumo, a retired couturier living in Paris, owner of the world's largest collection of books about clouds, and Virginie Latour, whom Kumo hires to help catalogue his library. While they work he tells her the story behind three figures in particular, all British, all obsessed by clouds: Luke Howard, a real-life Quaker who in 1802 wrote the first treatise classifying clouds (we still use it today); a painter named Carmichael, clearly based on John Constable, one of the most famous cloud painters of all time, and a fictional amateur meteorologist named Richard Abercrombie, who aspires to write the definitive book on cloud description, which would come to be known in cloud circles as the Abercrombie Protocol. Kumo sends Virginie Latour to London to buy the Protocol. By the end of the novel, we learn the Protocol's great secret; we understand what binds these men together; and and we learn that Kumo himself is a survivor of the Hiroshima blast, in whose cloud his family vanished.

**DEBUT FICTION** 

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.



Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

A survivor of Hiroshima, Akira Kumo has reinvented himself as someone two decades younger and has become an eccentric couturier and ardent collector of all literature dealing with clouds and meteorology, narrating the stories of those who have devoted their lives to the study of clouds to Virginie, the young librarian he has hired to catalog his collection. A first novel.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780151014286
0151014280
Branch Call Number: FICTION AUDEGUY
Characteristics: 266 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bent, Timothy

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