-"This book shows an impressive knowledge of artand art history, as well as technique...it gives a sense of place and time to thestory... I really enjoyed the descriptions of the cities and the art."
Highlights from Reader's Favorite, reviews concern the current edition:
- "Honest, profound and emotional, Crimson Clouds will have you question the meaning of your own life" (Bil Howard)
- "The scenes unfold vividly in front of you, full of color and life, like a painting" (Mamta Madhavan)
- "a must-read novel, enabling the reader to have a deeper understanding of the thoughts and feelings of each character" (Faridah Nassozi)
Highlights from Goodreads, when the first edition ("A Hook in the Sky") was selected Book of the Month by the Boomer Lit Group (January 2013):
- "no dearth of twists and turns in this book... You find yourself holding your breath, quite literally!" (Jo VonBargen);
- "beautifully original and yet heartbreaking" (Lisa Deckert);
- "it bounces between greed and self-denial, between lust and love" (Stephen Woodfin);
From the Author
What was implicit in theoriginal is now fully in the open. In contrast to the first edition thatreflected only Robert's point of view, we now have Kay with all her emotions andopinions. As a result, the book resonateswith the complexities and wistfulness of mature passion and is focusedon romance the second time around. The title was changed to reflect this newdimension.
Wondering about the newtitle? It is drawn from one of Robert's "mental doodles". A doodle is not somuch a poem as a stream-of-consciousness piece, the sort of stuff one writeswhen all rational self-control barriers are removed. This form of writing wasfashionable in the 1930s among French intellectuals and artists, includingPicasso. Here's the doodle Robert sent to his wife, a few lines that got herwondering what he really meant by the term 'crimson clouds':
Crimsonclouds like round bellies
Rollin the sky on the way to oblivion
Lipson a crystal glass are gone
Thememory of a lost love