Here’s our next adventure selected from Book Club Reading List. I’m already one-quarter through Crimson Clouds and enjoying it so far.
Robert, a cosmopolitan Frenchman and still attractive in his early sixties, has just retired from a brilliant career at the United Nations. He is at a loss for what to do with his now seemingly endless free time. He has no desire to go back to work as a consultant. Instead, he resurrects an old passion, opting for a new life as an artist. He has always painted, his mother was a painter, and he feels he’s got the technique in hand. However, his beautiful American wife who is twenty years his junior, is appalled. Kay is a lover of Contemporary Art. Childless and full of energy, she has devoted her time to running an art gallery in Chelsea, turning it into a successful business. She cannot abide his paintings; to her they are hopelessly academic. They fight over art and eventually separate. She stays in New York to run her gallery while he goes off to pursue his passion for art in Italy. Robert’s journey takes him back to Paris, and on to Rome and Sicily. Their story explores the intricacies of a marriage between two people of different generations, and how their seemingly common interests have pushed them apart over time. As Robert’s love life gets ever more complicated abroad, and Kay feels increasingly lonely, can Robert use their love of art to win back his wife’s affection?
This is a story of love and lust, of self-denial and hope, and, on a deeper level, of two cultures – American vs. European – clashing within the narrow confines of a couple. It will leave you dreaming about other worlds and questioning the meaning of your own life.
Pick up your copy and read along!