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Cloud Cuckoo Land
Cloud Cuckoo Land
Author: Anthony Doerr
In the 15th century, an orphan named Anna lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople. She learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds what might be the last copy of a centuries-old book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian par...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780008478650
ISBN-10: 0008478651
Publication Date: 9/29/2021
Pages: 640
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.

2.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: 4th Estate GB
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 71
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njmom3 avatar reviewed Cloud Cuckoo Land on + 1361 more book reviews
From Constantinople to Idaho to an interstellar spaceship, Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr traverses time and space. In many ways, this book reminds me of David Mitchell's works - a cast of characters across time and place but with the same themes recurring throughout and a circular approach leaving a cohesive singular message. For the survival of children, for the survival of books, for a lover letter to the power of stories and those who protect them, this will remain a memorable book for me.

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eadieburke avatar reviewed Cloud Cuckoo Land on + 1610 more book reviews
Cloud Cuckoo Land is a masterpiece of a book about a book called Aethon's story. The setting is Constantinople in the 15th century with 13 year-old Anna who is an orphan. In a small town in present-day Idaho, Zeno, an octogenarian rehearses 5 children in a play adaptation of Aethon's story. And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father. Cloud Cuckoo Land is a beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart. This book switches between these 3 time zones and can get confusing if you don't pay attention to the story. It's a book that you will either love it to be longer or hate it and wish it was shorter. If you love different kinds of genre then I believe you will love this book as I find it to be a mixture of all genres. It definitely will go down in book history as a book you should read before you die!