Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr


Julie’s review;

Anthony Doerr at his finest, a cast of characters you get to know in depth; all their qualities and human flaws are revealed  through their stories which stretch across a range of time frames and settings. A celebration of the power of stories to connect us through time and space with pervading themes of family, love, hope and redemption.

I emerged from this book feeling that I had witnessed the vividly described events, had inhabited these places and met the characters within who had become like old friends, such is the power of Doerr’s storytelling.

Fans of Anthony Doerr’s earlier books will certainly not be disappointed by this epic and wide ranging tale and if you are yet to discover his writing, this is a wonderful place to start!


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Bound together by a single ancient text, the unforgettable characters of Cloud Cuckoo Land are dreamers and outsiders figuring out the world around them: thirteen-year-old Anna and Omeir, an orphaned seamstress and a cursed boy, on opposite sides of the formidable city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour and octogenarian Zeno in an attack on a public library in present-day Idaho; and Konstance, decades from now, who turns to the oldest stories to guide her community in peril.

Doerr has created a tapestry of times and places that reflects our own vast interconnectedness – with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us and those who will be here after we’re gone. Dedicated to ‘the librarians then, now, and in the years to come’, Cloud Cuckoo Land is a beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship – of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.