Cloud Cuckoo Land

Cloud Cuckoo Land

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Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. This she reads to her ailing sister as the walls of the only place she has known are bombarded in the great siege of Constantinople. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, miles from home, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the invading army. His path and Anna’s will cross.

Five hundred years later, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno, who learned Greek as a prisoner of war, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege. 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. She has never set foot on our planet.

Title:Cloud Cuckoo Land
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982168438
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    Cloud Cuckoo Land Reviews

  • Yun

    So many words! It would take seven lifetimes to learn them all. Have mercy! That's how I felt reading this monstrosity of a book. So many descriptions... it would take seven lifetimes to read them ...

  • Angela M

    3.5 stars rounded up. All the Light We Cannot See is a favorite of mine, so even though I wasn’t sure if this one was going to be for me, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read this new novel ...

  • Lisa of Troy

    I would like to dedicate this book review to myself (That was a little bit of book humor for those who read the book) :)Cloud Cuckoo Land shifts between five characters: Konstance, Zeno, Seymour, Anna...

  • jessica

    its been 7 years since ADs massive success, ‘all the light we cannot see,’ so i was immensely interested in seeing how this next novel would follow up to that kind of pressure and expectation.whil...

  • Cheri

    I love that Doerr dedicated this to “the librarians then, now, and in the years to come.” Set in three distinct time frames, the past - 1453, the present, and decades in the future, this follows t...

  • Petrik

    ARC provided by Goodreads & the publisher—Scribner—in exchange for an honest review.3.5/5 starsCloud Cuckoo Land is more ambitious and complex than All the Light We Cannot See in every possible wa...

  • Will Byrnes

    Sometimes the things we think are lost are only hidden, waiting to be rediscovered. Anthony Doerr has written a masterpiece of a tale, connecting five characters, over hundreds of years through the...

  • Tina

    This is a Historical Fiction/Science Fiction/Fantasy. I have to say I did not know if this would be mine kind of book because fantasy/science fiction is hit or miss for me, but I loved this author's o...

  • Jaidee

    4 " a more measured admiration and affection" stars !! Thanks to Netgalley, the author and Simon & Schuster Canada for an advanced e-copy. This will be released September 2021. I am providing an hones...

  • Jasmine

    This book is everything a reader could ask for. This beautifully written book shows how broken the world is and the damage we continue to inflict upon it, but it also is a shining example of hope.This...