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Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Constantinople, 1453: An orphaned seamstress and a cursed boy with a love for animals risk everything on opposite sides of a city wall to protect the people they love. Idaho, 2020: An impoverished, idealistic kid seeks revenge on a world that’s crumbling around him.

Can he go through with it when a gentle old man stands between him and his plans? Unknown, Sometime in the Future: With her tiny community in peril, Konstance is the last hope for the human race. To find a way forward, she must look to the oldest stories of all for guidance. Bound together by a single ancient text, these tales interweave to form a tapestry of solace and resilience and a celebration of storytelling itself.

Cloud Cuckoo Land is four stories in one, involving three different time periods and genres and one myth.  The book frequently hops between the stories and time periods but with great ease. The writing is beautiful, filled with vivid details and powerful imagery and is masterful in its structure and themes.  Even at 637 pages, Cloud Cuckoo Land seems half that. It is engaging, thoughtfully written, easily read, and yet ambitious.

The individual stories are tinged with sadness, tragedy, and despair but ultimately there is a strong theme of hope running throughout, and one of the stories has an excellent twist. Readers who love a twist will be pleased with one of the stories.

Anthony Doeer is a master of weaving seemingly unconnected stories together, and anyone who liked his previous book ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ will love this new work.  Like it’s predecessor, this new novel is a beautiful tale of hope and profound human connection.

 

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