Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Review)

Format: Hardback/Audiobook

Source: Library/Scribd*

Publisher: 4th Estate

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Publication Date: 28th September 2021

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are trying to figure out the world around them: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for an exoplanet, decades from now. Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.

An ancient text—the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky—provides solace and mystery to these unforgettable characters. Doerr has created a tapestry of times and places that reflects our 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 hauntingly beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship—of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.””

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My Thoughts

After reading the description I couldn’t wait to pick it up, but have to admit I was a little apprehensive as I had heard mixed thoughts on it, but I am glad to say I absolutely loved it!!

As many of you know by now I’m not always a fan of multiple storylines and timelines but I loved this book!! Each was beautifully written and it was amazing how all the separate storyline were so cleverly weaved together. At first it was a little confusing but when things started to connect together everything makes sense.

Before I picked Cloud Cuckoo Land up many said that this book was way too long. Yes, the book is over 600 pages but honestly I had no trouble flying through it.

There are five main characters to follow and although they all have their own storylines I really liked them all. I found them very interesting and loved learning about them and their history through the book. It was very difficult not to get drawn into their story and feel for them in many ways you couldn’t even imagine.

While reading this book I did alternate between reading the book physically and listening to the audiobook and I’m glad I did as I loved the audiobook. The narrators Marin Ireland and Simon Jones did a fantastic job in narrating the book they really managed to capture the characters well and brought the story to life.

Honestly, this review does this book no justice, but just in case you didn’t work it out yet, I absolutely loved this book. It was thought provoking and fun and I couldn’t get enough of it. I just didn’t want it to end. Can’t wait to see what Anthony Doerr has to offer next!!

Highly recommend!!!

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

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Happy Reading!!!

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  1. Lovely review Mani, I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I loved All The Light We Cannot See so much but Cloud Cuckoo Land sounded very different and I wasn’t sure about giving it a try. I’ll definitely be adding it to my list now though! 📚❤️ X x x

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