Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land

4 star

Total 252 Ratings

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr Book Summary

Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award and the instant New York Times bestseller!

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time, comes the highly anticipated Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr’s gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope—and a book. In Cloud Cuckoo Land, Doerr has created a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness—with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us, and with those who will be here after we’re gone.

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.

Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of gravest danger. Their lives are gloriously intertwined. Doerr’s dazzling imagination transports us to worlds so dramatic and immersive that we forget, for a time, our own. 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.

Cloud Cuckoo Land (Anthony Doerr) Book Reviews

The best book I have read in yearsA line from Billy Collins’ poem, “Marginalia”, frequently comes to mind when I read ancient literary works. Referring to medieval Irish monks in a scriptorium, Collins describes them as, “anonymous men catching a ride into the future on a vessel more lasting than themselves.” I have always loved knowing that anonymous people throughout the ages have contributed so much to enrich our lives. Anthony Doerr tells their stories beautifully . The randomness of his characters and their experiences, which ultimately blend into a unified whole, is a testament to the transcendence of literature. Doerr is establishing himself as a master artist and craftsman..Score: 5/5

DisappointingThis book was incredibly difficult to follow. I too was intrigued by the initial reviews. However, I could not figure out the characters nor the storyline. Very disappointing..Score: 1/5

Wow!I didn’t want it to end. Read it..Score: 5/5

Ignore that other negative review please...I read that other review and questioned whether I should read this book. Was it too lofty for the common reader to enjoy and take something away from it? Honestly, I'm personally concinced that other reader was impatient, gave up, and completely missed the point. The magnitude of the characters and their stories is intentional and a plot device that is necessary for this epic to make sense. Without their individual tales-- it would not weave itself together with the greater reason and point of this story. Give this book the time it needs to delve within all of their tales and you'll find that the Ancient text of a "dull-witted mutton-headed lamebrain" is the spine that interweaves each of the main 5 stories together that truly is timeless. If you want something that's 'light'-- this may not be for you right now. There is something within each of the 5 stories for everyone, but if you don't accept that because 'the pace didn't pick up': go read a thriller or romance, the weight of this book will be wasted if you're impatient. Come back to this when you want to commit to the journey..Score: 5/5

Cuckoo is rightI enjoy everything from simple romance, mystery & thrillers on up to some of the great literary works. I try to judge them based on what genre they are in. This was horrible to me. The quick preview piqued my interest when i listened to it and sadly it was all down hill from there after i bought it. Incredibly difficult to follow along with the rapid changes of characters & time. I could never really develop any kinship with anyone and had difficult even remembering the characters beyond 1 or two of them as they switched around. By the end i was left thinking ……. What was the freaking point of this? The books title is exactly what it is……. Weird and not in the good clock work orange weird way but in a meaningless devoid of character development and waste of time way..Score: 1/5

Free International Money Transfer 💸Enjoy high maximum transfers into more than 20 currencies while saving up to 90% over local banks! The cheap, fast way to send money abroad. Free transfer up to 500 USD!AdvertorialScore: 5/5

Payoneer 💰Payoneer is an online payment platform that lets you transfer money from any corner of the world! A best and must have payment service for every blogger, traveler, freelancer, affiliate marketer, consultant, virtual assistant, business person, online sellers, and receivers. Earn $25 for free by joining Payoneer. Sign Up Now!AdvertorialScore: 5/5

Performanece Lab 🎯Performance Lab ® CORE Formulas support all aspects of human performance, across all walks of life. Boosts work performance and productivity with nootropics for focus, multitasking under stress, creative problem-solving and more. Buy Now!AdvertorialScore: 5/5

Anthony Doerr - Cloud Cuckoo Land Comments

What do you think about Cloud Cuckoo Land: Anthony Doerr book? Ask the community a question about Cloud Cuckoo Land!

Please wait! Cloud Cuckoo Land book comments loading...

Cloud Cuckoo Land E-Book Download

Cloud Cuckoo Land ebook download link will be update!

Anthony Doerr Popular Books
The Shell Collector
The Shell CollectorAnthony Doerr4/5$14.99

The "perilously beautiful" (Boston Globe) first story collection by the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 New York Times bestseller Al...

Memory Wall
Memory WallAnthony Doerr4/5$14.99

In the wise and beautiful second collection from the acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author of All the Light We Cannot See

About Grace
About GraceAnthony Doerr3.5/5$14.99

The first novel by Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 N...

Four Seasons in Rome
Four Seasons in RomeAnthony Doerr4/5$11.99

From the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 New York Times bestseller All the Light We Cannot See and Cloud Cuckoo Land, a "dazzlin...

All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot SeeAnthony Doerr4.5/5$13.99

*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize* A New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book* A National Book Award Finalist*From Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, m...

Cloud Cuckoo Land
Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthony Doerr4/5$14.99

Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award and the instant New York Times bestseller! From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the L...

Cloud Cuckoo Land Similar Books
Great Expectations
Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens4/5$0.99

Great Expectations is Charles Dickens’s beloved, autobiographical tale of a poor boy haunted by a dark secret and harboring grand hopes for his future as a gentl...

Les Misérables
Les MisérablesVictor Hugo4/5Free

Jean Valjean spent nineteen years in prison — five for stealing bread, fourteen for trying to escape. Valjean tries to make a new life for himself, but he cannot escape...

The Help
The HelpKathryn Stockett4.5/5$11.99

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film—a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones ...

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their AccentsJulia Alvarez3.5/5$9.99

"Poignant . . . Powerful . . . Beautifully captures the threshold experience of the new immigrant, where the past is not yet a memory." —The New York Times B...

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the TrainPaula Hawkins4.5/5$12.99

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. 

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and JulietWilliam Shakespeare4/5Free

"Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil h...

Free Literary Popular Books
Jane Eyre e-book
Jane EyreCharlotte Brontë15 October 1847Free

An Apple Books Classic edition. Charlotte Brontë’s classic is like three novels in one. Above all, it’s a haunting Gothic tale set in an ancient ...

Wuthering Heights e-book
Wuthering HeightsEmily Brontë25 February 2011Free

Outside the strange and bleak manor Wuthering Heights, overlooking the Yorkshire moors, the ghost of a young woman stands at the window, wanting to be...

狂人日记 e-book
狂人日记鲁迅04 July 2014Free


The Beautiful and Damned e-book
The Beautiful and DamnedF. Scott Fitzgerald21 December 1940Free

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s second novel, published in 1922, examines how decadence and nostalgia affect the marriage between Anthony and Gloria Patch dur...

A Teacher's Guide to The Alchemist e-book
A Teacher's Guide to The AlchemistPaulo Coelho & Amy Jurskis24 June 2014Free

For teachers We know that the Common Core State Standards are encouraging you to reevaluate the books that you assign to your students. To help you de...

The Irish Cottage: Finding Elizabeth e-book
The Irish Cottage: Finding ElizabethJuliet Gauvin17 October 2015Free

A story about losing your way and finding your life. Book 1 of 3. Elizabeth Lara built a perfect life as San Francisco’s top divorce attorney, but w...

Cloud Cuckoo Land Synopsis

Book Name:
Cloud Cuckoo Land
Book Language:
Book Category:
Books, Fiction & Literature, Historical
Book Size:
7711058 bytes.
Book ID:
Book Release Date:
Do you love Cloud Cuckoo Land book? Please share!
Amazon Kindle
You were invited to try Coinbase!Coinbase is the world's most trusted place to buy and sell cryptocurrency. Open an account today, and if you buy or sell $100 or more of crypto, you'll receive $10 worth of free Bitcoin!