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.
My reading experience:
Firstly I would like to thank Netgalley, the author and publisher for my ARC.
This story is actually an experience in time travel, a rich golden thread that links three stories in different times to one belief.
Not a book to be rushed, the stories of Anna and Omeir in the mid fifteenth century, Seymour and Zeno in the early 21st century, and Konstance several decades in the future, are told to us in the format of their time starting with a very old tome.
I highly recommend Doerr’s most recent book, with a pot of tea and a lots and lots of time to while away …