Monday, June 20, 2022

Brief Book Review - Cloud Cuckoo Land; Anthony Doerr

 

Cloud Cuckoo Land; Anthony Doerr
Combo - Read/ Listen (mostly read)
Scribner and Simon & Schuster Audio - 2021
(audio narrated by Marin Ireland and Simon Jones - very good)

It took me a while to wrap my head around what turned out to be an impressive story. I started with the audio book which is expertly narrated but, I quickly decided this one would work better for me in print because of the concentration required.

This expansive novel is almost like five separate stories about five characters in different centuries.  From medieval Constantinople to modern day Idaho and even on an intergenerational starship on a 592 year journey. Each of the characters, some elderly and some young, becomes fascinated by an ancient Greek manuscript called "Cloud Cuckoo Land" which was believed to have been written by Antonius Diogenes. As the story plays out we also learn more about "Cloud Cuckoo Land." The chapters of this novel are short and the stories that go back and forth between centuries are beautifully written and sometimes a little sad as we read about the struggles and hardships of individuals along the way.  The way everything comes together in the end was not only amazing but, it was incredibly moving as well.  

If you are ready to put in some effort, I think you will be rewarded by this one.

Rating - 4.5/5 stars

NOTE: I was provided a copy of both the eGalley and the audio download from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.

14 comments:

  1. This book has gotten so much good press and praise, but every time I read about it I feel like it isn't one that I will like much. I have no good reason for feeling that way and perhaps I just need to jump in and read it.

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    1. Helen, I think that is why it took me a year to finally jump in. It is a rather amazing book; it boggles my mind the creativity of some people.

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  2. Wow, this book really does cover a lot of time and space. It's intriguing, but I do find the length a little off-putting.

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    1. Once you get going with the print edition it eventually started to feel like a bit of a puzzle,

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  3. Didn't think this would be a book for me until I read "The way everything comes together in the end was not only amazing but, it was incredibly moving as well." Maybe I'll give it a try.

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  4. I'm not sure I'm ready for this one yet. Too many tangents for me in summer. Hmm. I'm impressed you made your way through!

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    1. I was wondering if I would after a somewhat rough start.

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  5. I've been on the fence about whether to read this book. Probably not up to it right now, but I'm you enjoyed it so much.

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    1. It was worth the effort - probably a better book to try in winter when most have more time.

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  6. I'm definitely planning to read this one, but I'll probably wait until winter (maybe even after the holidays) when I can read without distraction. It sounds fabulous, but also one that requires dedication and concentration. I'm glad to hear that it was a rewarding experience!

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  7. The title reminds me a bit of Lego Movie even though the book is completely different. I'm always bit iffy on books that seem too clever but the fact you connected with it so much has me tempted.

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    1. I never saw the LEGO movie but know my grandchildren loved it. It does take some close attention but in the end very rewarding.

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