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.