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Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel by [Anthony Doerr]

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Cloud Cuckoo Land

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Anthony Doerr and CLOUD CUCKOO LAND


New York Times Notable Book, Barack Obama favorite, and selected as a Best Book of the Year by Time, Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, Goodreads Choice Awards, BookPage, Library Journal, Minneapolis Star-TribuneSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oprah Daily, Cosmopolitan,, Publishers Lunch, Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon,, Polygon, Tattered Cover, Toronto Star, Chicago Public Library, Erie Reader, Fresh Air, Globe & Mail, KUER RadioWest, Parade, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Columbus Dispatch, Broomfield Enterprise, and Distractify!

“Readers will come away from it with a greater appreciation for those invisible qualities that have bound human life across the ages—the love of a good story and the joy of returning home.”
—Samantha Spengler, Wired

“There’s no book like 
Cloud Cuckoo Land... As with all of Doerr’s books, the characters [in Cloud Cuckoo Land] are beautifully described, the story is mesmerizing, and the carefully-crafted tapestry of themes pulls characters and time periods together into an incandescent whole—tempting the reader to start over as soon as the book is finished.”
—Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Forbes

“Simply put, 
Cloud Cuckoo Land had me spellbound. Doerr has created a treasure chest of stories.”
—Barbara Lloyd McMichael, OurCoast

“Beautiful and enthralling, a masterpiece . . . . If you love books, you’ll love this book.”
—Rebecca Bennett, Austin American-Statesman

“This novel is fearless and boundless in its ambition. It's like Homer meets Borges aboard Noah's Ark.”
—Arturo Serrano, Nerds of a Feather

“A deft and intricately woven tale [and] one of the most memorable books of the year.”
—Ron Sylvester, Spokane Spokesman-Review

"Not just the best book of the year (or most years), the novel is also a great read. Doerr works literary magic to tell three cleverly entwined stories set centuries apart, celebrating children, and the natural world, and always, especially, libraries. We'll be talking about this one for a long time."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Realism may be the dominant American literary mode, but leave it to Anthony Doerr to push us out of our comfort zone. His passion for myth and fable lights up this panoramic epic, as an ancient manuscript braids three disparate strands: the 1453 siege of Constantinople, present-day Idaho, and a 22nd-century starship careening away from a poisoned Earth. Doerr's prose casts a spell; his world-building is both defiant and tender, a virtuosic meditation on the alchemy of books. Come for the magician's tricks, stay for the exquisite storytelling."
—Hamilton Cain, Star Tribune

Cloud Cuckoo Land is a soul-piercing masterpiece that examines what it means to be human with profound empathy."
Winnipeg Free Press

“It feels wonderful . . . to spend a few days losing oneself in an exquisitely built book.”
—Eve Andrews, Grist 

“Another masterful novel from Anthony Doerr.”
—Dean Poling, Valdosta Daily Times 

“Divinely inspired storytelling.”
—Melony Carey, Muskogee Phoenix 

“Anthony Doerr is not just a master of storytelling. He is, arguably, a magician. . . . There's no need to dream of a beautiful land, up above the clouds, to escape 2021 for a few hours. Anthony Doerr's magic, captured in the pages of this thrilling, lovely, deeply satisfying book, will take you there.”
—Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

“Of all our contemporary fiction writers, Anthony Doerr is the one whose novels seem to be the purest response to the primal request: 
tell me a story. . . . [Cloud Cuckoo Land] transports us far above the stars, and down into the mud. It dazzles, and disturbs. And I for one wanted Doerr’s vast and overwhelming story to last much, much longer.”
—Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air  

Cloud Cuckoo Land, [Doerr] writes a marvel of a story himself, filled with gorgeous language and distinctive characters. He sweeps readers in and gives us the enveloping experience of living in another world. . . . [A] great novel.” —Maureen Corrigan, Wall Street Journal 

“Sprawling and ambitious and imaginative. . . .  [Doerr] is a writer with the rare ability to achieve the universal and the specific simultaneously. His stories, both vast and intimate, are dazzling, sometimes dizzying in their scope. . . . [
Cloud Cuckoo Land] is unlike anything you’ve ever read.”
—Samantha Schoech, San Francisco Chronicle  

“The greatest joy in [
Cloud Cuckoo Land] comes from watching the pieces snap into place. It is an epic of the quietest kind, whispering across 600 years in a voice no louder than a librarian's.”
—Jason Sheehan,  

“A seamless tapestry . . . . Ultimately, Doerr seeks to remind us of the many ways we are tied to the natural world.”
—Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times 

“A trip well worth taking with the inimitable Doerr.”
—Rob Merrill, Associated Press 

“Packed with lush details and a gripping narrative.”
—Keziah Weir, Vanity Fair 

Cloud Cuckoo Land is bound to leave as indelible a mark on readers as All the Light We Cannot See.”
—Alessia Santoro, PopSugar  

“Doerr’s creation lifts off quickly, soars, and then, like the various wildfowl wheeling through the story, lands with practiced finesse. . . . Fueled by deep imagination and insistent compassion, Doerr weaves together his storylines with brisk pacing that never feels rushed.” 
—Erin Douglass, Christian Science Monitor 

“The novel is a celebration of the way in which books enable us to connect with the past – and a warning about how fragile their survival has always been in a world in which those in power pursue war or harm the environment.”
The Daily Express 

“This engagingly written, big-hearted book is a must-read – immersive popular fiction that breaks boundaries and makes you look at the world a bit differently.”
The Daily Mirror 

“A paean to stories as a source of sustenance and solace, and to the sweetness of our shared terrestrial home, Doerr’s narrative is buoyant with humanity and it’s author’s palpable pleasure in invention.”
—Stephanie Cross, The Daily Mail 

“Cloud Cuckoo Land is an impressive achievement and a joy to read. Serious novels are rarely this fun. In a world where nature and stories are more precious than ever, this fine book is an education, a comfort, and inspiration.”
—Melissa Katsoulis, The Times (UK) 

“There is a kind of book a seasoned writer produces after a big success: large-hearted, wide in scope and joyous. Following his Pulitzer winner 
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr’s Cloud Cuckoo Land is a deep lungful of fresh air–and a gift of a novel.”
Elizabeth Knox, The Guardian 

Cloud Cuckoo Land is] a wildly inventive novel that teems with life, straddles an enormous range of experience and learning, and embodies the storytelling gifts that it celebrates. . . . A humane and uplifting book for adults that’s infused with the magic of childhood reading experiences.”
—Marcel Theroux, New York Times Book Review 

“In a big fiction year . . . 
Cloud Cuckoo Land stands out. . . . Doerr’s characters are astoundingly resilient, suggesting that we may yet save ourselves, with literature an essential tool.”
—Hamilton Cain, Boston Globe 

“A magical (and hopeful) tale of humanity.” 

“Ambitious and complex . . . . [Doerr] weaves it all together beautifully.”
—Angela Haupt, Washington Post 

“A tour de force of a novel . . . recalling Jorge Luis Borges, Umberto Eco, and Ursula K. LeGuin. . . . A literary salon to which all manner of storytellers and readers are invited.”
—Jenny McPhee, AirMail Weekly 

“For his next act, Anthony Doerr wrote a book about everything.” 
New York Times 

“Epic and profound.”
—Claire Martin, People Magazine 

“Stunning . . . deeply imagined . . . a novel about how people find hope in the midst of chaos and fear, and how books themselves might be the best things humans have ever done.”
Samantha Schoech, San Francisco Chronicle 

“As intimate as a bedtime story, a love letter to libraries and bibliophiles.” 
O Magazine 

“Anthony Doerr’s talent for deftly weaving the criss-crossed stories of adults and children will tug at your heartstrings and remind you of the power of resilience and hope.”
—Ashley Leath, Country Living 

“A dazzling epic of love, war, and the joy of books.”
The Guardian 

“A sweeping epic.”
—K.W. Colyard, Bustle 

“[An] ambitious, genre-busting novel.”
—Sarah McCraw Crow, BookPage (starred review) 

“A novel of epic stature and ambition.”
—Emerson Malone, Buzzfeed 

Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr] takes his talents to the epic.” 
—Seija Rankin, 
Entertainment Weekly 

“Worth the seven-year wait. . . . Will leave you in awe.”
—Tierney Bricker, EOnline

“[An] imaginative, time-bending tale.”
—Lesley Kennedy, 

“If you’re looking for a superb novel, look no further.”
—Bethanne Patrick, 
Washington Post 

“Sweeping and atmospheric.”

“A poignant story told with heart and wit, . . .  [with] short, lively chapters [that] move at a lively clip.”
—Kristyn Kusek Lewis, Real Simple 

“[A] sweeping literary fiction novel exploring past, present, and future through the lives of young people on the cusp of adulthood. . . . This is a novel unlike any other.”
—Rachel Brittain, BookRiot 

“[An] intricately braided story . . . [and] a stunning, mind-bending tale of survival and how closely we’re all connected.”
—Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping 

Cloud Cuckoo Land] is as extreme a departure as they come, but so original you won’t care.”
Los Angeles Times 

"A welcome read that is a celebration of both resilience and hope told from the perspective of children set worlds (and times) apart. An unforgettable epic from a master storyteller at the top of his craft." 
B&N Reads 

“Doerr’s first book since his Pulitzer Prize-winning 
All the Light We Cannot See and even grander in conception and delivery . . . . [Cloud Cuckoo Land] is a glorious golden mesh of stories that limns the transformative power of literature and our need to both dream big and arrive back home in a world that will eventually flow on without us. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal, starred review 

"Doerr builds a community of readers and nature lovers that transcends the boundaries of time and space ... This is just one of the many narrative miracles worked by the author as he brings a first-century story to its conclusion in 2146. As the pieces of this magical literary puzzle snap together, a flicker of hope is sparked for our benighted world." 
Kirkus, starred review 

"Doerr demonstrates a singular gift for bringing these complex, fully realized characters to empathetic life in this brilliantly imagined story, which moves backward and forward in time ... One of the joys of reading
 Cloud Cuckoo Land is discovering the threads that link the five characters’ lives, which ultimately cohere in ways that are simply unforgettable, as is this amazing gift of a novel."
Booklist, starred review 

“Doerr returns with a deeply affecting epic. . . . [
Cloud Cuckoo Land] is a marvel.” 
Publishers Weekly, starred review  

About the Author

Anthony Doerr is the author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08TRMSR3Z
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scribner (September 28, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 28, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2210 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 637 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Anthony Doerr has won numerous prizes for his fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Carnegie Medal. His novel, 'All the Light We Cannot See,' was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and his new novel, 'Cloud Cuckoo Land,' published in September of 2021, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Learn more at

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