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Cloud Cuckoo Land: From the prize-winning, international bestselling author of ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ comes a stunning new novel in 2021 Hardcover – 29 September 2021

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‘Sets him comfortably alongside Tolkien, Rowling and David Mitchell, and he is a much more elegant writer than two of thoseCloud Cuckoo Land is an impressive achievement and a joy to read. Serious novels are rarely this fun.The Times

‘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 novelGuardian

‘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 its author’s palpable pleasure in inventionDaily Mail

A humane and uplifting book for adults that’s infused with the magic of childhood reading experiences. Cloud Cuckoo Land is ultimately a celebration of books, the power and possibilities of reading New York Times

Cloud Cuckoo Land is a fascinatingly ambitious tale that’s worth the seven year waitStylist

‘Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Doerr’s new novel traverses time and space, unifying his characters through a text written by Diogenes in the first century AD. Cloud Cuckoo Land begins there and sweeps through the millennia in a huge, imaginative arc that celebrates the outsiders, the writers and the keepers of books. An ultimately hopeful and life-affirming novel about the essence of love, literature and artIrish Independent

‘This is a dazzling epic of love, war and the joy of books – one for David Mitchell fans’ Guardian

Wonderment and despair, love and destruction and hope – all find their place in its sumptuously plotted pages’ Observer

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From the prize-winning, international bestselling author of ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ comes a stunning new novel in 2021


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ 4th Estate GB (29 September 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 640 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0008478295
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0008478292
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.9 x 4.2 x 24 cm
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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 www.anthonydoerr.com.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-intentioned but ponderous
Reviewed in Australia on 17 March 2022
Books matter. Writing, reading, preserving and sharing books are worthwhile humanistic pursuits, never less so than in times of war. It’s a thesis we can all agree on, especially here amongst fellow readers. I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy just writing this.

This thematic thread doesn’t just run through Cloud Cuckoo Land, it is the one idea that holds up the entire edifice, a flimsy foundation for a monumental novel that is always on the brink of crashing down.

It doesn’t crumble. Anthony Doerr is a skilled and imaginative writer. He also built his opus as three distinct but interwoven stories, an interrupted narrative that promises depth - just around the corner, reader! - but mostly delivers scope. And lots of it.

Even summarizing the three stories is preemptively exhausting. Suffice to say they take place in different periods – the 1453 siege of Constantinople, a beleaguered 20th century and a distant future where humans travel to Mars, our civilization in tow. All three narratives suggest literature is our one redemptive feature as a species, yet the convoluted structure cannot hide that taken in isolation and read linearly, each tale is somewhat pedestrian in its telling.

To make sure we care – and it’s important that we do, there are over 600 pages to get through – the author repeatedly puts young people (and animals) in harm’s way. That slightly formulaic brand of melodrama worked wonders in uber-bestseller All The Light We Cannot See, but wears thin here, perhaps because the device is used ad nauseam.

Books are messages across cultures and eras, and we readers have a responsibility of stewardship. It’s a beautiful sentiment nearly crushed under the sheer weight of storytelling. At the risk of letting everyone down, I will relinquish my responsibility in this case and fail to recommend the book to others. Rest easy, though, Cloud Cuckoo Land is already adored by many and will be read long after we’ve left our dying planet and settled on Mars.
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