Cloud Cuckoo Land : A Novel
by Doerr, Anthony; Ireland, Marin (NRT); Jones, Simon (NRT)

Follows four young dreamers and outcasts through time and space, from 1453 Constantinople to the future, as they discover resourcefulness and hope amidst peril in the new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See.

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.

Simon Jones Broadway credits include: The Real Thing, Benefactors, The School for Scandal, The Herbal Bed, and Waiting in the Wings (Outer Critics Circle nominee). Off-Broadway credits include: Woman in Mind, Terra Nova, Privates On Parade (Drama Desk nominee). Film and TV highlights: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Devil's Own, Brideshead Revisited, PBS's Liberty and HBO's Oz.

*Starred Review* In a paean to the power of books to nurture and heal by capturing both the beauty and chaos of the world, Doerr's new epic novel spans eight centuries. The lives of two children fleeing the siege of Constantinople in 1453, an orphan from Idaho who becomes a prisoner of war in Korea during the 1950s, a budding teenage eco-terrorist in 2020, and a lonely teenage girl traveling on a spaceship in the year 2146 are connected through an ancient Greek manuscript. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Antonius Diogenes tells the farcical tale of Aethon, a simple shepherd searching the world through the bodies of various animals for utopia in the sky only to discover his true happiness was always at home. A copy of this fictitious manuscript finds its way to each of the main characters and has a profound impact on their lives. Ireland's vivid narration brings both levity and compassion to this wondrous novel. Her Australian, Italian, and English accents, along with her enunciation of classical Greek, sound authentic. Both Ireland and Jones perform with appropriate pace and cadence for listeners to become immersed in this ambitious, imaginative novel. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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