Cloud Cuckoo Land (Large Print Edition): Large Print (Larger Print ) (Large Print / Hardcover)

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This luscious epic weaves together the stories of young outsiders whose lives are all tied together through an ancient, decaying book. The book is a comic masterpiece, a Fools's Journey, that is discovered in Constantinople just as the city falls in 1453 then lost, and found, and lost again. It is still playing a part in people's lives in 2150, but all the stories collide on February 20, 2020. This book has it all. Doerr's imagination is matched only by his writing ability. Prepare to surrender because there is no escaping once you begin.

— Lisa

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND takes us on a dazzlingly epic journey between 1453 Constantinople, modern-day Idaho, and an interstellar ship in the future. Omeir, Anna, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are desperate to find meaning in their lives, guided by the same ancient text. Doerr runs a golden thread through these stories separated by time and space to illustrate universally felt complications of the human heart, and our common longing for companionship. I love this book!

— Sarah

October 2021 Indie Next List


“I haven’t felt this hopeful after closing a book in a very long time. What does it mean to be alive? An ageless question, yet throughout time the answer is always human connection and the stories we tell to live, thrive, survive.”
— Julie Slavinsky, Warwick's, La Jolla, CA

Description


From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time, comes a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world, who find resilience, hope, and story.

The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are trying to figure out the world around them: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for an exoplanet, decades from now. Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.

An ancient text—the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky—provides solace and mystery to these unforgettable characters. Doerr has created a tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness—with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us and those who will be here after we’re gone.

Dedicated to “the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,” Cloud Cuckoo Land is a hauntingly beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship—of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.

About the Author


Anthony Doerr is the author of 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. 
 
Product Details
ISBN: 9781982189679
ISBN-10: 1982189673
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: September 28th, 2021
Pages: 1152
Language: English
Series: Larger Print