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Cloud Cuckoo Land
Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 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 children trying to figure out the world around them, and to survive. In the besieged city of Constantinople in 1453, in a public library in Lakeport, Idaho, today, and on a spaceship bound for a distant exoplanet decades from now, an ancient text provides solace and the most profound human connection to characters in peril. They all learn the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to the paradise of Cloud Cuckoo Land, a better world. Twelve-year-old Anna lives in a convent where women toil all day embroidering the robes of priests. She learns to read from an old Greek tutor she encounters on her errands in the city. In an abandoned priory, she finds a stash of old books. One is Aethon's story, which she reads to her sister as the walls of Constantinople are bombarded by armies of Saracens. Anna escapes, carrying only a small sack with bread, salt fish--and the book. Outside the city walls, Anna meets Omeir, a village boy who was conscripted, along with his beloved pair of oxen, to fight in the Sultan's conquest. His oxen have died; he has deserted. In Lakeport, Idaho, in 2020, Seymour, a young activist bent on saving the earth, sits in the public library with two homemade bombs in pressure cookers--another siege. Upstairs, eighty-five-year-old Zeno, a former prisoner-of-war, and an amateur translator, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon's adventures. Konstance, encased on a spaceship decades from now, has never lived on our beloved Earth. Alone in a vault with sacks of Nourish powder and access to "all the information in the world," she knows Aethon's storythrough her father. Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Konstance, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, the young Zeno, the children in the library are dreamers and misfits on the cusp of adulthood in a world the grown-ups have broken. They through their own resilience and resourcefulness, and through story. Dedicated to "the librarians then, now, and in the years to come," Anthony Doerr's Cloud Cuckoo Land is about the power of story and the astonishing survival of the physical book when for thousands of years they were so rare and so feared, dying, as one character says, "in fires or floods or in the mouths of worms or at the whims of tyrants." It is a hauntingly beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship--of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.
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Suet624
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I have a feeling I will like this book more as I think back on it. I expected to love it as much as All The Light which is unfair to a book. Each individual character had a terrific story to tell but I was unclear how they were intersecting and that seemed important to me at the time. I guess I also wanted to care about the characters more. I appreciate Doerr‘s storytelling but I give this one a soft pick. #TOB22

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Jerdencon
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Finished this the other day and loved it! And it happened to be on my #newyearwhodis list from @Kangaj1 . I was already in the middle of it when I got the list.

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CindyE09
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Loved this one! I wasn‘t a huge fan of All The Light but this one was amazing. It follows three story lines, one in the past during the medieval fall of Constantinople, one during the present while a library with children is held hostage, and one in the future on a spaceship with the last of humanity. All three are linked by an Ancient Greek story that plays central in all three timelines. This was well written and gripping, I definitely recommend

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sprainedbrain
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Finally posted my review for this book, which I finished early this month and instantly put on my best-of list for 2021.

Believe the hype on this one.

http://sprainedbrain.blog/2021/11/23/review-cloud-cuckoo-land-by-anthony-doerr/

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CindyE09 I loved it too!! Was pretty instantly grabbed and didn‘t want to put it down. My favorite was the Argos storyline but I am a sucker for sci-fi elements. 2w
sprainedbrain @CindyE09 I‘m usually more in to the historical fiction stuff, but that Argos storyline was fantastic! Loved it. 2w
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like All the Light so much do have been hesitating about this book but your review is very convincing 1w
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB this one is completely different from All the Light, for sure. 1w
BkClubCare I really enjoyed this, too. I love chunksters on audio. 15h
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rachelsbrittain
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A real epic of a book spanning centuries and continents as it weaves together 3 stories connected by a fictious lost Greek manuscript (based on a real lost Greek manuscript). This book pulls you in so thoroughly and manages to juggle so many distinct stories and characters. It's a real love letter to fiction.

My one complaint is that the radicalized character is very much coded as Autistic, which felt pretty icky. But he did get a redemption arc.

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BkClubCare
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#Audiobaking! I managed it this time, @Ruthiella !!
#CaresPieShow #caresBooksandPie #nopiereferenceYET #PecanPie #HappyThanksgiving

Also, anyone else recently read The Promise and catch the link/reference to Arcadia? I love book #coinkydinks

Lindy That‘s a fine looking pie! Suitable for any human OR Arcadian supernatural being. 2w
BkClubCare @Lindy - You get it 2w
Ruthiella Yeah for audio baking success! 😋 🥧 2w
Nute Yum!😋 6d
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GatheringBooks
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#GratefulHarvest Day 25: Don‘t know about you but this looks downright #Enchanted to me. One of my (many) book buys while in the US - simply couldn‘t resist!

AmyG It‘s very good. 2w
Eggs Love Doerr ❣️ 2w
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Vanessa
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Thanksgiving break, Day One! I was honestly a little afraid to start this book right now because of its length and knowing that this is a really busy time of year — I don‘t need to spend a month on one book right now. But so far, I don‘t think that‘s going to happen. It‘s lovely, and I‘m hooked.

Chelsea.Poole I loved this one! 2w
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Messiejessie
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There‘s a LOT going on in this 600+ page novel. It‘s set in the past, present and future and told from 5 different perspectives. It incorporates several genres and themes.
I found the first 1/3 a bit slow, but the rest I finished relatively quickly.
The characters and times were interconnected by the love of an Ancient Greek myth and the impact that the story has on their lives, despite the different circumstances of their time.

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Cortg
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Starting this one before heading to work on a Saturday. At least I feel appreciated this morning!

squirrelbrain I loved this book! 2w
Cortg @squirrelbrain Yay! I‘m hearing great things about it! ❤️ 2w
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Suet624
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I‘m keeping this puppy company this weekend. He‘s only 5 months old. He‘s huge already! I‘m having trouble focusing on the many plot lines going on in this story. Hopefully I‘ll settle into it soon.

Tamra 🤗 Such a fun & challenging stage! 2w
AmyG I promise it will settle soon...you will get the hang. Happy Thanksgiving, Sue! Happy babysitting. 2w
sarahbarnes I‘m about 400th on the waiting list for this book at the library! 😳 2w
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Suet624 @Tamra the book or the dog!? Haha. 2w
Suet624 @AmyG happy thanksgiving to you as well! Will you be with your kids and grand baby? 2w
Suet624 @sarahbarnes wow. That‘s a bummer!! 2w
TheLibrarian The dog would distract me from getting any reading done 🤣 2w
Tamra @Suet624 bah! The dog! 2w
AmyG We will be with our daughters. Our son and family will be in MI. Nobody wants to travel TG weekend. 😂 2w
Suet624 @AmyG I hope it‘s a wonderful time for you. 2w
kspenmoll I hope your Thanksgiving was fun, family, food! 7d
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rmaclean4
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Loved this sweeping tale that weaves the lives of people from antiquity to those in the distant future. I was sorry when it ended. 4.75 🌟

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JSlayton
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Wonderful read on the power of a story that can survive war and destruction - crossing cultures and generations to bring hope in dark times. The novel is constructed in a way that leaves cliffhangers throughout - unique for this era of binge-watching streaming! Also drives home the importance of preserving stories for future generations. Highly recommend!

TheKidUpstairs I keep forgetting that this one is out. (So many books, so little time!) Great review! 3w
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KatieDid927
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I really liked it. I liked the characters a lot. Some parts did feel a little tedious and drawn out in the middle, but I enjoyed the journey overall. I have one specific spoiler-y critique in the comments below. ⬇️ The book is good, but it doesn‘t quite live up to the expectations I had after the brilliance of All The Light We Cannot See.

KatieDid927 One of my biggest critiques of the book is the character of Seymour and his journey. I am very much not in a place to empathize with domestic terrorists in any capacity right now, and I never did with Seymour. The happy ending with him and his survivors really bothered me. I felt there was no true accountability for what he did at all. I liked the rest enough for it to not ruin the book for me, but it impacted my opinion greatly. 3w
Suet624 I'm with you on the critique. 7d
KatieDid927 @Suet624 Thanks, I was starting to feel alone on it. 7d
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KarenUK
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I was just casually reading this BookRiot article, and as I get near the end, I discover they‘ve quoted my entire review, from the BN website, of the tagged book!
What a surreal experience! 😱

https://bookriot.com/book-of-the-year-2021-finalists/

Librarybelle That‘s awesome! Congratulations! 3w
squirrelbrain Wow, amazing! Congratulations! 💕 3w
rmaclean4 Great review! 3w
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Cinfhen Congrats 🍾 it‘s a fabulous review and deserves to be shared ♥️😘 3w
MoonWitch94 That‘s fantastic 🥳 3w
DrexEdit Congrats! That is a great review! 👏 👏 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage So cool!! And it really makes me want to read this book! 3w
BarbaraBB That is really cool! Well done! 3w
KatieDid927 So what you‘re saying is you‘re basically famous now. 3w
julesG Congratulations! 3w
Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 3w
SamanthaMarie Well with that review, I had to stack it!! :) very very cool!! 3w
Chelsea.Poole Wow! 🙌 3w
Reggie Wow, way to go! 3w
Suet624 Nice!!! 7d
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BkClubCare
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What does the photo have to do with the book? Nothing. I am trying to transition away from IG where I usually post my #CaresPieShow photos. I just finished The Radium Girls audio+print and am now listening to tagged #audiobook.
VERY EXCITED abt the #TOB2022LongList #hashtagmania #TournamentofBooks #TOB #TOB2022 #ApplePie #iLovePie #PieLit #PieinBooks #CaresBooksandPie #WhenYOUencounterPIEinabookthinkofme

SamanthaMarie Yum 😋 3w
Lindy 🥧😍 3w
Ruthiella Just throw in an audio baking tag and you connect to a book...😉 3w
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BkClubCare @Ruthiella - !!! I have missed this idea. I don‘t think I can: bake AND listen. Baking pie takes all my concentration 🥴 (edited) 3w
Ruthiella How about you listen to the featured book while doing the cleanup after baking.... 3w
Ruthiella Hashtag audio baking and cleanup 😆 3w
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - I will just have to be more intentional. (edited) 3w
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Twainy
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🎧 UNPOPULAR OPINION!

3 intertwined stories linked by a book.

Anna, Omeir & his oxen. 15th century Constantinople. One inside the walls the other out. This 1st 1/3 of the book was SO boring it put me off the rest of the book, may need to reread as this isn‘t my genre & might fall into a mood read category. If you like endless descriptive pointless rambling pretty prose about waiting for war, this book might be for you, the dreamer.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👇🏻

Twainy Zeno is in a library in Idaho 500 years later. His story was enjoyable literature.

In the not too distant future Konstance is in a vault, alone on an interstellar spaceship. Her story was ok sci-fi.
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rachelsbrittain
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1. Cloud Cuckoo Land and Lore Olympus

2. Thirty Talks Weird Love

3. Surviving Savannah and The Dictionary of Lost Words

#WeekendReads

NataliePatalie Both your books in #1 are on my TBR! 3w
rachelsbrittain @NataliePatalie I'm not terribly far into Lore Olympus but Cloud Cuckoo Land is incredible so far! 3w
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nathandrake1997
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I was in my fifth grade when I was writing a novel in one of my empty school notebooks about a magician who travels to some fantastical realm to do some magical stuff....it was implausible, derivative to the point of embarrassment and honestly the literary finesse was akin to that of a hastily turned in half-hearted school assignment....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 I used to carry that notebook around wherever I went, so that it was accessible whenever I had an idea about continuing the story. Once I accidentally left the notebook in the car's dashboard and the very next day, my school conducted an open house (a day in school where parents were invited to check students' exam papers and grades).... 3w
nathandrake1997 and my grades as usual were less than satisfactory to say the least (although they were a bit better than the previous few years). As me and my dad were driving towards home, there was pin drop silence. The moment we reached home, dad started scolding me and while scolding he also mentioned about the book I was writing saying something along the lines that because I was wasting my time in such nonsense my grades were so awful.... 3w
nathandrake1997 All I can remember after that was weeping profusely and abandoning the novel. Years went by....we moved houses....life happened as it happened and the existence of that novel hardly crossed my mind ever again. The only times it was brought up was when mom mentioned about how proud she was of my reading and writing hobby. Then I remembered that I was writing a novel of this kind.... 3w
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nathandrake1997 I don't know where that novel is. Was it lost in one of the multiple instances of moving houses or is it still somewhere within my reach, gathering dust? It never occurred to me that I should probably find it and continue that implausible yet innocent endeavour in writing.... 3w
nathandrake1997 It never occurred to me.....until I read Anthony Doerr's exquisite CLOUD CUCKOO LAND, a magnificent book about how the fate of a set of people across multiple centuries is bound by a volume of text that is allegedly an implausible fable about a man who transforms into a donkey and then to a crow to reach the end of the world to some mythical place with everlasting happiness and satisfaction.... 3w
nathandrake1997 The first thing that caught my attention was the narrative structure. Doerr's writing style is fragmented and the incoherence borders on inaccessibility in the book's first half.... something that can especially be frustrating in a book with a 600+ page length....but surprisingly....not here! In a rather wondrous manner, Doerr makes this near-inaccessibility work in the book's favor.... 3w
nathandrake1997 because this is the part where the characters across various generations are trying to make sense of the structure and meaning of a volume of text....and the reader in turn is trying to make sense of the relevance of this volume of text in these characters' lives. But somehow, inspite of the incoherence, Doerr still manages to get the reader invested in these characters and their quest to make sense of this volume of text.... 3w
nathandrake1997 It is a volume of text that....as time passes....starts withering away due to varying degrees of wear and tear, making the text gradually more unintelligible. In the second half, as the characters piece together this volume of text, the fragmented nature of the narrative structure gradually starts to gain coherence and that's when I realised how magnificently has Doerr's gamble with the first half of this book paid off! 3w
nathandrake1997 Now.... that's all I'm going to talk about in terms of plot and narrative structure because what drew me to the book was its themes. Storytelling and its relevance in our daily lives being one of the central themes immediately drew me to the book.... 3w
nathandrake1997 Especially the "generational" aspect of the relevance of storytelling being particularly intriguing for me. When an era isn't around anymore.... it is the stories from that era that keeps it relevant in each subsequent era.... 3w
nathandrake1997 Some stories lose their chronology, some stories lose some anecdotes, time lashes its cruelty on these stories in some rather unpredictable ways, but atleast some or the other aspect of that story survives the onslaught of time and that particular aspect intrigues us to gradually uncover more such aspects of that story.... 3w
nathandrake1997 atleast until it forms a patchwork of something hopefully resembling the original story.... 3w
nathandrake1997 But what ultimately won me over was how above everything else, Doerr's book is a magnificent ode to story-telling that is both evocative and riveting. Undoubtedly one of the best books I have read in quite a while and one that I hope to revisit over the years.... 3w
nathandrake1997 Now, I'll get back to finding that notebook! 3w
EadieB @nathandrake1997 You should keep up with your writing as I enjoyed your comments and they show that you do have a way with words! 3w
nathandrake1997 @EadieB Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️ This means a lot ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1w
EadieB @nathandrake1997 You‘re welcome! Good luck with your writing! 1w
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Floresj
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With multiple POVs and time periods, this long novel is creatively intertwined with a Greek story. I was engaged throughout the 622 pages, and each POV was interesting. Ambitious and clever, the novel is well written and enjoyable.

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marleed
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What! I liked this, but I‘m sure I‘ll have an opportunity to read this again with my IRL bookclub. It‘s books like this that make me appreciate that I have no problem rereading a book. Knowing how this books comes together will actually benefit my reading experience the second time through!

KristiAhlers I really enjoyed this one. I know it‘s not everyone‘s cuppa but I found it to be engaging and super creative. As a writer myself I‘d never tackle such a complex set of characters and timelines 😀 4w
Read-y_Picker Hoping to start this one next. Very excited! 4w
marleed @KristiAhlers I liked it. I almost wished I‘d read the end first. Im really looking forward to reading it again and watching the pieces fall in place. @Read-y_Picker Have fun!! 4w
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Writeme
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I am in awe of this author and this book. The first 2/3 was a bit of work, as Doerr builds this intricate web of story spanning from 15th century Constantinople to present day to a few generations in the future, but I bawled through the last third as all of the work paid off. A glorious ode to libraries and books. Amazing!!!

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Menotte
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It was a very wonderful book. It played like a symphony with everything gathered together at the end. The characters were honorable, but flawed. It was sort of like the book and the people in the book sewed together the themes because it gave the cloud cuckoo Land a great deal of space and time, to manifest the basic truth of the book. Not here can never be reached, but if you could reach it, there is no place like home.

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ferskner
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Back in my happy place: an antiques-filled cabin in Glenford, OH for the week. This was a surprise sanctuary last year when my birthday plans were cancelled and I'm so happy to have time to relax now that my cast is off and amid a really personally difficult year. With so many new things to sniff, Joseph is also a fan.

Magpiegem This looks like heaven 😍 1mo
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Read-y_Picker
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Found on my desk this morning. November 3rd and there goes my TBR already.. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Great to have some book people in your life!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve heard this is good! 1mo
Read-y_Picker @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too! I'm really excited for it. Just wasn't expecting it so soon! 1mo
monalyisha Hi there! Just checking in for #NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22. I'm hoping you can respond to the email that I sent with your match & your reading list, &/or that you could create a post about which books you're planning to read from their list. Trying to do my best to ensure 100% participation! Hope you're staying warm (& well-read)! 😉 1w
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Bookish_Gal
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What a hefty story about how a lost book brought hope across time. Sort of past, present and future theme. 1400‘s Constantinople siege. 2020 public library. 2140‘s spaceship with no earth left. The journey of this story, Cloud Cuckoo Land, affects each of these 5 wildly different characters in their journeys. A bit difficult to keep track of all, but the story always continued. Stories are important. Liked these pages from the story set throughout

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Do you feel better? asks Sybil. It is natural to express anger from time to time.
Why can‘t healing happen as quickly as wounding? You twist an ankle, break a bone- you can be hurt in a heartbeat. Hour by hour, week by week, year by year, the cells in your body labor to remake themselves the way they were the instant before your injury. But even then you‘re never the same: not quite.

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AmyG
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I did not read 20 hours or accomplish my goals. I did get closer to finishing Cloud Cuckoo Land and The Lincoln Highway- both great books. And I read my section of The Last Story of Mina Lee for the #SundayBuddyRead. So, not too bad.
#20in4 #Readathon @Andrew65

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squirrelbrain
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Oof, this book…. A Greek myth links together three seemingly disparate stories; in the past (the 1400s) Anna and Omeir are caught up in the siege of Constantinople. In current times, Zeno puts on a play with schoolchildren as troubled teen Seymour seeks revenge. In the future, Konstance flies above Earth in a capsule as something goes wrong.

Loved how the stories came together at the end; Konstance‘s was unexpected and Zeno 😢.

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Suet624 I‘m so happy for Doerr that he‘s continued to write such good stories. 1mo
BarbaraBB Fab review 🤍 1mo
AmyG I am a little over halfway…and loving this one. 1mo
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charl08 V. Tempting! 1mo
KarenUK Lovely review Helen…. 5⭐️ for me too! 1mo
Caroline2 This sounds so interesting. Stacked! Altho I really didn‘t like All the light book so I am a bit sceptical. 🧐 (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain I liked the previous book, but loved this one - it‘s very different @Caroline2 1mo
Oryx It comes together so well, doesn't it? 1mo
squirrelbrain So beautifully @Oryx and such clever writing. 1mo
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AmyG
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This is the book I am reading. Apologies to everyone I wrote to…calling this Cuckoo Clock Land. 😳😂😬

Good book- but the title!

Bookwormjillk 😁 1mo
CoffeeNBooks 😂 1mo
Soubhiville 🤣 your title might be more fun though! 1mo
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Writeme Check out this interview for an explainer on the title. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.kaxe.org/books/2021-10-21/a-beautiful-and-redem... 1mo
AmyG @Writeme Thank you for that. Very interesting to listen to him. Ha...he sounds like a friend of mine. (edited) 1mo
Writeme I thought the same! I‘m half way through the book and his brief explanation is helping me see what the plates are. Lol. 1mo
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JLaurenceCohen
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I had really high expectations because of how good All the Light We Cannot See is but Cloud Cuckoo Land didn't quite live up to them. I think Anna/Omeir's stories set during the fall of Constantinople belong in their own book. Having five different main characters made it hard to really get invested in any of them.

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Bookish_Gal
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This is a story made up of other stories. Honestly not sure how to go through them all, roughly 5 different children across time and space. So that‘s a bit confusing. But they all connect on one central point; the story of Cloud Cuckoo Land. A story of hope against the world seemingly falling apart.
Great long book to read on a long flight to visit my boyfriend.

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Hooked_on_books
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The danger of multiple storylines is that the reader may find one more compelling than the other(s), and that‘s what happening for me here. I really liked the essentially modern day and future storylines, but I didn‘t enjoy the past one nearly as much, which bogged the book down for me a bit. This also could have read as gimmicky, but he pulls it off and the writing is lovely.

Librariana I'm so glad you got a chance to read this, Holly 😊 I haven't had a chance to start yet as I'm still working on a book I've borrowed from a friend, but it'll be interesting to see what I think of the individual storylines. I'll certainly tag you and share my hopefully not-too-convoluted thoughts with you! 😁 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘ll be starting this on audio very soon. Did you listen too? How easy was it to follow, in general? 2mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain I read the ebook on this one, but I suspect the audio will be easy to follow. He makes the separate storylines very distinct from one another, which is great. So many authors fail to do that, then it‘s very hard to follow, especially on audio! 2mo
Hooked_on_books @Librariana Me too! It‘s actually a quicker read than it first appears to be. I look forward to your thoughts! 2mo
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Branwen
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WOW! I just finished this last evening and it did not disappoint! It was my most eagerly anticipated book release of the year and I can confidently say that it is one of my favorite reads of 2021! Reminded me a lot of Cloud Atlas (another favorite!) in the way that multiple pov's span space and time to ultimately connect! A masterpiece! 💕📚💕 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #roxas

KristiAhlers I loved that book! 2mo
Writeme Totally reminded me of Cloud Atlas. (And funny that “cloud” and “Atlas” are both important words on this book!) favorite read this year. Also reminded me of The Overstory, by Richard Powers. 4w
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Oryx
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Really enjoyed this - thought it was really interesting look at how stories can be lost or saved across time. I loved the mixture of settings in 1453 Constantinople, modern day, and a spaceship in the future. Its talk of Homer is making me want to read the Iliad - and I'm very excited to see that Emily Wilson is working on a translation - so maybe I'll wait for that.

TrishB You might have put it on the tbr! I‘ve been on the fence. 2mo
Caroline2 This one does sound interesting but I really didn‘t like his previous novel which has put me off a bit… 🤔 1mo
Oryx @Caroline2 I haven't read the previous one yet - I think it's been on my shelf since it was published. This one appealed to me more in the settings 1mo
Caroline2 Be interesting to see if you like it. I really didn‘t like All the light, I bailed hard!!! 😆 1mo
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AmyG
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Well, I am fully invested. Characters in different centuries. Not sure yet of the entire connection but...loving this.

Writeme Starting it tomorrow. So excited! 2mo
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Professional_Book_Dragon
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Love the dedication!

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Jbakesmcgee3
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🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

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JLaurenceCohen
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This book has the same problem as The Overstory in that it takes a looooong time for the characters to cross paths.

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TheRiehlDeal
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My #minibookhaul from Wal-Mart today.

#bookhaul

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JLaurenceCohen
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Never read a novel that got me so invested in the fate of an ox 🐂

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Jas16
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Multiple characters living in different times all connected by one ancient story. This book looks daunting but even though it is a chunkster I quickly tore through it. A book that celebrates the power of the written word as it touches on history and the state of our current world. Beautifully written. I enjoyed this so much more than expected.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Been meaning to read this book! Quite a chunkster though 🤔 Glad that you enjoyed it! Love your review 💕💕 1mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Just checked that it‘s a 24-week wait on Libby 😫 1mo
Jas16 @Jee_HookedOnBookz Yikes. That is typically when my library buys more copies. I hope yours does the same. 1mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Jas16 I hope so too! 🤞🏼 1mo
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KarenUK
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A beautifully written epic that will easily be a favorite of the year. An ancient manuscript, the story of a man longing to reach an imaginary paradise, links the threads of the novel, from 15thC Constantinople to a spaceship in the future. As this lush novel develops, the manuscript survives, sometimes by chance, often shared with love. The characters captured my heart, all just so masterfully drawn. I loved this gorgeous genre-bending novel. 💕

LauraBeth I'm curious about this one! 2mo
KarenUK @LauraBeth It takes some commitment! It‘s long and dense, but for me was totally worth it….. 💕 2mo
LauraBeth I‘ve never read Doerr - not even All The Light. What should I start with? 2mo
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KarenUK @LauraBeth Definitely All the Light We cannot see…. I know so many people say that is their all time favorite. It‘s so good… and if you like his style…. I think you‘ll like this too…💕 2mo
BarbaraBB Hi Karen, I hope all is well. I sent you an email, did you receive it? Xx 2mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB omg! I only just checked! I got it… will respond today 💕 1mo
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Oryx
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Getting major Cloud Atlas vibes from this one - it's a chunkster, and I'm half way through and I'm liking it.

MayJasper Funny picture 😊 2mo
Amandajoy I just picked this one up at Costco & I loved Cloud Atlas! 2mo
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Twocougs
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This is a masterpiece of storytelling. It‘s not for everyone but it‘s worth every beautiful moment I spent reading it. I do wish I could write like Doerr.

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JLaurenceCohen
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I loved All the Light We Cannot See, so I'm stoked to read Doerr's new novel.

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Amandajoy
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Picked this up on our Costco run today. Anyone know how to get the sticker off without damaging the cover?

Lcsmcat Try a hair dryer on low heat. That can loosen the glue and allow you to peel it off. 2mo
marleed I have great luck with the hair dryer trick. If there‘s any remain residue I can usually get it with a touch of goo gone on a q-tip. 2mo
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Branwen
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Does anyone else have waaaaay too much fun using bookmarks that match the covers of their current reads? 😁👌 I absolutely love doing this! It's one of the (many!) reasons why I enjoy collecting bookmarks!

Ruthiella Yes! 😂 2mo
marleed So fun! 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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A beautiful, all-encompassing book. It‘s about libraries which is to say it‘s about everything the library contains. So, this is about humanity over the centuries, but also individuals. Felt a bit like an epic fairy tale for the modern age. Much different than All the Light We Cannot See. But I found myself thinking about John Boyne‘s Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom. One of my best of the year. We are all connected across space and time. 🌎🌱⏳📖

AmyG Great review. This will be my next ebook. (edited) 2mo
Soubhiville A bookseller at B&N recommended this to me on Friday. I was shopping for other people so I didn‘t get it, but she made it sound like something I‘d love. ❤️ 2mo
Librariana I picked this one up yesterday 😊 Hope to get to it once I finish my current reads and any library check outs needing to go back here soon 😆😁 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole @AmyG I hope you enjoy it. ♥️ I‘ll look for your review! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Soubhiville it really worked for me! I borrow all of my books from the library, but this is one I wouldn‘t mind owning myself. Your book seller sounds like a good one ☺️ 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Librariana ugh, my library stack just grows and grows, so I can relate! Hope you enjoy this one when you get to it 😊 2mo
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GerardtheBookworm
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I'll admit I'm not a fan of All the Light You Cannot See so I went into this with an open mind. One thing is clear, Anthony Doerr has beautiful prose that may or may not appeal to readers who can tolerate disjointed storytelling. Jumping back and forth between time periods, five characters are connected by ancient text leading to the understanding of the human experience and how books binds us all together. Dense literary writing.