Book Review: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (three stars)
“Why stay here when I could be there?”
Fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, myth. Six protagonists in four threads, plus the inciting Greek myth. After an interest-grabbing opening, meanders through excruciating world and character building. Quit once but forced myself through it. It has a very satisfying conclusion, but readers with long to-read lists may wish to skip it.
“Each of these books, child, is a door, a gateway to another place and time. You have your whole life in front of you, and for all of it, you’ll have this. It will be enough, don’t you think?”
Good support for the Doerr‘s premise that no book—no matter how trivial—should be lost. Reflects an incredible effort but doesn’t quite hit the target. Award winning? Not nearly. Not up to the quality of his All the Light We Cannot See. Extra credit for finishing his tale in one go.
‘As he reconstructs Zeno’s translation, he realizes that the truth is infinitely more complicated, that we are all beautiful even as we are all part of the problem, and that to be a part of the problem is to be human.’
Quibbles: five cell phone rings come faster than that. Essential (to plot) people would have died. Titanium is incredibly hard; no metal capable of being formed as she made her ax would have dented it.
“Sometimes the things we think are lost are only hidden, waiting to be rediscovered.”