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  • Utterly Unique! Skillfully Told Tale!

    Epic, skillfully told tale through multiple generations that were each a genuine story in and of themselves. But, putting them together was brilliant and a gorgeous piece of work! Utterly Unique! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • Simply Awful

    I had to force myself to finish reading this book (only because I paid for it). It seemed the author couldn’t decide whether his plot should occur in the past, present or future so he jumbled up all the versions into one rambling, disjointed story. Think of Odyssey 2001 sprinkled with climate terrorism, nursery stories, and a snack of LSD. Ugh!

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  • Did not like

    I would like t say I liked this book but I really struggled with it. There were way too many storylines and timeframes to follow. The present day stories were good but the others were too deep for me to appreciate. I have really enjoyed other books by this author but this time round it did not resonate with me. I did not make it to the end of the book.

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  • Emotional

    This book was beautifully written but wasn't for me. Two many story lines enmeshed and I often felt confused. Very deep prose and the concepts are uplifting and spiritual but I just couldn't fully grasp the attention it needed. I will try again with this book in the future. Thank you Netgalley for this arc

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  • Magical, memorable, and uniquely beautiful!

    Cloud Cuckoo Land is a creative, moving, enthralling novel that sweeps you back and forth from the fifteenth century to the 1950s, to the present day and beyond and introduces you to five people whose lives are inexplicably impacted and changed based on their appreciation and love for an ancient manuscript, written by a Greek scholar, about a shepherd whose greatest desire is to escape to the sky. The writing is eloquent and expressive. The characters are adventurous, inquisitive, and intelligent. And the compelling plot is an intricately woven, epic saga that touches on life, solace, innocence, sacrifice, imagination, survival, morality, and the power of the written word to guide, teach, fascinate, entertain, instil hope, and at its base level transcend time and space to entwine us all. Cloud Cuckoo Land is another large novel by Doerr, with over 600 pages, but it is so remarkably immersive, affecting, and well written that before you know it, the story is finished, and you’re yearning for more. As some of you may know, I’m not a huge fan of science fiction, so I was a little worried at the start, but after receiving both the audio and paperback versions of this book and being able to enjoy them both, I can honestly say that this is one of the most enthralling novels I’ve read in a long time, and I was blown away by how effortlessly this novel transitions between the three distinct storylines and how powerfully moving and impactful it turned out to ultimately be.

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