Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
9/28/21; 640 pages
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr is a very highly
recommended epic tale of the power of literature across centuries
and the interconnectedness of all humans. It is absolutely one of the
best books of 2021.
Cloud Cuckoo Land is named after an
imaginary world mentioned in Aristophanes's play The Birds
and the mythical novel is attributed to Antonius Diogenes, a real
writer, in Doerr's novel. In the saga written for Diogenes' niece during an illness, Aethon, a shepherd, dreams
of escaping to the cloud cuckoo land in the sky and his desire
sets him on an adventure that will have him residing in the bodies
of an animal, fish, and bird.