“Part fairytale, part fool’s errand, part science fiction, part Utopian Satire ...” You might recognise the name? Doerr won the Pulitzer prize in 2015 for All the Light We Cannot See. That’s another book (Netflix Series next year) that stays with you for a long time after reading and the reason I picked this book up.
Cloud Cuckoo Land is a book about the power of a story. We are taken to the past, the future and the present with seemingly unconnected stories, different characters and places. At first it’s hard to fathom a link between them all but as the story progresses it becomes clearer. There’s no getting lost in the shifting settings as each chapter begins with a date and location for the unfolding action.
This is an exquisite read, one you’re torn between speeding up to get to the story’s conclusion and wanting to slow down so you can savour its delights forever. This is a book that when I reached the end I immediately wanted to start it again.
Lisa Williams is a shopgirl and a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. She is on Twitter @noodleBubble