Review

Anthony Doerr's Cloud Cuckoo Land contains rich renderings of life and character

By David Ferrell
October 15 2021 - 1:00pm
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr. Scribner, $30.

An individual life is nothing so remarkable as a story. Life is small, and short, and full of aimless hardship. Still, each life will be somewhat alike, and inhabited by a human, capable of understanding its fellows. In some sort of chain or network, the world and history are made, peppered by the landmarks that lives have made and shared. These landmarks are stories, the receptacles of the stuff of lives, worn, warped, and shaped by time. Many stories will no longer be told, much of those we have are lost, but those that have we have remain in the writing.

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