An amazing tapestry of time and place that shows our interconnectedness to each other, and to the world at large.
A thirteen-year-old girl named Anna, an orphan, lived inside the formidable walls of the city of Constantinople in a house made up of women who made their living embroidering priest’s robes. Restless, insatiable curiosity leads Anna to learn to read. In an ancient city famous for its libraries, Anna finds a book, the tale of Aethon, a man who longs to become a bird so that he may fly to a utopian paradise.
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She reads to her ailing sibling as the walls of the one place she has known are bombed during the great siege of Constantinople Outside the walls is a village boy, miles away from home, conscripting himself with his beloved oxen to the invading army. Their paths will eventually intersect.
“From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author comes a wildly inventive, human, and uplifting New York Times bestseller book for grownups that are infused by the magic of childhood reading experience.”
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Five hundred years after Aethon was written, an octogenarian Zeno rehearsed five children in a play version of Atheon’s story, preserved against the odds through centuries. Hidden among the bookshelves is a bomb, planted there by a troubled, idealist teenager, Seymour. It’s another siege. On an interstellar spaceship called Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault. She is copying out stories from a book onto scraps of cloth. Her father tells her these stories. She has never been to Earth. Cloud Cuckoo Land is a beautiful and redemptively hopeful novel about stewardship, books, the Earth, and the human heart.
Cloud Cuckoo Land (2021) by Anthony DoerrDune (2007) By: Glennon Doyle
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