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The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio by Lloyd…

The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio (edition 2007)

by Lloyd Alexander

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Naive and bumbling Carlo, his shady camel-puller Baksheesh, and Shira, a girl determined to return home, follow a treasure map through the deserts and cities of the infamous Golden Road, as mysterious strangers try in vain to point them toward real treasures.
Title:The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
Authors:Lloyd Alexander
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2007), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Tags:children's/young adult, read 2009, fantasy

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This is the last novel of Lloyd Alexander, author of The Chronicles of Prydain. I was both excited and worried about reading this book. I loved the Chronicles of Prydain as a kid, but was afraid this book would be awful in comparison. Thankfully, this was not the case.

This story is about a young man named Carlo Chuchio, a character who is not as appealing as that lovable assistant pig-keeper Taran, but still interesting nonetheless. Carlo "the chooch" sets off on an adventure seeking great treasure and is accompanied by a fast-talking but lazy flatterer, a beautiful girl with a wild streak, and an eccentric genius. Their journey is filled with danger and excitement while the travelers encounter storytellers, brigands, and dream merchants, in a dazzlingly romantic fantasy world that seems to be intentionally reminiscent of the Arabian Nights.

While the story at time seems rambling, with random events happening one after the other, the reader is still left with an amazement at Alexander's storytelling abilities. I would not recommend going into this tale hoping for a grand-sweeping epic fantasy novel, but rather for a satisfying travel/adventure story, much like the stories of Sinbad the sailor. ( )
  akbooks | Sep 12, 2019 |
Simply a great yarn that will sweep you away. It's got the feeling of Arabian Nights and a touch of Don Quixote.

Carlo discovers an old map that implies a treasure to be found and he sets out to find it when his uncle kicks him out of the house. As he sets out, he is joined by the persistent but lazy Baksheesh; Shira, a girl who longs to return home to avenge her father’s murder by an evil caravan leader; and the patient dreamer Saloman. They encounter various adventures, dangers and interesting people, making their quest more about the journey than the destination.
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  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I believe that this was Lloyd Alexander's very last book. Like many authors he could not go back. Its humour and travel makes it resemble the Prydain chronicles somewhat. However, there is no magic and obliquely depicted but terrible brutality, so that it also resembles his Westmark novels. ( )
  themulhern | Jul 11, 2014 |
Substance: A youth evicted from his home makes his way in the world, learning about love and life in a quasi-fictional medieval Middle East. The ending was not set up properly, IMO, and seemed to clash with the overall arc of the story. However, it was entertaining and well-intentioned.
Style: A traditional picaresque novel adapted for junior readers, who might actually be too young for some of the satirical memes (for instance, the good-hearted rascal). ( )
  librisissimo | Jun 30, 2014 |
It's hard to review anything else by Lloyd Alexander without comparing it to his Prydain Chronicles. In this case, the obvious similarities make it impossible. Like them, this is set in an imaginary realm based more or less on some real one---in this case, the world of the Arabian Nights rather than Welsh mythology. And this too follows a young adventurer on a quest with a ragtag band of companions.

Of course, there are also many differences. This seems to be written for a slightly older audience, at least than The Book of Three, as the story is somewhat more complex than in those books, at least taken individually. Unfortunately, in other ways it doesn't stand up well to the comparison---the story isn't quite as memorable, the characters not quite as engaging, the ending a bit more of a disappointment. Still, this is a decent adventure story, and I think most kids would enjoy it. ( )
  AshRyan | Dec 2, 2011 |
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