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The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  613 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
A beautiful Kirkassi girl, cold-eyed villains and smiling killers, a bazaar merchant peddling slightly used dreams—could any young adventurer ask for more? Not Carlo Chuchio, who is seeking hidden treasure on the legendary Road of Golden Dreams.

With Baksheesh, the world's worst camel-puller, Carlo leads a caravan through the realm of Keshavar. Robbed of all but his underdr
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Henry Holt & Company
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Elizabeth McDonald
Mar 27, 2009 Elizabeth McDonald rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lloyd Alexander fans, folks looking for an adventure-filled bedtime read-aloud
Shelves: childrens, audiobook
I can't help but compare this book to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, since the plot involves a boy following his dream and looking for hidden treasure in the desert, falling in love along the way. The covers of certain editions even look similar to me. The tone, however, is quite different: while Coelho's book constantly waxes philosophical, Alexander's is more lighthearted and geared toward children. Like many an Alexander novel, there is a cast of quirky characters, including the indecisive her ...more
May 08, 2008 Donald rated it really liked it
This is a very nice young readers book about a young man who is given a book with a secret map inside by a bookseller who then myteriously disappears. The young man, Carlo Chuchio, heads off to find the treasure marked on the map, picking up along the way the world's worst camel-puller who finds an excuse whenever work comes around to get out of, an ex-scholar who is learning in the "classroom of the world" and who finds everything fascinating, and a young woman Carlo, of course, falls in love w ...more
Mar 04, 2008 Jamie rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jamie by: Capitol Choices
Shelves: 12-14
I know this is sacrilege for a librarian, but I find Lloyd Alexander dead boring, and this book was no exception. I'd love to hear from kids who think differently, especially about this particular book. boring boring boring
Feb 02, 2015 Mara rated it really liked it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I love the color scheme for this book, and the Arabian Nights style. It promises adventure and treasure!

Characters: Poor Carlo has a heart of gold and craves adventure, but he isn't the most aware or brilliant person. He's easily fooled and you can't help but love him, even if you face-palm sometimes. Baksheesh was awesome. Definitely the comic relief, his tricky ways and exaggerations were hilarious and wonderful and he was so, so awesome! Shira, the woman of the group,
The Winter Rose
Sep 24, 2013 The Winter Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
As a huge fan of Lloyd Alexander, I must admit my feelings toward this book are incredibly sentimentally tied with the knowledge that it was his last. To the point that I honestly wept when I was finished.

That said, it still is a genuinely good read. It is a bit more violent and graphic than his previous stories, so I would place this one more in the "young adult" to "upper middle grade" category. There is veiled allusions to rape mentioned, violent actions and some graphic imagery. Not too inte
Sep 20, 2010 Luann rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fiction, 2010
The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio is an adventure and coming-of-age quest where the journey, the lessons learned, and the people encountered, are more important than the original reason for the quest. Along the way, Carlo meets Baksheesh, a camel-puller who spends more time complaining and riding the camel than pulling; Shira, a girl who is determined to make it home again and find out what happened to her family; and Salamon, a wise scholar who is good with animals and enjoys the journey no mat ...more
Yumi Learner
Jun 21, 2015 Yumi Learner rated it it was amazing
I found this book at a garage sale and bought it for only 25 cents in the States. For some reason this book reminded me of Marco Coelo's Alchemist.
Sep 20, 2015 Linnae rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, clean-reads
Carlo is a dreamer, and to his extremely practical and punctual accountant of an uncle, that means he is a disaster. He mixes up accounts because his head is filled with tales of wonder. He goes to run errand and doesn't come back for a long time. Then in a short period of time, everything comes to a head: Carlo finds an ancient treasure map inside a secondhand book that was given to him, and his uncle kicks him out.

Carlo decides this is the perfect opportunity for him to see the world and yes,
Wandering Librarians
After years of working (and supported by) for his uncle, Carlo is on his own. In his possession is a treasure map to the hidden treasure on the Road of Golden Dreams. Carlo doesn't know if the map is even real, but he is willing to take the chance. Carlo sets off on his journey picking up along the way a rag-tag group of wanders who together try and find their heart's desires.

I am a Lloyd Alexander fan. I loved The Chronicles of Prydain series. I read those over and over again growing up. This i
Jan 18, 2008 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young teens to adults who don't mind reading teenage type books
Recommended to Jenny by: Found it myself
Lloyd Alexanders last book before his death. I have been a fan of his books for years, and happened across it at the Library. It's just like his other books in some ways. Young man goes off to seek adventure or money, and meets some very interesting characters on the journaey. Usually there is a surprise ending! I really liked it, and want to start a collection of his books on my bookshelves.
May 13, 2008 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy and Lloyd Alexander fans
Shelves: fantasy
I got into Lloyd Alexander when I was in 5th grade and my Mother began reading me the Prydain series. (It is still one of my favorites and I enjoy it much more than Narnia) This is quick read and quite enjoyable, but not as great as Prydain.
Feb 04, 2016 Salsabrarian rated it it was amazing
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 fatherâs murder by an evil caravan leader; and the patient dreamer Saloman. They encounter various adventures, dangers and interesting
Jun 06, 2016 Meredith rated it it was ok
I love many of Alexander's books, grew up with them, and I wanted to love this one but it just didn't happen. The plot was meandering, the adventure wasn't gripping, the characters weren't all that interesting, none of them experience much growth throughout the book, and his Middle Eastern-ish (it's technically a fantasy book) characters struck me in an uncomfortable way.

One character was named Baksheesh, a word that means tip in Arabic but was widely used by anyone begging for money from foreig
Ms. Patterson
Apr 20, 2010 Ms. Patterson rated it liked it
I chose to read THE GOLDEN DREAM OF CARLO CHUCHIO, because I have adored much of Lloyd Alexander's work over the years. It seemed only fitting to read his last work.

Carlo discovers a hidden map of riches in a book purchased from a mysterious merchant at the local market. With the map in hand, Carlo decides to go on a grand adventure in order to locate the treasure. Along the way, he meets many unusual characters, including a servant that doesn't seem to do much work and a mysterious girl.

Not Alexander's strongest work, which is understandable, considering that it was written at the very end of his life and published posthumously. All Alexander's characteristic, much-loved devices are here - the exotic setting, the feckless dreaming boy going off on a mad quest, the eccentric supporting character, the fiery and wounded love interest, the half-mad sage - but they have lost some of their resonance and freshness, despite the fact that, in a dozen previous books he managed to keep th ...more
John Kinney
May 28, 2009 John Kinney rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Jul 24, 2009 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
This book is a decent example of Alexander's general body of work: quirky but good-hearted characters in a rich, mystical setting; fast-paced plot and clever dialogue; a long and daunting journey filled with bad guys and good guys and guys that seemed like one but turned out to be the other; gentle romance between our hero and the brave, feisty female with whom he feels himself a fool, while she sees the good in him and loves him back.

The most unique and beautiful thing about this book was the c
Jun 29, 2008 Amitha rated it really liked it
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 trea
V.K. Finnish
Oct 25, 2013 V.K. Finnish rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio is told from the view of Carlo, a gullible, daydreaming youth who lives with his intolerant uncle in the port city of Magenta. Carlo's fortunes change when he finds a map inside a book he obtains from the market and sets out on a misadventure to find treasure.

The characters of the book are rather one-dimensional in that they each have their specific role to play in the story, and they don't step outside of that. I'm not usually a fan of this, but the author make
Jeff Chapman
Jul 29, 2011 Jeff Chapman rated it really liked it
I recently read The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio (2007), Lloyd Alexander's last book, assuming no further posthumous publications are on the way. The Golden Dream was not on my ever-growing list of books to read, but the gold and blue spine--think Morocco--shouts for attention on a library shelf. The cover artist and designer deserve some serious praise. I'm glad I read it and recommend it to anyone looking for a good story.

Like many of Alexander's stories, The Golden Dream records a road trip.
Sep 10, 2010 Terence rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YAs and their parents
Like The Iron Ring, which I reviewed here, The Golden Dream is a lucid, well written, sprightly tale about a young man, his true love, a mischievous companion and a wise teacher who take the symbolic journey from childhood to adulthood, from ignorance to wisdom.

In this case, the journey takes place in an alternate Earth that's never fleshed out. Carlo Chuchio, our hero, starts out in Magenta, which may (it's never clear) be a city on the island of Sicily. He is expelled from Magenta by his uncle
Nov 14, 2008 Felicity rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: In the words of the introduction, "For young dreamers, and old ones."
I give this five stars under its influence. Only time will tell if it lives up to them, by growing in my mind or drawing me back to re-read.

I have always loved Lloyd Alexander's writing, and this, his last book, seems to stand among his greater works. Golden Dream has the inimitable style, the ragtag companions and the innocent romance that characterize Lloyd Alexander in general, but it also has a thread of deeper meaning and seeking that is characteristic of my favorite Alexander works, the Ch
Sep 02, 2014 B rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. Set in a fantastical world that reminded me of the Middle East and western Asia, this adventure story of a young man with a mysterious treasure map and the people he encounters along his journey had wonderful insights into our humanity and tons of humor but it also had some adult themes of rape, (suggested, not done), and violent death. As a librarian I would be uncomfortable giving this book to the usual 8-11 year old audience of Lloyd Alexander.
Aug 02, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
Carlo Chuchio is a day dreamer who can never quite please his merchant uncle. In the market he find a storyteller who gives him a book of tales. Rather than working, he sits hidden away and reads the fanciful tales. In the spine of the book he finds an old map that he believes will lead him to untold treasure. Frustrated, his uncle kicks him out of his employ and his house and Carlo goes in search of the treasure along the “Road of Golden Dreams”. Along the way he meets interesting characters wh ...more
Ash Ryan
Aug 18, 2015 Ash Ryan rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, audio, juvenile
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.[return][return]Of course, there are also many differences. This seems to be written for a slightl ...more
Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog...

Wow. Another excellent Lloyd Alexander book. I have to confess that I am writing this review a week after I read the book so I am a bit more fuzzy on the details than if I had written immediately post-read.

I remember eagerly scanning the shelves of the little library in my junior high for ever Alexander book that I could find. I have to admit that a few of Alexander's character names made their way into my own story that I wrote that year.

This book tells the journey o
Bill Buhler
Mar 17, 2014 Bill Buhler rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters reminded me somewhat of characters from Westmark and the Chronicals of Prydain. But they were slightly different and he did a marvelous job at evoking the feel of tails of Sinbad the sailor or 1001 Arabian Nights. I read it in a day and would recommend it for anyone who wants a light child friendly read.
May 28, 2014 Leeann rated it it was amazing
I love traveling around the world and through time. This book gave me a chance to do both. This was high adventure with a myriad of twists and turns. The main character, Carlo, changed dramatically as he learned to put others' needs before his own. And Baksheesh, a camel puller, was pure delight. I highly recommend this book.
Rae Borman
Jun 14, 2016 Rae Borman rated it it was ok
I have fond memories of Lloyd Alexander's works from childhood. I adore how this story has one of the most standard setups in fantasy adventure, so I can't tell whether my "meh" feelings after finishing the story are because it is "juvenile fiction" or because this happens to be one of his works that just didn't speak to me. Hmmm...just not sure.
Keshunti B
Mar 18, 2016 Keshunti B rated it really liked it
This book is good because it talks about how a young girl came upon a book seller and he gave her a book for free. She took the book and said thank you and ran home and told her uncle and he didn't believe her so she had set out on this amazing journey to find the riches the map was leading her to.
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Lloyd Chudley Alexander (January 30, 1924 - May 17, 2007) was an influential American author of more than forty books, mostly fantasy novels for children and adolescents, as well as several adult books. His most famous contribution to the field of children's literature is the fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. The concluding book of the series, The High King, was awarded the Newbery Medal i ...more
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