The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
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The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio

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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...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Elizabeth McDonald
Mar 27, 2009 Elizabeth McDonald rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lloyd Alexander fans, folks looking for an adventure-filled bedtime read-aloud
Shelves: audiobook, childrens
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
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 2 of 5 stars
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
The Winter Rose
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...more
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
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...more
Jan 18, 2008 Jenny rated it 5 of 5 stars
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 4 of 5 stars
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.
Ms. Patterson
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
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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...more
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...more
This is my first book by Lloyd Alexander, and I enjoyed it enough. It was a younger read than I expected and the love seemed childish at best, but it made me smile.

Everything was told in a very light-hearted and humorous manner through the eyes of the main character, Carlo Chuchio. While Carlo was a decent character, innocent and clueless enough so as to get himself into a lot of trouble, I did not find him overly intriguing or engaging. The same could be said with the girl he traveled with (and...more
V.K. Finnish
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...more
Jeff Chapman
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....more
Sep 10, 2010 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Nov 14, 2008 Felicity rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Dean Deters
Well I think there is a lot of danger. Things don't cost as much. Carlo finds a map in a book follows it to the end and on his way he finds baksheesh, salmon and a girl together they try to find the treasure
*** spoiler alert *** It takes place in a dessert. I think it was a good idea to make the artist guy a bad guy no one would ever suspect. Why not you ask? Well he acts like a nice guy intill he treys to kill Carlo. Well I think they should have listened to baksheesh because the mind guy was...more
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
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...more
Bill Buhler
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.
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.
Sarah Stevens
I am a big fan of Lloyd Alexander's work, and so when I saw this book on the shelf at the library, I was excited to read it.

I have since learned that this is a tale published posthumously, which actually explains (in my mind) the weakness of it compared with some of his other works. Don't get me wrong - it is a decent story with some fun characters and a nice ending. But it is definitely not up to par with his works like Westmark, Kestrel and his Black Cauldron series.

My main gripes have to do...more
This is the first book of Alexander's that I've read that wasn't part of The Chronicles of Prydain. I was in the mood for something enjoyable, but not too demanding, and this book was perfect for that. It's a fairly straightforward adventure story about a boy who heads East in search of treasure, based on a map he found in an old book. Along the way he picks up some quirky companions, and there's plenty of peril, all ending in a battle against a sinister villain. It reminded me quite strongly of...more
Lloyd Alexander is a wonderful storyteller and this YA novel is no exception. The story itself is familiar enough--a journey that begins as a search for treasure, the accumulation of travelling companions, each with their own perspective and agenda. The humanity and individuality Alexander gives his characters, mostly through dialogue as the tale is told through Carlo Chuchio's first-person voice, is what makes the story warm and rich. As with his Chronicles of Pydrain series, I am left wanting...more
Lloyd Alexander's final book, published posthumously in 2007. Even the first edition says copyright "The Estate of Lloyd Alexander" rather than "Lloyd Alexander."

This was a decent book. He wrote fantasy adventures based in many different lores: Welsh, Greek, Indian, and this one is Persian. While it by no means is his best (that is claimed by "The Chronicles of Prydain" which were relatively early in his writing career) it is decent and enjoyable, with the hero discovering things he doesn't even...more
So, with some trepidation, I give this book 3 stars. I'm a huge fan of Lloyd Alexander, whose books I have enjoyed practically since I started reading. So, reading this, his last book before his passing, I had some mixed feelings. This book is very much in the same vein of his many other standalone books. He tells of an adventure set in a fictitious, thought readily identifiable, culture similar to one in our world. This one is set in a Middle Eastern setting. Much of his signature style appears...more
Apr 24, 2008 Melanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Melanie by: the Peitzmans
The last book Lloyd Alexander finished before he died last year. Orientalist and very cliche, and most of the characters are one-dimensional, but still an enjoyable story if you're in the mood for some light Lloyd Alexander adventure sprinkled with the usual endearing mini-morals throughout.

I have a feeling that Alexander may have been writing himself into the character Salamon, which would have been very appropriate--a wandering, absent-minded wise man in search of the sea, who goes pretty muc...more
Sandra Strange
Lloyd Alexander tells a good tale. This one's set in an Arabian Knights fantasy world with deserts and mountains, souks and Bedouin (by a different name, of course). The protagonist's no Aladdin, however. He's a dreamer who loses his job and is forced to live by his wits, which aren't in evidence for awhile. He finds a map to a fabulous treasure--and decided, predictably, to journey after it. His innocence doesn't last long. He collects a series of friends and advisors who help him along the way...more
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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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