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Orphans of Eldorado

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  181 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
A magical retelling of the myth of Eldorado, the Enchanted City of the Amazon, by one of Brazil's most acclaimed writersThe setting for this magical fable is Eldorado, the enchanted city that inhabited the fevered dreams of European navigators and conquistadors, but eluded all attempts to find it on the map. Some have linked it to Manaus in the Amazon Basin, and it is here ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Canongate UK (first published 2008)
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Feb 08, 2010 Maria rated it liked it
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I did like this book, but it fell short of a really satisfying read for a few reasons. It may be that much of the essence of the story was lost in the translation. I found the structure of the book a bit disjointed, and it was frustrating that there were no speechmarks, so it was difficult to tell if someone was speaking, or when the speaking stopped.
The story is about a man, Arminto, who squanders his inheritance and spends his life waiting for and searching for a lost love. There are many refe
Paulo Sousa
Jul 15, 2016 Paulo Sousa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Título: Órfãos do Eldorado
Autor: Milton Hatoum
Editora: Cia das Letras
Páginas: 107
Minha classificação: ⭐

A trama de Órfãos do Eldorado não é tão boa, na verdade fica interessante já nas derradeiras páginas, que Arminto Cordovil enfim parece encontrar o amor da sua vida, Dinaura.
Sinceramente não gostei muito da escrita de Hatoum, que vai se desenrolando de uma forma desconexa é imprevisível.
Há boas referências sobre a decadência das famíli
Machala Machala
Há bons momentos, mas não me pareceu uma obra tão interessante quanto Dois Irmãos.
Jun 17, 2012 Chris rated it did not like it
I've tried reading this three times and cannot finish it. I'm not sure why, except I don't care what happens to anyone in the story.
Feb 10, 2010 Pedro rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Mais um livro em que Milton Hatoum adota o discurso do narrador como o discurso do filho, de um filho. Em “Órfãos do Eldorado”, porém, a trama é contada por um velho meio amalucado, que relata suas memórias para um transeunte perdido. O leitor, portanto, é colocado no papel de um desavisado viajante que é surpreendido por uma narrativa quase fantástica. O narrador se apresenta como inverossímil, morando em sua tapera.

Mas que história é contada? O narrador conta a sua própria: é filho de Amando C
Feb 10, 2010 Periklis rated it liked it
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The Orphans of Eldorado is a short story written in the form of a soliloquy, taking place in the Amazonian regions of Brazil, mainly around the time of the First World War. A man is narrating his story, which is one of a lost love, the ill relationship between him and his father, and a family fortune wasted and lost out of "vengeance and puerile". Through this story, Hatoum is retelling the myth of the Enchanted City, a place at the bottom of the river, where people seduced by enchanted beings g ...more
Octavia Cade
Nov 22, 2016 Octavia Cade rated it liked it
Interesting read, mostly for the untethered nature of the narrative, I think. I'm not sure that that's a very good descriptor, but "untethered" is the word that came to mind while reading it; I sort of felt as if I were floating through the story, never quite latching onto anything other than imagery.

That imagery is the real strength of this book. It's vivid and disparate, a kaleidoscope of sensory detail. It quite overshadows the main character. The story is told in the first person, and Armint
Karen Michele
Aug 28, 2014 Karen Michele rated it liked it
The Orphans of Eldorado was an interesting retelling of the myth, but it didn’t pull me in the way other books in the Canongate myth series have. I had to re-read at the beginning to get into the writing style. This could well be because of the translation, but I felt confused and didn’t feel a strong story that connected me directly to the myth until much later in the book. I also didn’t get the sense that the main character was on a quest or driven to discover Eldorado. He seemed to be just tr ...more
Feb 08, 2010 Ellie rated it liked it
Like most of the books in The Myths series, this is a slim volume, more of a novella. For me Eldorado is the City of Gold but Milton Hatoum has written about the Amazonian legends of the enchanted city at the bottom of the great river which he suspects is the origin of the European myth.

This is essentially a riches to rags story, Brazilian style. Translated from Portuguese into English, it is lacking in quotation marks for direct speech. This makes it difficult to follow who is speaking or even
Oct 18, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it
It was written quite beautifully, I thought, but it felt too short (the Myths series tend to be more like novellas than anything) and so I felt it didn't have the opportunity to really expand on the story.
Apr 05, 2010 Paul rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, fiction
A modern day twist to an ancient myth of the Amazon. We are left with a nice if somewhat disjointed tale. I blame it all on the translation which doesn't flow like I am sure the original Portuguese version would.
Aug 12, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: myth
This rewriting of a South American myth was without the 'power' of the other myths rewritten for this series. Not sure if that is the fault of the modern author or something missing in the original. Just a story
Jill Le
Mar 16, 2010 Jill Le rated it did not like it
sorry but it wasn't my cup of tea. I'm not a lover of first person books at the best of times, but i also found it difficult to get into the book. After ploughing through approx 30 pages I gave up. I'm sure there are people who will love it, but not me I'm afraid.
Kamila Šubrtová
Aug 19, 2013 Kamila Šubrtová rated it really liked it
Příběh Arminda Cordovilla, mladého muže, který jendoho dne zahlédne mezi chovankami kláštěrní školy krásnou dívku Dinauru a zamiluje se do ní, Chce si ji vzít, ale dívka mi jendho dne zmizí a on se jí pokouší najít. Odchází do amazonského pralesa ji hledat.
Jan 31, 2010 Taekwondodo rated it it was amazing
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I won this book through a first-reads giveaway.

Wow...just wow. Read it in one sitting.
Louise Crowley
Jan 31, 2010 Louise Crowley rated it it was amazing
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Courtesy of Goodreads Giveaway!

I have just received this book and started to read it so my review will be up shortly!
Setting: Manaus and Vila Bela (Amazonas), Brazil

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David Burkam
Feb 19, 2013 David Burkam rated it it was ok
Shelves: mythology
The Canongate Myth series as a whole is a wonderful idea, but the individual volumes are hit-or-miss. This one is more of miss.
Mauro Kleber
Boa e agradável leitura sobre um dos mitos da Amazônia. A ruína de uma família , cidades encantadas, filhos com botos e muita paixão, embalam esta história de um amor impossível.
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Milton Hatoum nasceu em 1952, em Manaus (Amazonas), onde passou a infância e uma parte da juventude. Em 1967 mudou-se para Brasília, onde estudou no Colégio de Aplicação da UnB. Morou durante a década de 1970 em São Paulo, onde se diplomou em arquitetura na Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da USP, trabalhou como jornalista cultural e foi professor universitário de História da Arquitetura. Em 1 ...more
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