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Orphans of Eldorado (Canongate Myths #14)

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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 January 1st 2008)
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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.
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
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...more

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...more
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...more
Jill Le
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
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.
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 2 of 5 stars
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
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.
Setting: Manaus and Vila Bela (Amazonas), Brazil

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David Burkam
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.
I won this book through a first-reads giveaway.

Wow...just wow. Read it in one sitting.
Alice Matuck
livro bom. leitura in loco ( em Belém do Pará)
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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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