The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio

The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio by Lloyd Alexander.

The author of The Chronicles of Prydain returns with his final book, a treasure hunt through the desert.  After being dismissed from his uncle’s shipping business, Carlo finds himself homeless with only a vague map to treasure in his hands and a book of stories.  Carlo gets onto a ship and heads out to find the Road of Golden Dreams despite the dangers.  On his travels, he gathers a motley party to travel with him, including the laziest camel-puller in the land, a lovely girl with a tragic past, and a mystic traveler happy to be wherever he finds himself.  Is the map real?  How about the treasure?  Or is it worth the journey alone?

Alexander is in fine form here with a vibrant setting, hordes of evil and/or interesting characters, and lots to say about journeys and treasures.  He has created characters who really stand on their own, leaving nothing to stereotypes.   Additionally, Alexander has added a wonderful touch of humor throughout the story, leading to laugh-out-loud moments and great guffaws. 

Highly recommended for readers who enjoyed Indiana Jones.  Readers will enjoy the journey through the desert, the dangers and the lessons finally learned.