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From the Dust Returned Mass Market Paperback – September 3, 2002
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From the Dust Returned chronicles a community of eternal beings: a mummified matriarch who speaks in dust; a sleeping daughter who lives through the eyes and ears of the creatures she visits in her dreams; an uncle with wings like sea-green sails. And there is also the mortal child Timothy, the foundling son who yearns to be like those he loves: to fly, to sleep in daytime, and to live forever. Instead, his task is to witness the family's struggle with the startling possibility of its own end.
Bradbury is deservedly recognized as a master of lyricism and delicate mood. In this novel he weaves together individuals' stories and the overarching family crisis into a softly whispered, seductive tale of longing and loss, death and life in the shadowy places. --Roz Genessee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you are a lover of Bradbury, you don't need my recomendation. If you are jaded soldier of the literary battle fields, come home to this wonder-full book and rediscover why you started reading books in the first place.
Ray Bradbury's new book, From the Dust Returned: A Family Remembrance, his first novel of the 21st century, began life over fifty years ago, in the first half of the 20th century, as a short story called "Homecoming." Originally published in the 1946 Halloween issue of The New Yorker, along with an illustration by Charles Addams, creator of The Addams Family, "Homecoming" told the story of a family of strange nocturnal creatures-possibly vampires, possibly not-who lived in a grand old gabled house somewhere in the mythical October Country of Illinois. Drawn largely from his childhood experiences with his own large, eccentric family, Bradbury's Elliotts were overrun with strange aunts and uncles, weird nieces and nephews. Some could travel the world without ever leaving the attic. Some could fly, some were as old as the oldest grain sand in the Egyptian desert. At the time, Bradbury planned on fleshing the story out, and made plans with Charles Addams to collaborate on what would become an illustrated family history of the Elliotts.Read more ›
The Elliot family is a motley collection of supernatural beings from every corner of the planet. For whatever reason, they have picked a house out in the middle of Nowhere, America to collect and settle in for their regular (once or twice a century) gatherings. The core family, Mother, Father, Grandmere, Grandpere, Cecy and Tommy, remain to hold the fort in between. Little mortal Tommy is the only one who doesn't fit in, but only because he was adopted; and oh, what he wouldn't give to be able to fly like Uncle Einar or change bodies like Cecy! For the enchantment he feels when listening to Grandmere's stories of the Family is made up of good old-fashioned wonder and love.
Bradbury's recent book From the Dust Returned is exactly as rich and magical as I would have expected from this author. Small wonder, as he has had decades to perfect every well-honed metaphor. This slow is apparently an advantage to character development and visualization, but a plot cobbled together of several previously published short stories does leave the storyline weakened. Still, for Bradbury devotees like me it is not to be missed. Would you pass up a chocolately ganache torte just because somebody left out the pecans? I would hope not.
-lil' readin' sprite
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books I have ever read.
Ray Bradbury is the master of evocative, lyrical prose.
LOVE THIS STORY. I HAVE THE ORIGINAL HOMECOMING STORY AND THIS IS EVEN BETTER. DON'T REMEMBER IF IT'S FIRST, SECOND OR THIRD PERSON WRITING. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eleanor Takahashi iNSKIP
Became a Bradbury fan at age 10, nearly 60 years ago. Still enjoy reading his works. This novel builds on earlier short stories - and develops the individuals of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dr Pod
This is my favorite Halloween season read. It has a whimsical, somewhat bitter sweet theme that ties in well with autumn. Mr. Bradbury is no longer with us - as far as we know! Read morePublished 10 months ago by 'lina Mom
I love almost everything Ray Bradbury wrote...but this one left me pretty cold. It was as if someone else wrote most of it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Debbie J. Whitlock
Any Ray Bradbury book is a winner and this one is. However, I'm a fan of Dandylion Wine and this one never reaches the depth of feeling that Wine did. Read morePublished 22 months ago by GMAC
Not for me. The stories felt vague and untied and blurry and, yes, lyrical, but not a tune that I particularly care for. Read morePublished 22 months ago by DeAnna Knippling
Ray Bradbury is the kind of writer who had me longing for my past at the age of 7!!! His evocative style grabs you by the mind and the heart, always. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Maria Soledad Nazar