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From the Dust Returned (2001)

de Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury, America's most beloved storyteller, has spent a lifetime carrying readers to exhilarating and dangerous places, from dark street comers in unfamiliar cities and towns to the edge of the universe. Now, in an extraordinary flight of the imagination a half-century in the making, he takes us to a most wondrous destination: into the heart of an Eternal Family. They have lived for centuries in a house of legend and mystery in upper Illinois -- and they are not like other midwesterners. Rarely encountered in daylight hours, their children are curious and wild; their old ones have survived since before the Sphinx first sank its paws deep in Egyptian sands. And some sleep in beds with lids. Now the house is being readied in anticipation of the gala homecoming that will gather together the farflung branches of this odd and remarkable family. In the past-midnight stillness can be detected the soft fluttering of Uncle Einars wings. From her realm of sleep, Cecy, the fairest and most special daughter, can feel the approach of many a welcome being -- shapeshifter, telepath, somnambulist, vampire -- as she flies high in the consciousness of bird and bat. But in the midst of eager anticipation, a sense of doom pervades. For the world is changing. And death, no stranger, will always shadow this most singular family: Father, arisen from the Earth; Mother, who never sleeps but dreams; A Thousand Times Great Grandmére; Grandfather, who keeps the wildness of youth between his ears. And the boy who, more than anyone, carries the burden of time on his shoulders: Timothy, the sad and different foundling son who must share it all, remember, and tell...and who, alone out of all of them, must one day age and wither and die. By turns lyrical, wistful, poignant, and chilling, From the Dust Returned is the long-awaited new novel by the peerless Ray Bradbury -- a book that will surely be numbered among his most enduring masterworks.… (més)
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The family that Bradbury chronicles in this novel are truely the October People. They are everything that dwells in the shadows, takes wing during the night, whispers secrets of death and dying, and whom live among us in disguise. These characters with their strange powers are frightening in premise, but Bradbury writes them like they are any extended, worldly family full of strange aunts, uncles, and nephews. They interact with eachother as any family does, fighting or convalescing at times, but they have a distance of blood that separates them from the world. All told, this novel is written with poetic distinction and the perfect amount of linguistic flourish to capture those of us who are October Readers at heart. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
This really just did not land at all for me. It's clearly meant to be read aloud in spooky, floating, quavering tones, and I suppose the way it's written, with elliptical spookiness and mystical non sequiturs and a weird mix of vagueness and specificity, is supposed to contribute to that Halloweeny mood, but I found it mostly annoying and just badly done. Read The Graveyard Book instead. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
This is a re-read for me. Read from October to December 24th, 2014. (Started on one holiday, finished on another!)

Ray Bradbury's beautiful language makes this a delightful read. I love the sentences and the pictures they form in my mind.

". . .the weather came in through broken glass, from wandering clouds going nowhere, somewhere, anywhere, and make the attic talk to itself. . . ."

"Invisible as autumn winds, fresh as the breath of clover rising from twilight fields, she flew. She soared in doves as soft as white ermine. . . ."

"The House was a puzzle inside an enigma inside a mystery, for it encompassed silences, each one different. . . . "

This is the story of the House, located somewhere in October Country, and a boy named Timothy. A very normal boy, being raised by very un-normal people. There is a mummy, a vampire, a man who can fly, a woman who travels with her mind, and every other sort of delightful creature you can imagine.

There is fun, but there is also danger. After all, in a world that has rejected God in favor of science, the belief in spirits and the unseen has dwindled and the Family is starting to fray and turn to dust.

This book was many, many years in the making. Many of the chapters were originally short stories published in magazines. I think for this reason, the story is often disjointed and lacking a cohesive flow. As much as I enjoy the language and the storytelling, I wish it had been written from beginning to end to make it more of a seamless read. In one chapter, the barn burns down. In the next chapter, the Family gathers in the barn for a meeting.

The end of the book does not flow as nicely as the beginning chapters and I felt some of the magic was lost. Of course, I did take two months to finish it and that may have been part of the problem. I still enjoyed this book, but I felt the transition from various short stories to one novel could have been done better. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Maybe you've had the experience of not liking something because it turned out not to be what the marketing said it was? Seems to happen with films a lot e.g. films that are a lot more cerebral than the dumb action movies they are made out to be - or the opposite. The trouble with this is it isn't the fault of the artists involved. Maybe if you'd come to it "blind" you'd have liked it. Or if given an honest impression of its nature, you said, I'll skip this one until I'm in the mood for it and did so, you'd have liked it. I try to counter this as best I can and judge the work on its merits, not those of the advertisers trying to manipulate me (with success).

As an aside, I'm reminded of a question I like to ask people: which films have trailers that are better than the actual fims? I put forward Stallone's Cliffhanger and Michael Bay's Pearl Harbour.

Well, the same can happen with books, as From the Dust Returned proves, because this is NOT, nor ever has been, Bradbury's latest novel, as it says on the cover of this edition. It's a compilation of short stories written over a period of several decades,concerning an overlapping set of characters, locales and most of all, moods and themes. The principle pieces are all old, by which I mean, published in previous collections and I had read most of them before. There are also a fairly large number of short pieces that are new, added mainly to turn the collection into a kind of complete fictional history - but not a novel! So I was faced with the fact that I wanted to read a novel and was faced with a short story collection. I resolved this problem by picking up a real novel by somebody else.

The history here is primarily that of the Elliot Family and the House they live in. The Elliots are Special; one has wings, one can slip her mind into anyone or anything, whilst not moving from her bed. Others may be vampires. If you've read much Bradbury you may well have come across an Elliot Family story or others with a similar mood of Gothicism and nostalgia for superstition and story, such as Usher II. The same fear of too much enforced "sanitisation" is dominant in Fahrenheight 451, too. But there is a problem here. There is a uniformity of atmosphere, technique and imagery that gets stale when presented with so much of it at one time. In other words, you have to either spread it out over a long period of reading or risk purple prose overload. Similar problems are sometimes remarked upon when reading Saki short stories and H.P. Lovecraft shorts, too.

That said, some of the new material is excellent - I particularly liked the beginning pieces about the early history of the House and it's first occupants and, standing alone, some of the older stories are Bradbury greats. See my review of [b:The April Witch|120553|The April Witch (Classic Stories of Ray Bradbury)|Ray Bradbury|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1266476558s/120553.jpg|116083], which is included here as The Wandering Witch, for instance. The trouble is that this family of stories about the Family jostle and crowd each other, when squashed into this small space contained between the covers of a single volume, with no leavening. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
I have long loved Ray Bradbury's writing. One of the earliest fantasy/science fiction books I read was The Martian Chronicles. From the Dust Returned reminds me of that book with its loosely connected stories that are linked through their themes. The theme of this book is darker with a family of odd characters, some darkly so.

The unifying characters are daughter Cecy whose mind wanders the earth and son Timothy. He'd be considered "normal" by most people, but he is the one who is different and carefully loved by his family.

I would suggest this book to people who are fans of Ray Bradbury or people who enjoy atmospheric dark fantasy. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Jun 9, 2019 |
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Ray Bradbury, America's most beloved storyteller, has spent a lifetime carrying readers to exhilarating and dangerous places, from dark street comers in unfamiliar cities and towns to the edge of the universe. Now, in an extraordinary flight of the imagination a half-century in the making, he takes us to a most wondrous destination: into the heart of an Eternal Family. They have lived for centuries in a house of legend and mystery in upper Illinois -- and they are not like other midwesterners. Rarely encountered in daylight hours, their children are curious and wild; their old ones have survived since before the Sphinx first sank its paws deep in Egyptian sands. And some sleep in beds with lids. Now the house is being readied in anticipation of the gala homecoming that will gather together the farflung branches of this odd and remarkable family. In the past-midnight stillness can be detected the soft fluttering of Uncle Einars wings. From her realm of sleep, Cecy, the fairest and most special daughter, can feel the approach of many a welcome being -- shapeshifter, telepath, somnambulist, vampire -- as she flies high in the consciousness of bird and bat. But in the midst of eager anticipation, a sense of doom pervades. For the world is changing. And death, no stranger, will always shadow this most singular family: Father, arisen from the Earth; Mother, who never sleeps but dreams; A Thousand Times Great Grandmére; Grandfather, who keeps the wildness of youth between his ears. And the boy who, more than anyone, carries the burden of time on his shoulders: Timothy, the sad and different foundling son who must share it all, remember, and tell...and who, alone out of all of them, must one day age and wither and die. By turns lyrical, wistful, poignant, and chilling, From the Dust Returned is the long-awaited new novel by the peerless Ray Bradbury -- a book that will surely be numbered among his most enduring masterworks.

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