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From the Dust Returned: A Novel (2001 original; edició 2001)

de Ray Bradbury (Autor)

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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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Títol:From the Dust Returned: A Novel
Autors:Ray Bradbury (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2001), Edition: 1st, 224 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:Fiction, Bradbury, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Short Fiction, First Edition, 2022

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From the Dust Returned de Ray Bradbury (2001)

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Essentially a collection of earlier materials, some of which had been published and some not, regarding the Elliot family - a supernatural collection of ghouls and such in an old manse getting up to mischief. I know, that sounds like The Addams Family, and the cover art was drawn by the same man who created Wednesday and Mortitia. But Charles Addams had already created the Addams when he met [[Ray Bradbury]], and they intended on collaborating on a book with the Elliots where Addams would provide the art and Bradbury the text. Sadly, it never happened.

I'm a huge Bradbury fan, and I quite enjoyed the shenanigans here, and the hypnotic voice. But it's not Bradbury's best work, and perhaps it suffers because it didn't get the unified narrative that one expects. Nonetheless, quite enjoyable.

Highly recommended.
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1 vota blackdogbooks | Jul 3, 2022 |
What an odd little book! It is really a bunch of his writings put into a novel form. I am glad that I read "Halloween Tree" first, otherwise I think I would have put this one down. It is an interesting idea and interestly coincides with the book I am currently reading "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. I would sometimes get their story lines mixed up. ( )
  BarbF410 | May 22, 2022 |
Nobody writes like Ray Bradbury wrote. His word choice is sublime, and his sentences are lyrical masterpieces. His stories, especially in this volume, are amusing, and thought-provoking, but above all, they speak directly to your heart.

This is a low-key story of a strange and wonderful family who might be vampires, but they may be something else too. And I think that's one of the things I love about Bradbury...he tells you wonderful stories, but he also leaves a lot of room for the reader to roam around in and make their own discoveries.

In some ways, I found this book to be the spiritual brother to The Martian Chronicles, but with a more horror leaning, instead of a science fiction one.

I adored every line of this book. I wish more authors could write like this. I think the closest we have now is Neil Gaiman, though there's times Charles L. Grant and Clive Barker wandered into Bradbury's sandbox to play as well.

But nobody can do Bradbury like Bradbury. I miss him. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
An elegiac narrative with peculiar characterisations, a spider, a girl who inhabits other people's minds, a winged man, ghosts, an orphaned boy, ghastly passengers, a mummy, and a house. The narrative is gentle, more like a series of hauntings before finally being put to bed. There is something ceremonious about the interactions between the characters, I found myself drifting through the moments of the book, enjoying Ray's lilt. ( )
  RupertOwen | Apr 27, 2021 |
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 |
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afegit per DoctorDebt | editaPublisher's Weekly (Oct 8, 2001)
 

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Ray Bradburyautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Addams, CharlesAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Körber, JoachimTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mousli, LillianAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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To the two midwives of this book: Don Congdon, who was in at the beginning in 1946, and Jennifer Brehl, who helped bring it to completion in 2000. With gratitude and love.
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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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