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From the Dust Returned

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High on a hill by a forked tree, the House beckons its family homeward, and they come--travelers from the lyrical, lush imagination of Ray Bradbury.

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 l
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published November 5th 2001 by Earthlight (first published 2001)
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Oct 16, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the Dust Returned is a fix up novel by Ray Bradbury. He took several short stories such as “Uncle Einar”, “The Homecoming”, “The April Witch” and other of the October Country variety and bound them together into a new novel that would have made Charles Addams proud.

Like most of his works and like the best poetry, it should be read aloud and enjoyed for the rich, descriptive language Bradbury commands. If a reader enjoyed The October Country or just the short story “Homecoming” or if anyone
Have you ever watched the TV programme "The Addams Family"? A strange way to start a book review, perhaps, but bear with me and all will become clear.

Charles Addams was an American cartoonist and comic strip artist known for his black humour and macabre characters. His work regularly appeared in The New Yorker, where according to a biographer, he was "drawing with a happy vengeance". Ray Bradbury is a master story-teller, a science-fiction writer whose works are without fail extraordinary fligh
Feb 11, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 di ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Catt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a touch of Goth in them
This is the first Ray Bradbury book i've read. *cringes* But it was the most beautiful story i've heard in a long time. Mr. Bradbury knows how to paint the most vivid pictures in ones mind with his words. The dream-like atmosphere is enough to lull one into a mind-set where truly, a family such as this, can exist. It is a quick read, but so worth revisiting. Overflowing with imagery and poetry, this book is just amazing....

It's like Shakespeare meets Poe & are married by Tim Burton. i reread
Nov 02, 2010 X rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a Halloween classic. When I first read it, it seemed a little disjointed, but now after the fourth or fifth re-reading, I think it fits together nicely. I'm still not sure if I completely understand it, but I always enjoy Bradbury's beautiful writing style.
Dec 24, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2014 Mitticus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bradbury fans

Esta es una recopilación de historias que Bradbury hilvanó entre 1945 y 2000, asi que son cuentos llenos de esa poesía que puede evocar Bradbury.

Es la historia precisa para Halloween , la historia de la Gente de Octubre. Es una historia de una familia de monstruos, una historia llena de nostalgia vista con los ojos y los sueños y terrores de un niño. Desde momias faraonicas, a la hermana que vuela con su mente y puede estar en todas y ninguna parte, de fantasmas y vampiros, del tio que vuela
Alex Telander
Sep 16, 2010 Alex Telander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FROM THE DUST RETURNED BY RAY BRADBURY: Ray Bradbury’s “other” Halloween book, From the Dust Returned, is over some fifty years in the making, beginning as a spark from a single story in his early twenties that he would continue to add on throughout his career. This spark of a first story, “Homecoming,” was originally published in Mademoiselle magazine and featured unique artwork (which is here reproduced on the cover of the book) by a then relatively unknown artist by the name of Charles Addams ...more
Joanne Moyer
Related short stories about the 'Eternal Family'. They have lived for centuries in a big old house in Illinois, coming and going at different times, where preparations are being made for a homecoming.
Wonderfully written as only Ray Bradbury can, these stories introduce us to the members of the family, shapeshifters, telepaths, somnambulists, vampires and A Thousand Times Great Grandmére, who has been around since ancient Egypt. Originally conceived as a joint venture between Bradbury and illust
J.j. Metsavana
Tahtmatult tahaks hakata tõmbama paraleele hiljuti loetud Gaimani "Kalmisturaamatuga", jah ma tean, et viimane ju kirjutatud rohkem kui pool sajandit hiljem aga teema on mõlemal sama (rääkimata sellest, et mõlemaid raamatuid olen lugenud selle aasta alguses). Koolnutest-vaimudest seltskond võtab enda sekka inimleidlapse, kes siis kogeb surnute seas üht ja teist (näiteks esimene armastus) ning peab seejärel, kui tiivad juba kannavad, armsaks saanud surnud maha jätma ning laia ilma rändama. Gaiman ...more
John Everett
Granted sufficient time, I might do a study comparing this book, written late in Bradbury's career, to the late works of other artists. Without putting Bradbury in the ranks of, say, Shakespeare and Beethoven, it would still be possible to point out similarities and differences.

In From the Dust Returned, we have the recapitulation of earlier themes and the repetition of earlier materials, comparable, for instance, to Richard Strauss's reuse of his Death and Transfiguration theme (from early in h
Jenny T
Jun 17, 2012 Jenny T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
"The House was a puzzle inside an enigma inside a mystery, for it encompassed silences, each one different, and beds, each a different size, some having lids."

This is the story of a House that has existed for centuries, slowly evolving, and the Family that has lived there for almost as long, as all its members arrive at Halloween from around the globe, under the earth, and over the winds for a grand Homecoming. Reminiscent of the Addams family, but with more poetry and mystery (as well as one ca
This is one of my all time favorite Bradbury novels. When I was a kid imbibing on his short stories, the ones that stood out concerned this family and this house. I always wanted more of them. I wanted them all together. I wanted them in a format where no rockets intervened between stories. Then later, this book came out. My edition has a Charles Addams artwork on the cover which I find very fitting. I found the book delightful and nostalgic, well written, and the added parts made good transitio ...more
Nov 16, 2009 Marielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the short-story, "Homecoming," I was so happy to hear that Ray Bradbury had focused an entire novel on my favorite vampire-like family. Not vampire in the Twilight sense, but in the macrbre, rococo style as he puts it, where immortal destiny relies on a thin thread of human belief and fear. The problem is for everyone in the family, who lives at this house, who lives in the dark, the shadows, the wind, the un-dead, most mortal people believe in nothing. If everyone stop believing t ...more
Pulling a lifetime of short stories into one novel, From the Dust Returned is the story of one large, unusual, supernatural family which makes its home in a grand old house in the Midwest. The book begins with a promising combination of Halloween-esque figures and lush storytelling, but that's not enough to fill a book. The characters are intriguing, but they feel unrealistic; the lush language swiftly becomes repetitive; the plot eventually comes into itself but for the most part reflects too m ...more
Joanne Moyer
Related short stories about the 'Eternal Family'. They have lived for centuries in a big old house in Illinois, coming and going at different times, where preparations are being made for a homecoming.
Wonderfully written as only Ray Bradbury can, these stories introduce us to the members of the family, shapeshifters, telepaths, somnambulists, vampires and A Thousand Times Great Grandmére, who has been around since ancient Egypt. Originally conceived as a joint venture between Bradbury and illust
Oct 24, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conceived originally as a joint project with illustrations by Charles Addams, abandoned for some time after his death and resurrected by Bradbury late in his career, this book is a bit of a strange one for me. I think I like it better than it is actually a good book, if that makes sense. There are sketches here for something great, an annual classic, as Bradbury wanted it to become. This is a "fix-up," and the strength is in the individual short stories woven into the overall narrative, some of ...more
I quite enjoyed this. It's a story about a rather unusual family who live in A House. Everyone in this family is, like said, a little unusual in their own way. One can fly, one can become invisible, etc. etc. But most important: they can't die! However, this family took in one ordinary human boy, and this is the interesting story about him meeting his family and dealing with the unnatural: to make the choice to become like them, undead, or to remain mortal.

I really liked finding about individual
Dennis Martin
I came upon this book at the library and the premise sounded right up my alley. I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman and this sounded just like one of his books. The only other Ray Bradbury book I had read up to now was Fahrenheit 451, which was completely incomparable in style to this book.
As I mentioned, the plot reminds me of a Gaiman book, specifically "The Graveyard Book", which was a fun read by the way. The similarities end with the the plot, however. Although the cover advertises this as a nove
Althea Ann
I read an interview with Ray Bradbury not so long ago, where he was talking about re-reading one of his own, older books (Dandelion Wine, I think), and he said he realized that he was never going to write anything that good again - he was amazed that he had written it. It was one of the saddest things from an author that I've heard... Unfortunately, reading this more recent book (2001), I see what he means. The book is not without its charms - but parts of it were initially written in the 1940's ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book by reading about Charles Addams, the wonderful artist, who drew the images on the dust cover for this book. Then I started reading about the short stories that became the book, and i had to search it out. I found it is out of print, so i am extra happy a copy was availabe on Amazon.

The writing is extraordinary. the descriptions of places and people and family members who aren't quite people are epic, and wonderful, and vivid. I cannot think of a single author i've read in the
Mike Jensen
This is such a strange book that it is tempting to explain why at length. I dislike the book so much that it would be a disservice to me if I did. Briefly: Bradbury seems confused about his characters. Early in his afterward, the best part of the book, he indicates that they MIGHT be vampires. Later he speaks of the stories as ghost stories: ghosts that sometimes live within the living and sometimes not. Because the author is not fixed on who these people are, neither am I, and this diminishes m ...more
I would recommend this to those who like drawn-out description of people and places, of the macabre with the touch of humor infused in it.

Cecy as the mind & body traveller is unforgettable, as is the gorgeous Castillian flower Angelina Marguerite (her name evokes memories of A. Rice's "Mayfair Witches" who's in haste to live--for as days pass--so does her years/life span.

According to the Family (as spoken through Grandmere Nef):
"You the living are blind...You who walk the earth know only t
Jun 04, 2013 Bastian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury is the twisted tale of Timothy and his family of the undead who reside in the House. I really enjoyed reading this book – it wasn’t like anything I’d ever picked up before, and I found that when I could read it, I didn’t want to put it down. This book has beautiful descriptions of scenes and some of the most interesting way of telling the characters’ stories that I’ve read in a long while. I knew that I would be interested in the book at the mention of a mu ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy, 2012
Bradbury's chronicles of the Elliott family, who may or may not be vampires, is a fast, entertaining read. It is not classic Bradbury; it doesn't come close to Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles, or The October Country. The novel consists of short stories, one of which dates back to the mid-forties, bridged with newer material for unifying purposes. The results are mixed, but some of the original stories, written at the height of Bradbury's lyrical powers, remind me of why I ...more
Blake Adamson
Oct 26, 2012 Blake Adamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you've seen my other reviews (in all their conciseness), you'll know that i tend to lavish praise on almost all of my literary conquests. this is one of several instances where lavish praise is in fact due. much like "Something Wicked This Way Comes", Bradbury's prose has the vague, dreamy quality of an elderly master story-teller who sits in front of his campfire, with phrases and parables that crawl into the bottom back of your brain and lodge themselves there, much like Cecy Elliot from th ...more
Zandt McCue
Mar 08, 2013 Zandt McCue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Grandfather was a practical man who had no time for fantasy. He lived in the real world. His magnificent book collection full of classic American literature reflected that. The Grapes of Wrath, The Catcher in the Rye, The Color Purple, ect.

My mother was the impractical one. Fantasy and adventure in far off kingdoms. SciFi books stacked on her floor.

Whether she influenced my Grandfather or he secretly and briefly escaped into wonder I'll never know. Among his shelves, out of place with the re
Kevin Anderson
I read this years ago. I mainly remember it being profoundly odd.
Feb 26, 2016 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very typical Bradbury novel: full of poetics, vivid language (sometimes too distraught with sounded grand, but gorgeous at other times), creepy characters, but a sense of whimsy and joy. Optimism is Bradbury's main serving, which can make him bitter to some. Others might be frustrated at the way he re-worked old short stories into the book. Is this lazy?

In a certain sense, but not really, because it works both narratively and thematically. This is a book dedicated to his Eliot family, the weir
Иван Величков
Разкази на Бредбъри, от които 22 на тема вечното семейство и още 15, които незнам защо са влючени в този сборник.
"От прахта родени" - 22 разказа, донякъде хронологично свързани, писани в продължение на 55 години. Има една къща в Илиноис, някъде през октомври. Таваните и са пълни с мумии и привидения, мазетата с ковчези, комините с гласове. Един паяк непрестанно тъче дантели по ъглите и, една котка, стара колкото сфинкса обикаля стаите, една призрачна мишка шумоли в основите. В къщата се събира
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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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“Sunsets are loved because they vanish.

Flowers are loved because they go.

The dogs of the field and the cats of the kitchen are loved because soon they must depart.

These are not the sole reasons, but at the heart of morning welcomes and afternoon laughters is the promise of farewell. In the gray muzzle of an old dog we see goodbye. In the tired face of an old friend we read long journeys beyond returns.”
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