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From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
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Sep 01, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: fantastically-fantastical

I'm not entirely sure what to think of this book ... I mean, it was interesting -- always enjoy the 'otherworldly creatures of the night' kind of thing -- but I guess it read more like a series of connected short stories than an entire novel. Which isn't BAD, just not expected, I suppose.

Although, reading the author's afterword, the book began as various short stories published in different magazines, so I think Bradbury essentially did some creative weaving. I like that this edition has the artwork done by Charles Addams (yup, that Addams -- of Addams Family fame!) and that Bradbury and Addams had communicated about this set of stories before they saw light, because it totally reminded me of the Addams Family in a way. Also, in a vague sort of way (probably to do with the main character, Timothy, being a 10-year-old mortal boy amongst other creatures) it reminded me of Gaiman's Graveyard Book (which is awesome, by the way).

Anyhow. I feel sort of bad for not liking it more as it won a National Book Award. But I like this blurb about it (it's what hooked me in the first place, I think):

"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 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."

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