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From the dust returned : a family remembrance
Ray Bradbury
Adult Fiction BRADBUR

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From Publishers' Weekly:

If there's a fountain of youth, Bradbury has found it. In the 1940s, at the start of his extraordinary writing career, Bradbury produced a series of popular fantasy short stories about the Elliot family, an assortment of vampires and other odd creatures of various degrees of humanity living in a Victorian castle in the golden Indiana of his youth. More than half a century later, he has fashioned from these stories a novel, funny, beautiful, sad and wise, to rank with his finest work. Full of wide-eyed wonder and dazzling imagery, the stories retain as an integrated whole all their original freshness and charm. The plot is simplicity itself: the vampires and their weird kin gather for a homecoming and share memories. Among them are Timothy, a foundling, whose pet spider is named Arach (originally Spid), and Cecy, immobile in bed but able to enter the minds of others and control their actions. Once, Cecy got a young woman to treat an unwanted but worthy suitor more politely than she would have otherwise: "Peering down from the secret attic of this lovely head, Cecy yanked a hidden copper ventriloquist's wire and the pretty mouth popped wide: `Thank you.' " Einar, a winged man, acts as a kite for children, writing "a great and magical exclamation mark across a cloud!" Most memorable of a remarkable cast are A Thousand Times Great Grand-Mere, who had been "a pharaoh's daughter dressed in spider linens," and her husband, Grand-Pere, who after four thousand years still has ideas. "At your age!" she snaps. This book will shame the cynics and delight the true believers who never lost faith in their beloved author. (Oct. 8) FYI: Last fall Bradbury received the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Bradbury is the author of over 500 published works in a variety of genres, among them such classics as Fahrenheit 451. In a novel first conceived over 50 years ago, he reintroduces readers to the unforgettable Elliott family. (The Elliotts originally appeared in Bradbury's debut short-story collection, Dark Carnival, 1948, which was later reprinted in 1955 as The October Country.) Written in trademark Bradbury style, the book reads like liquid poetry while telling the interconnected stories of a number of unusual yet strangely familiar family members. The actions and reactions of Timothy, a family foundling who functions as their historian (and also happens to be human and therefore remarkable), serve as the common thread linking many of these tales. The book's publication coincides with the publisher's launch of a new author web site at www.raybradbury.com. A new novel by Bradbury is an event worth noting, and this is a necessary purchase for all public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/01.] Rachel Singer Gordon, Franklin Park Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Paranormal and supernatural beings originally from ancient Egypt and Old Europe; no one believes in them any more.

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Taken in to become the family's historian.



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