Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

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Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this timeless classic with a special edition featuring a new foreword by the author and a message that is as relevant today as when it was first published. Since the late 1940s, Ray Bradbury has been revered for his works of science fiction and fantasy. With more than 4 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 -- originally published in 1953 -- remains his most acclaimed work: "One of the most brilliant overall jobs of social satire." The Nation "Frightening in its implications...Mr. Bradbury's account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating." The New York Times Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns. Fahrenheit 451 is a short novel set in the (perhaps near) future when "firemen" burn books forbidden by the totalitarian "brave new world" regime. The hero, according to Mr. Bradbury, is "a book burner who suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas and cry out silently when put to the torch." Today, when libraries and schools are still "burning" certain books, Fahrenheit 451 is a work of even greater impact and timeliness.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1996, c1981
ISBN: 9780671870362
067187036X
9781982102609
9781451673319
9780671872298
067187229X
9780345342966
0345342968
9780743247221
0743247221
9780345410016
0345410017
Characteristics: 179 p

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jylia444
Dec 26, 2015

Fahrenheit 451 is a novel set in a dystopian version of our world in the twenty forth century. in this future which control of the general masses has been acquired through media, overpopulation, and censorship. You are no longer meant to be an individual and anyone with intellectual thought patterns are an outsider and an outlaw. Specifically books are targeted as the main source of evil as they prompt people to think. Due to this rather than putting out fires firemen start them for the specific purpose of destroying books. Any smuggled literature is to be burned when found and the owner arrested. This book centres on Guy Montag, a fireman that becomes increasingly disillusioned with the society he lives in through his interactions with Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse is a young girl who willingly explores the world outside of mind numbing media. As Guy becomes disillusioned he pursues knowledge through books and when warned against attempting to attain knowledge he just becomes more rebellious. Fahrenheit 451 is a really well written really entertaining book that explores media and willful ignorance though fantasy. The concepts explored can also be applied to real life especially with our many banned books in school and an increasing amount of information coming from a decreasing number of sources. Even if you don’t want to analyze society and how technology may consume us your will still be shocked and dazzled by this immersive fantasy world. I would recommend this to anyone at all, as this is just a universally good read, which is shown through how it has stood the test of time.

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Reiwai
Aug 05, 2015

“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury takes place in a chaotic futuristic world where books are illegal to possess. Guy Montag works as a fireman in this new world. However, unlike the firefighters of our time, these firefighters’ jobs are to burn books. Montag lives a tedious life style like the rest of society until he meets a young girl named Clarisse. Clarisse’s special way of thinking differently causes Montag to question and change his perspective on life. He becomes increasingly discontent with his life until he finally turns to books for answers. This leads him to rebel against the government, perform illegal acts, and quit his job. In this violent and naïve future, Guy Montag struggles against humanity in order to gain a more principled life.

“Fahrenheit 451” is one of Ray Bradbury’s most famous publications, and for a good reason. It is a very significant work as its main topic is the concern for books in a future dominated by modern technology. Bradbury predicts that technology will overrule books, causing books to be forgotten and humanity to become less intelligent. It is because of the great significance of the message carried by this book that I feel that it is a great read. The author uses many symbols and hidden meanings to amplify its message. However, because of the complexity of the writing, it may be hard for some individuals to read. It may even take mature readers two or more times to read the book before the fully understand its meaning. Ray Bradbury’s story is an inspiring albeit complex story that all should try to read.

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winchester_logic
May 17, 2015

I never had the chance to read this book in high school, so when I found a copy in my basement the other day, I jumped at the chance to read it. It's creepy how on-point Bradbury was with how our society is going nowadays-some 60 years later. This was a very thought provoking book. I found two quotes in particular that really resonated with me. 1) (when talking about books on pg 83): "There is nothing magical in them at all. The magic is only in what books say". 2) (on the importance of finding happiness and reading on pg 86): "The things you're looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book".

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palaminopony
Feb 01, 2015

“Fahrenheit 451” follows the misadventures of Guy Montag, a “fireman” living in a dystopian version of the United States. As a fireman, Montag’s job is to burn any books that other citizens are illegally keeping (in this society, books are completely outlawed). However, while coming home from work one day, Montag meets Clarisse, a teenager with ideas that oppose the government’s wishes. Clarisse’s ideas cause Montag to begin to question his life and job, and everything spirals downwards from there. Along the way, Montag learns different truths from different people of different backgrounds.

This novel can be described as a political, dystopian novel. Montag is an ignorant character (readers may need to fight the urge to scream at him), but he has been cleverly written so that his ignorance allows him to grow as a character, and it does not hold him down. The novel takes place in a dystopian United States, but is subtle enough to give the novel an ‘all too close’ feel to it. The plot of the novel is eerie yet interesting, and will keep readers hooked. There are some slow or uninteresting parts over the course of the novel, but these are short and don’t particularly hinder the rest of the plot.

“Fahrenheit 451” is an extremely intelligent novel, and while it has a few dull and slow moving points, it overall is a good read. The author of this review does recommend this book. Its focus on the freedom of speech, expression, and knowledge makes it a powerful novel for any essay or ‘book talk’. “Fahrenheit 451” is suitable for ages thirteen and up due to mature themes.

Quite an amazing book. The writing style is fantastic. I loved the characters and the way they were described. I loved the story best. Ray Bradbury writes of truths that could quite possibly become reality. Definitely a must read!

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jrrovetto
Aug 09, 2012

Really good book

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winchester_logic
May 21, 2015

"The things you're looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book". pg 86

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winchester_logic
May 21, 2015

"There is nothing magical in them at all. The magic is only in what books say." pg 83

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