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ISBN13: 9780345410016
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Fahrenheit 451 is probably one of the most important books ever written. If the world of this novel comes to pass, I will be this book. (You'll have to read it to see what I mean.)
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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.

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.

Review:

"One of the most brilliant overall jobs of social satire." The Nation

Review:

"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

Review:

"A chilling work about a dystopian society." Washington Post

Review:

"A landmark book." Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"A modern classic." Washington Post

Synopsis:

Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. And Guy Montag knew what he had to do....

From the Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

Internationally acclaimed with more than 5 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires...

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning... along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames... never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think... and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!

About the Author

Ray Bradbury is America's foremost writer of science fiction and fantasy. Among his most popular adult books are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Death is a Lonely Business. In addition, he has written several books for children, including Switch on the Night. In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has had on so many for so many years, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the National Medal of Arts in 2004.

Ray Bradbury died in June, 2012.

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Alaina, April 5, 2013 (view all comments by Alaina)
My absolute favorite book. The writing is incredibly poetic and Bradbury does an amazing job of painting a scene with each carefully crafted phrase. A book to digest chapter by chapter, don't rush through it! Each part of the book has an amazing ability to stand alone, an absolute must read!
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Gregorio Roth, November 14, 2010 (view all comments by Gregorio Roth)
Fahrenheit 451 is a parable* about reading and the role of the critic/teacher. The book takes place in a future where books are burned and only comic books are allowed for reading. The main characters Montag and Faber battle against each other in war between the preservation of books and the need to burn them all.


The characters in the story represent the battle between readers and those that stand in the way of a free flow of information. Montag represents the blank piece of paper. Faber represents a pencil with an eraser. Faber desires to graft the critics wholesome viewpoint on the blank unwritten mind.

The outsider community represents the librarians who desire to keep the word pure of unnecessary edits.

The major take away from the book is how destructive it is to tell the youthful mind what to think about this or that idea/book. We keep our world sterilized written between the liens and only between the lines. We stand conditioned as trained morons, to use Prussian systematization to condition our future to be like drones thinking with homogenized answer. The homogenized answer is a problem in a divergent complex world.


A Classic Tale-liked it a lot!!!


LOL FML



(Listened to this on Audio C.D. Read for B.S.I. Lakeland.)



*(ashort story that uses familiar events to illustrate a religious or ethical point)
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Lucy Little, September 3, 2007 (view all comments by Lucy Little)
This should be required reading for everyone! In this futuristic story, firefighters' roles are to burn books. People live in a state of apathetic numbness. When the main character meets someone who cares, his view of the status quo is impacted. Written over 50 years ago it eerily resonates today with technological advances and lack of tolerance for ideological differences.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345410016
Author:
Bradbury, Ray
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Censorship
Subject:
Totalitarianism
Subject:
Book burning
Subject:
Bradbury, ray, 1920-
Subject:
Book burning -- Fiction.
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st trade ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19960827
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.01x5.77x.52 in. .41 lbs.

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Product details 192 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345410016 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Fahrenheit 451 is probably one of the most important books ever written. If the world of this novel comes to pass, I will be this book. (You'll have to read it to see what I mean.)

"Review" by , "One of the most brilliant overall jobs of social satire."
"Review" by , "Frightening in its implications...Mr. Bradbury's account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating."
"Review" by , "A chilling work about a dystopian society."
"Review" by , "A landmark book."
"Review" by , "A modern classic."
"Synopsis" by , Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. And Guy Montag knew what he had to do....

From the Paperback edition.

"Synopsis" by , Internationally acclaimed with more than 5 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires...

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning... along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames... never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think... and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!

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