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Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

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"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

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"A masterpiece....A glorious American classic everyone should read: It’s life-changing if you read it as a teen, and still stunning when you reread it as an adult." Alice Hoffman, The Boston Globe

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"The sheer lift and power of a truly original imagination exhilarates....His is a very great and unusual talent." Christopher Isherwood, Tomorrow

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"One of this country’s most beloved writers....A great storyteller, sometimes even a mythmaker, a true American classic." Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

About the Author

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was the author of more than three dozen books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well as hundreds of short stories. He wrote for the theater, cinema, and TV, including the screenplay for John Huston’s Moby Dick and the Emmy Award-winning teleplay The Halloween Tree, and adapted for television sixty-five of his stories for The Ray Bradbury Theater. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and numerous other honors.

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ktsmurf_loves_linux, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by ktsmurf_loves_linux)
This book is a classic for a reason. Its commentary on censorship, media overload, and the need for freedom of thought still ring true today.
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treekid, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by treekid)
I really enjoy reading books that reflect the nature of humans. In Fahrenheit 451, it does just that. It shows humans fear of the unknown and the majorities' unwillingness to try new things, or their willingness to follow the crowd. If you are a person who enjoys reading a book that leaves you thinking, I would recommend this book to you.
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Cat-Napper, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by Cat-Napper)
As a reader of novels like "Brave New World" and "Ubik," I decided to read this novel because of the subject matter and plot. Boy, did it completely blow me away! While it was published in the 1950's, "Fahrenheit 451" is frightening to read because it is still applicable to our modern society today. The thought of a society where books are illegal and television is the only way of the future is bad enough, but the underlying message hits at a much deeper level. Ray Bradbury's prose is simple, yet the nuances in its delivery are impressive, especially in the dialogue. The story is relatively short and moves at a quick speed, but I found myself slowing down because the details are very important, and I wanted to soak up every sentence. This book, while labelled science fiction/fantasy, should not be limited to readers of that genre only. It is a book of countless emotions that hit at a very human level, and that's what separates it from other novels of this nature. If you want a short and interesting novel that provokes emotion and free thinking, this is the book to read. It's my first Bradbury novel and it won't be my last.
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ISBN:
9781451673319
Author:
Bradbury, Ray
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120131
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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"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 masterpiece....A glorious American classic everyone should read: It’s life-changing if you read it as a teen, and still stunning when you reread it as an adult."
"Review" by , "The sheer lift and power of a truly original imagination exhilarates....His is a very great and unusual talent."
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