Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A Novel

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It remains a scathing commentary on those who would censor the works of the human mind, and consequently a book that anyone living in the modern world should read at least once in their life.
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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.

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.
 

About Ray Bradbury

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In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."
 
Published January 1, 1969 by Ballantine Science Fiction. 160 pages
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Above average
on May 09 2011

It felt more like an airport novel, where it is intended to be a page-turner (and yes, it indeed is), where the reader just zooms by, perhaps missing the import of the individual words of the book.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Sep 25 2010

It remains a scathing commentary on those who would censor the works of the human mind, and consequently a book that anyone living in the modern world should read at least once in their life.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 21 2011

FAHRENHEIT 451 is a brilliant, disturbing novel. It is as meaningful today --- perhaps more so --- as it was when it was written in 1950.

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Pajiba

Above average
on Aug 15 2010

In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury has proven himself somewhat of a prognosticator of our own times.

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SF Site

Excellent

Fahrenheit 451 is one of the more remarkable books of our time.

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Common Sense Media

Excellent
on Apr 30 2012

FAHRENHEIT 451 is a classic science fiction novel and a powerful commentary on humankind's urge to suppress what it doesn't understand.

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SF Signal

Excellent
on Jul 24 2003

I think it would even appeal to non-SF fans since it does not contain what non-SF fans usually think SF contains exclusively (spaceships and aliens and robots, oh my!). It’s a good read.

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Socialist Review

Good

As with all good dystopian novels Fahrenheit 451 allows the reader to consider concepts such as censorship in a totally different world, but then leaves you wondering about your own.

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Libraries Serving Children with Autism

Excellent

Fahrenheit 451 was an excellent book about a “Utopian” Society where everyone was kept happy with shallow material things in exchange for thinking, true feelings, and book-burning.

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EzineArticles

Good
on Jan 03 2011

I think that Fahrenheit 451 feels less dark and has a slightly more optimistic view, which makes it a more enjoyable read.

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