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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.

Specifications of Fahrenheit 451 (Paperback)

Book Details
Publisher Del Rey
Imprint Del Rey
Publication Year 1987
ISBN-13 9780345342966
ISBN-10 0345342968
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 208 Pages
Weight 104 g
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12 February 12
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A great book from a great mind...

Ray Bradbury's short stories are some of the best I have ever read. They are creepy but are a great way to look into the evolution of the classical american short story form that has revolutionised literature as we know it today. It took me a while to get around to reading it but I finally gave Farenheit 451 a shot and by the time I completed it I was glad I had done so.
The bleak and dystopian future painted by Bradbury is evocative of a creative mind bemoaning the loss of originality all around it, from the advent of the television to the excessive viewing of daily soap operas, to the dulling of the spirit as the mind loses its curiosity and wonder about the world. Bradbury is a bibliophile. However, while this landmark classic talks about the importance of reading books, it seems to be but a metaphor for the creativity that is seeping away from the human mind in all forms and not only through bookish knowledge.
The story is set several years in the future where there are a group of elite firemen whose only job is to burn books. Guy Montag, our protagonist is one of them and feels his life is unfulfilled. His wife overdoses on sleeping pills, doubts about his work are beginning to germinate in his mind and he feels alienated from the rest of society. Society itself is a vision of a different reality from the one we know today. People rarely congregate in public places, rarely meet in groups, rarely have original thoughts. The academia are on the run, pursued by the police, rhetoric has been outlawed and it is a world where a thinking mind will suffer greatly for its thoughts of revolution.
The prescience of this work is simply staggering. Written when Bradbury was merely 20 years old his style seems rough, unrefined and while he weaves language like a virtuoso, his control seems to slip him every once in a while making the sentences long winded and not immediately clear to the reader. These are, but minor quibbles in a great work. As Bradbury peels off layer after layer from the sham that society has become in his terrifying future we see the resolute Montag fight for survival. All this is set against the backdrop of an ever mounting war in the world that the inhabitants of the city are absolutely unaware of and which they prefer to ignore by immersing themselves in the mind numbing effects of television.
When George Orwell wrote 1984, a terrifying vision of communist policy was revealed to the world. Communists would rule not through the suppression of freedom and free speech alone but by the active suppression of thought itself. Bradbury's future while markedly different is no less frightening for its implications. People stopped reading books long ago and they were being burned even before they were outlawed by the government. In making this sweeping statement Bradbury firmly believes that humanity holds the key to its own destruction. This argument, however, is a double edged sword as it could hold the key to its salvation as well as is demonstrated in the ending paragraphs of the book.
So what makes Farenheit 451 a relevant book for us today? Bradbury seems to be gifted with the prophetic abilities of a modern day Nostradamus. From the disillusioned society to the distracted populace, each in their own private bubble, to the obsessive watching of mindless television and even the ghost of reality television in the final chase sequence Bradbury could well be painting an extreme version of todays society to us.
The interactions that Guy Montag has are the ones that spur him towards his revolutionary ideology. One could infer that everyone one we meet, every conversation we have changes us in small but significant ways. The doubts are sowed in Guy's mind when he meets Clarisse Mc Clellan, his unhappiness becomes evident when his wife attempts suicide and does not seem to recollect the attempt the next morning and his interactions with the omniscient evil of Captain Beatty seems to echo of the interactions between Ellsworth Toohey and Howard Roark in the Fountainhead. Each person represents an ideology and its only a matter of time before one triumphs over the other.
This book does not work as a story might. The characters are too abstract and so is the world, the language can be grating at times and the bleak nature might be off putting. However, there is certainly a great deal of thought between the lines of this book and the revolutionary ideas it contains are all the more valid for their obvious simplicity. Read this book and experience a paradigm shift.
My Rating - 4 stars on 5

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12 December 11
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Beautifully written.

When it comes to dystopian fiction, I will say I still prefer 1984 by George Orwell, but this is a review for this book.

Its not a very extensive book, an average reader could probably wrap it up in a few hours.

For me the best part in this book was when the author spoke about the importance and beauty of books. I have never read more beautiful words that describe what power words and imagination have.

The author at the time was pretty taken by what the TV will turn the world into. In the book the people behind the screen become 'family'. Its a chilling tale of a possible future.

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29 June 13
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The Book Quality is Bad

When I say quality, I don't mean the contents of the book. The page quality and the overall build is less than satisfying. I brought Brave New World for the same price (appropriately) which was published by Vintage and it had a decent quality.

I haven't read the book yet but I'm hopeful that it will be good.

My "lesser rating" is devoted to the low quality of this print.

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18 March 14
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There are dystopian novels and then there are books like this, wow! I never thought anything could better 1984 but this one did!

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    Book: Fahrenheit 451 by RAY BRADBURY
    ISBN Number: 0345342968, 9780345342966, 978-0345342966


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