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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.

Topics: Dark, Urban, Speculative Fiction, Allegory, Poetic, Ominous, Dystopia, Censorship, Totalitarianism, Television, Escaping Oppression, Firefighters, Social Change, American Author, Symbolism, and Rebellion

Published: Simon & Schuster on Nov 29, 2011
ISBN: 9781439142677
List price: $9.99
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Fantastic read! I like the first - 25th edition. This edition was okay. read more
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lovely book, worded beautifully with the curiosity of the fireman as well as his pa ain in understanding his world. read more
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Fantastic read! I like the first - 25th edition. This edition was okay.
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lovely book, worded beautifully with the curiosity of the fireman as well as his pa ain in understanding his world.
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Having reread this book, I think it is more about the dangers of things like television than it is about censorship. As such, I feel it has an even stronger message than I originally thought. Censorship will be a fairly obvious phenomenon, and since it is easier to spot, it is easier to fight. However, the sort of voluntary censorship taking place in Fahrenheit 451 is a much more subtle, and much more dangerous, thing. Freedoms must be fought for, but sometimes this war is not with a government, but with oneself. I think this book illustrates the importance of, well, actually reading, instead of immersing oneself in the vicarious world of reality dating shows and daytime melodrama. Reading is a different, perhaps more human, kind of vicarious activity, one which ideally elevates instead of dragging one into the muck. I think that's important to keep in mind (though, for full disclosure, I do not always make the most elevating choices in television programs or books; I hope this helps steer my review away from the preachy).I would put this on my list of books that I think every person should read, even if they all get an entirely different message of it than I did (unless, I suppose, that message is "four-wall television would be awesome. I would give up books for that", which would be... not the point of this book at all).
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Good grief, it's frightening to see how much this book has come true. I recognized myself and those around me far to often, and it's sobering. Everyone should read this. And read it again.
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it was a pleasure to burn. dystopian society that burns books. firefeighters causing fires. i don't remember this one clearly, but i remember it was awesome.
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