Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Book - 2013
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For use in schools and libraries only. A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit.
Publisher: New York City, New York : Simon and Schuster, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©1967
ISBN: 9780671239770
0671239775
9781451673319
9780671870362
067187036X
0345320358
Characteristics: 192 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gaiman, Neil - Contributor

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chinooklibtech Jan 28, 2011

One of Bradbury's best. A must-read for readers who enjoy dystopian stories.


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IndyPL_SteveB May 11, 2019

I’m a big fan of Bradbury; but I have some mixed feelings about this book. In many ways, it is similar in theme to Orwell’s *1984* (published in 1949) but extended in different directions and with a bit more action. It is Bradbury’s most famous book, perhaps because it was assigned to so many students over the past few decades; but I don’t think it is his best book (my favorite is *Dandelion Wine*).

Guy Montag is a fireman – but with a job opposite from the expectation. His job takes place in a future when the government has decided to keep the public happy with television shows and diverted from paying attention to the government. Since homes have largely been fireproofed, the traditional firemen are no longer much needed for putting out fires. So their jobs have been turned into burners of books, and burners of the homes the books were in, and occasional burners of the people who owned the books. The public has bought into the idea that books are subversive and unpatriotic, and that they just cause unhappiness. When Montag rebels against the system, the system comes after him.

The themes are important – the idea never goes away that governments may not WANT an intelligent, curious public. But these days, the book seems very talky, with several main characters giving long speeches. The book gets stronger toward the end, as Montag runs away and meets other people who might be like him.

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AureliaReads
Apr 29, 2019

A book everyone should read. And then re-read. And then ponder. Give it to your friends who rarely use their library card ! The most frightening part of what Bradbury imagined was that the majority of people wanted a world without books. They became mesmerised by TV (and we can add the yet-to-come social media shiny things on other screens). Reading became too hard. Thinking about complex issues became too difficult. This book is even more relevant today than when it was written. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/10/books/review/fahrenheit-451-ray-bradbury.html

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jchpeeples
Apr 01, 2019

Given the political correctness, the hypersensitivity, and excessive offense taking in today's (2019) USA, this peek into the future by Ray Bradbury is America's most important cautionary tale.

All my Seattle neighbors are strongly encouraged to read not only the original, but also, every word of Bradbury's 'CODA' including in the 60th anniversary edition.

If you truly take his warning to heart and value your own freedom and liberty, you will lighten up and quit being so quick to take offense on either your own behalf or on behalf of others - you know, 'ally-ship.'

Just remember, to avoid the world of 'Fahrenheit 451,' you need to defend others' right to offend just as much as you defend your own right to speak your mind.

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EvanSchoenfeld
Mar 10, 2019

All these dystopian novels are based on the observation that human nature is compulsive in making the worst possible scenarios happen. Don’t you think this here a trifle optimistic? Even major oil companies acknowledge industry is buggering world climate beyond repair, yet average Americans are less likely to believe it than in 2008. Isn’t that eerie? Your actual future is one in which nobody reads books, a world without literacy, nobody to burn them and no books. Even schools of fish might not make it. Why all this denial, people? Now that your eschatological dreams are coming true, are you going to pretend it’s not so? This summer when somebody happens to mention how the mountains used to be visible this time of year, will there be a burst of gabble about what’s on TV and suchlike?
I really meant to praise Bradbury’s fine book, but take issue with several plot devices that didn’t help logically or stylistically. Francois Truffaut’s delightful 1966 film omitted these same, for the better.

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lcull11
Feb 18, 2019

quick read. lots of metaphors and similes make it harder to grasp the events. weird story really. only takes place over a couple of days. grim, alternate future-type. wars 'ended' in 2022 in the book so we'll see how it holds up to reality...(for a 40 yr old book, shockingly well considering cell phones weren't a thing...)

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tonyalanjeffers
Feb 16, 2019

Ray Bradbury is perhaps the most prophetic writer of the 20th century.
Written in 1950 we are at present about half way there to the predictions of this nightmare dystopian world described in the novel becoming a reality.
Unfortunately the people that really need to read this book never would. They are too busy walking around scrolling on their smartphones looking for whatever meaningless dribble the media is offering them today while decked out in their Hawk gear or the attire of whatever sports team they happen to support.
This 60th anniversary version has a lot of other material about this story I would recommend reading at lest some of it after reading the story especially if you feel you don't quite "get it."
If you read nothing else the most important to read is the essay written by Ray Bradbury himself in the late 1970s entitled "CODA" ; an anti-censorship and what we would call today
"anti-political correctness" RANT.
You may have read this novel before and might not feel like re-reading it but please read "CODA".
If you are a young person today and love books and don't equate being a part of an audience at a sporting event going hysterical every time your team scores with being "social" ; I recommend that you start building your personal library right away. Don't trust e-books; buy quality hardbound books printed on acid-free paper if you can. Start looking for a safe hiding place -not in your house. The fire is coming!

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Inga57
Jan 11, 2019

Perhaps fans of Science Fiction might love this book, but honestly, it's not my genre of choice. I read the book decades after publication because my granddaughter read it in school and we discussed the book pretty much coming to the same conclusions. She was frustrated with the characters, I was not fond of a dystopian world. We both agreed that Beatty had the best lines and that the ending was flat.

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel written by Ray Bradbury. Although the book was published more than half a century ago, it remains a classical best-seller. The novel’s subject is relevant and captivating today and, very likely, it will be just as pertinent in 50 years from now.

Guy Montag, protagonist of the novel, lives in the futuristic United States. He is married and has a respected job. Mr. Montag is a fireman; he searches for, captures, and burns books. In his world, books are dangerous, illegal objects. One day, after conversing with an uncharacteristically lively and intelligent teen, Guy starts feeling uneasy about his work, family, and life in general. He tries to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it, but it’s not simple to do in a society where critical thinking or even thinking at all is deemed subversive and abnormal. To make matters even shakier, Guy secretively saves a book from burning and brings it home – an action the cost of which can be his own life. (Submitted by Mariya)

bookgirlatDCL Nov 20, 2018

Quite the page turner, although the ending could have been a bit stronger. It's creepy how the mindlessness and brain washing is still relevant today-sadly.

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22950006357453
Oct 21, 2018

me agree buks are bad. me no need reed buks . make me feel stoopid

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rmlrml
Feb 12, 2019

Fire is bright and fire is clean.

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rmlrml
Feb 12, 2019

Montag hesitated. "What—was it always like this? The firehouse, our work? I mean, well, once upon a time. . . ."

"Once upon a time!" Beatty said. "What kind of talk is that?"

Fool, thought Montag to himself, you'll give it away. At the last fire, a book of fairy tales, he'd glanced at a single line. "I mean," he said, "in the old days..."

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KeenaL
Aug 08, 2016

"'My grandfather ran off the V-2 rocket film a dozen times and then hoped that someday our cities would open up more and let the green and the land and the wilderness in more, to remind people that were alotted a little space on earth and that we survive in that wilderness that can take back what it has given, as easily as blowing its breath on us or sending the sea to tell us we are not so big. When we forget hoe close the wilderness is in the night, my grandpa said, someday it will come in and get us, for we will have forgotten how terrible ad real it can be.'"

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KeenaL
Aug 08, 2016

"'I hate a Roman named Status Quo!' he said to me.' stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said,'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no garantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there was, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in atree all day every day, sleeping it's life away. To hell with that,' he said,'shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.'"

britprincess1ajax Aug 02, 2016

"Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore."

britprincess1ajax Aug 02, 2016

"Most of us can't rush around, talk to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven't time, money or that many friends. The things you're looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine percent of them is in a book."

britprincess1ajax Aug 02, 2016

"Those who don't build must burn."

britprincess1ajax Aug 02, 2016

"You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was younger I shoved my ignorance in people's faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn."

britprincess1ajax Aug 02, 2016

"There was a silly damn bird called a Phoenix back before Christ, every few hundred years he built a pyre and burned himself up. He must have been first cousin to Man. But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again. And it looks like we're doing the same thing, over and over, but we've got one damn thing the Phoenix never had. We know the damn silly thing we just did. We know all the damn silly things we've done for a thousand years and as long as we know that and always have it around where we can see it, some day we'll stop making the goddam funeral pyres and jumping in the middle of them. We pick up a few more people that remember, every generation."

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ssk22
Jul 06, 2016

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

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ssk22
Jul 06, 2016

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage.

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charliemar
Apr 15, 2013

Classic, futuristic, beautiful prose.

becklein98 Jul 19, 2012

In the future, books are illegal. With the profession of 'fireman', Montag is quite happy burning down homes and occasionally their owners as he and his team destroy books. But when his neighbour, a slender blonde of fifteen, plants the idea of a better society - one where books are legal - in his mind, his curiosity leads to his qeustioning their lifestyle.

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Alanreviews
Oct 26, 2017

Violence: People burning. A fight. Burning of books.

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