Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

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Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this timeless classic with a special edition featuring a new introduction by the author and a message that is more relevant today than when it was first published. Since the late 1940s, Ray Bradbury has been revered for his works of science fiction and fantasy. With more than five million copies in print,Fahrenheit 451-- originally published in 1953 -- remains his most acclaimed work.Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns.Fahrenheit 451is a novel set in the (perhaps near) future when "firemen" burn books forbidden by a totalitarian "brave new world" regime. The hero, according to Mr. Bradbury, is "a book burner who suddenly discovers that books are flesh-and-blood ideas and cry out silently when put to the torch." Today, when libraries and schools in this country and all over the world are still "burning" certain books,Fahrenheit 451remains a brilliantly readable and suspenseful work of even greater impact and timeliness.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003.
ISBN: 9780743247221
0743247221
Characteristics: 190 p. ; 23 cm.

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It touched on a lot of interesting topics and it was fun to read. Overall, I just didn't fall in love with it.

Made you really think. I really liked reading this novel.

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RoyalJellyIII
Jun 03, 2021

This story is so relevant in 2020. I remember reading it in high school, and have revisited it a couple of times since. It's one of those books where you discover something new each time you read it again.

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aupadhy
Jun 01, 2021

Bradbury’s work examines the relationship between two of civilization’s most-prized values: freedom and happiness. Born into the shadow left by McCarthyism, Bradbury’s dystopia questions the importance of uniformity as a tool to promote societal contentment. Guy Montag, the novel’s protagonist, serves as a microcosm of the dystopia he lives in; working as a “firefighter,” he burns anything and everything that might disrupt the state of perpetual satisfaction. Despite his best efforts, events beyond his control force him to question the fulfillment of his work; gradually, his belief in both his job and society deteriorate. I personally loved this novel, especially because of its historical implications within the development of America. In a period of time rife with suspicion and crackdowns, Bradbury dared to resist—and in the process created a masterpiece of American literature. It’s easy to wish for everyone to be perpetually happy, but this novel forces the reader to ask exactly what that would entail.

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maharshi_m2005
May 30, 2021

Guy Montag is a fireman who's job is to destroy contradicting books in houses which they are hidden. Guy Montag blindly follows his orders up until he meets a young neighbor named Clarisse. She tells him about the past where censorship did not exist, and soon Montag begins to question his actions. The concept of this dystopian novel made it a great read. Guy Montag's character development after he meets Clarisse adds to how engaging the story was. The conflicts between various characters, the plot of the story, and each character's development contribute to making Fahrenheit 451 a great book.

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Somanybooks11
May 20, 2021

For a classic like this, the book is slow. I will say I like the idea of the story but I don't like the format. If this was done now in a new version, I think I would like it better.

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atrex2015
Apr 20, 2021

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is a book with many layers and lots of symbolism that somehow still manages to fall short. Guy Montag is a man who loves to burn. He relishes the feeling of mercilessly destroying fragile objects. This reflects his job, as he burns books for a living. He lives with his beautiful wife and has no problems with his life - that is, until a girl named Clarisse shows up. She teaches Guy her ways, exhibiting more curiosity and empathy than any person in their right mind would be in this dystopian society. Then it hits Montag, who up until now enjoyed his life: His entire life has been a lie, and the society he lives in is actually terrible. From then on, Montag has to cope with having different opinions under the shadow of an oppressive government, meeting more people and getting into new conflicts along the way.

Symbolism is very common in this book, with major themes being death and rebirth, unnecessary destruction, and the mindlessness of non-thinkers. These are symbolized by the phoenix, salamander, and practically every type of new technology seen in the book. The books in the novel are portrayed as being almost alive, their paper pages fluttering like a bird’s wings. In fact, there is so much symbolism that it takes multiple reading sessions to get it all. This is one of this book’s major issues. Does genius really matter if it takes multiple reads to comprehend it? Why bother adding so much unnecessary subtext, occasionally required for a full understanding of the plot, that will only typically be readable by students and academics? Additionally, while the first act is great, the second and third sections start to drag on. They lack the memorability, and while they technically form a coherent story, they just don’t stick with the reader or make much of an impact. Additionally, there seem to be some very prominent anti-technology commentary, which is very overdone and in this case not supported enough for me to consider it convincing. There are also some parts which may seem problematic in today’s society, including the comment on what would now be called “cancel culture” by some.

Despite the fact that this book has potential, it unfortunately does not live up to it. I give it a 3 out of 5.

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olive_bird_140
Apr 17, 2021

Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 describes a futuristic society, inspired by the changes at the end of World War II. People are disconnected from each other and do not have awareness of the people around them, all thinking is inhibited, and there are daily suicide attempts. Books are burned to stop independent thoughts, and wars are extremely common. This riveting adventure and dystopian novel follows the journey of Montag, a fireman, who recognizes that something is wrong in his society. This book is an absolute must-read for everyone, whether a teenager or an adult. In today’s world of growing addiction to technology, the book is a warning to keep ourselves in check and become aware of how we are becoming similar to and how to make sure we do not reach that height of ignorance as the people in Fahrenheit 451. I would absolutely recommend this book for anyone, especially people who are looking for books that are philosophical but also thrilling.

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TamLinh
Apr 09, 2021

Guy Montag has been living a peaceful life as a firefighter. That is, until he meets Clarisse. She’s different; makes him see things differently, in a perspective he’s never seen before. What he thought, was not what everything else seemed to be. Books that were supposed to be bad, he found that they contained information and imagination he couldn’t even come up with. Going against the book ban, he goes on an adventure, seeking the truth.
I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I heard of it. I’m a big dystopian reader, and when I heard about the book, I read it as soon as I got my hands on it. Ray Bradbury creates a world that is so creative, but in a way, realistic. The way he shows the character development is captivating, making you want to see what they’re going to do next.

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blue_dog_45876
Feb 27, 2021

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel set in a future predicted in the 1950s where reading many of the books in the world is illegal. Instead of putting out fires, firemen are now burning illegal books that are found in people's houses. The main character in this story, Montag, is a fireman, and lives his life normally, going through the same routine each day, until he meets Clarisse McClellan, who changes his perspective completely. The rest of the story goes on to follow him through his journey as he slowly starts to reject his society. I enjoyed reading this novel greatly, since it was full of suspense all throughout the book. Readers are engrossed in the book, wanting to find out what happens next. It is also fascinating how the author, Ray Bradbury, was able to correctly predict some of the things in the future. For example, he predicted the invention of earbuds, which he calls seashells in his book. He also predicted wide-screen TVs. Both of these things did not exist yet when he wrote this book, so it is astounding how he is able to predict these things. The characters in this book also have unique personalities, making it even more enjoyable to read. The only thing I did not like about this book was that it ended in a little bit of a cliffhanger, and readers are left wondering what happens next. Overall, this book is very enjoyable because of the characters and the storyline, and it is definitely worth it to read this book!

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jwillilib
Jan 13, 2020

And if it was not the three walls soon to be four walls and the dream complete, then it was the open car and Mildred driving a hundred miles an hour across town, he shouting at her and she shouting back and both trying to hear what was said, but hearing only the scream of the car. "At least keep it down to the minimum!" he yelled. "What?" she cried. "Keep it down to fifty-five, the minimum!" he shouted. "The what?" she shrieked. "Speed!" he shouted. And she pushed it up to one hundred and five miles an hour and tore the breath from his mouth.

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RunningJoke
Aug 13, 2019

"'I hate a Roman named Status Quo!'"
[Granger quoting his grandfather, to Montag.]

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RunningJoke
Aug 13, 2019

"… Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them, at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us. …"
[Faber to Montag]

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Dgamboa2
Jun 25, 2019

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds...''

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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."

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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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