Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Book - 1993
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Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this timeless classic with a special edition featuring a new foreword by the author and a message that is as relevant today as 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 4 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 -- originally published in 1953 -- remains his most acclaimed work: "One of the most brilliant overall jobs of social satire." The Nation "Frightening in its implications...Mr. Bradbury's account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating." The New York Times Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns. Fahrenheit 451 is a short novel set in the (perhaps near) future when "firemen" burn books forbidden by the 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 are still "burning" certain books, Fahrenheit 451 is a work of even greater impact and timeliness.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1993.
Edition: 40th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780671870362
067187036X
9780671239770
0671239775
9780345410016
9780345342966
0345342968
9781607511663
9781451673319
Branch Call Number: BRA
Characteristics: 190 p.

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Franln Oct 30, 2017

I read this book because I wanted to know about this story that is frequently referenced in various things that I come across. Really an intriguing and frightening concept. Also not too long so good for people with a short attention span for lengthy books.

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Alanreviews
Oct 26, 2017

a well written, thought-provoking book. I really liked it. The dislikeable society kept things moving.

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darcyhudjik
Sep 07, 2017

An excellent book on a dystopian world where reading of books is no longer allowed. I definitely recommend it.

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CarleeMcDot
Aug 28, 2017

A friend was asking me about the books I was reading recently and I told her I had been enjoying the classics (the ones that you normally should have read in high school). She said one of her faves was this book and since I had never read it, I added it to my list. Similar to Anne Frank's Diary or Animal Farm, it is crazy how relevant this book is so many years later. The story follows a futuristic fireman who instead of putting out fires, starts fires to burn illegal books. The part that really stood out was when the author was describing how society was constantly filling their heads with junk - constant chatter - so that the people couldn't think about reality (how true nowadays as well!). I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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talktimereader
Aug 21, 2017

In light of the American Presidency (if that is what it is anymore), a very interesting read.

AL_JILLA Aug 01, 2017

A banned book that is about banning (and burning) books. Thank you for this one, Mr. Bradbury.

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jun 12, 2017

Absolutely fantastic. I am reminded of what C. S. Lewis wrote regarding Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: "...a reviewer need say little, except that here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart." Fahrenheit 451 is a powerful, piercing, and wonderful work of speculative fiction. Yet it is not just science-fiction, and do not write it off as though it were merely "science-fiction." This book is powerful and it holds a mirror up to its readers and begs the question, "do you recognize this world? Is that what you have become? Do you shut out logic, thought, and the challenge of contemplation for simple entertainments?" I'm afraid that we do. It feel strange to call a book of fiction life changing, but I feel as though this book can bend the hearts of its readers and make them reconsider how the fill their time. Ray Bradbury wrote, without doubt, one of the finest works of literature ever composed in the English language.

the title refers to the temperature at which books burn..firemen here aren't interested in an educated populace. if you like this novel, move on to brave new world, and 1984; maybe even to animal farm.

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Ratsarecool3
May 30, 2017

Amazing story! It is reminiscent of 1984, and is extremely well written. Suspense builds constantly until the end. Very eye-opening and meaningful.

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slfullwood
Apr 18, 2017

I am a firm believer that an author's most famous work is not always his best. Fahrenheit 451 is good, but Something Wicked This Way Comes is an underrated Ray Bradbury masterpiece-
check it out! :)

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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.'"

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 02, 2016

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

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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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britprincess1ajax
Aug 02, 2016

"Those who don't build must burn."

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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."

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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.”

white_lion_217 Jul 03, 2016

much this late in the game. . . .” “I can get books.” “You’re running a risk.” “That’s the good part of dying; when you’ve nothing to

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LearnDressage
Mar 13, 2016

"Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that,......"

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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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