ฟาเรนไฮต์ 451

Dystopia, Novel by Ray Bradbury
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Blurb

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal--a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, "Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs.... Don't give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."

Guy Montag is a book-burning fireman undergoing a crisis of faith. His wife spends all day with her television "family," imploring Montag to work harder so that they can afford a fourth TV wall. Their dull, empty life sharply contrasts with that of his next-door neighbor Clarisse, a young girl thrilled by the ideas in books, and more interested in what she can see in the world around her than in the mindless chatter of the tube. When Clarisse disappears mysteriously, Montag is moved to make some changes, and starts hiding books in his home. Eventually, his wife turns him in, and he must answer the call to burn his secret cache of books. After fleeing to avoid arrest, Montag winds up joining an outlaw band of scholars who keep the contents of books in their heads, waiting for the time society will once again need the wisdom of literature.

Bradbury--the author of more than 500 short stories, novels, plays, and poems, including The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man--is the winner of many awards, including the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. Readers ages 13 to 93 will be swept up in the harrowing suspense of Fahrenheit 451, and no doubt will join the hordes of Bradbury fans worldwide. --Neil Roseman

First Published

1953

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lloyd.hopes

Lloyd.hopes

I never really found the story to get going it always felt like I was listening to the prolog and I found I was waiting for something to happen till the last page.

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lloyd.hopes

Lloyd.hopes

Never got me excited and I found it seemed to be a flat novel

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War_Mode_Gandhi

War_mode_gandhi

Heads up, unfortunately my review is curved very heavily by nostalgia as this was one of the few good books I was forced to read in grade school. Bradbury is one of my favorite writers of all time, and as usual he brings a fantastic story. WIth themes about cultural conformity and education, Bradbury brings an easy to read story about a possible dystopian future that I heartily recommend.

0 Responses posted in December
mandavi

Mandavi

Trotz des dargestellten Kontrollwahns bleibt das Buch meist spannende Fiktion. Der Drang der Menschheit, sich den im Fernsehen ablaufenden Scheinrealitäten hinzugeben, ist dann aber wohl doch eingetreten. Oder eingetreten worden... Eine fesselnde Dystopie um Freiheit und künstliche Wissensbeschränkungen die den rebellischen Geist zu reizen vermag.

0 Responses posted in July
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