Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Book - 1953
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In this futuristic novel, the main character struggles with excessive controls on individual liberty, especially the banning and burning of books.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [1953]
ISBN: 9781451673265
9781451673319
9780345410016
0345410017
9780743247221
0743247221
Call Number: SF BRADBURY
Hi-Lo SF BRADBURY
TEEN SF BRAD
Characteristics: 199 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Not the first movie adaptation, but HBO's version has Michael P. Jordan.

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury understood to be... Read More »

Together with 1984 and Brave New World, this is one of the best dystopian novels ever written.

Guy Montag is a fireman, but instead of putting out fires, he starts them. Books are illegal and Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which they burn. Guy's job is to destroy books and the houses in which they are hidden.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 20, 2018

The book Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury was a warning. It’s a warning to us about how if we don’t question the entity around us, we won’t be able to see things as how it is. This dystopian book is telling a story of a time when books and most literacy is illegal. This then causes people to stop thinking, and just live a life only to be entertained. Everyone is superficially happy with their lives and don’t mind it. But after a firefighter (someone who burns houses with books), Guy Montag, meets his next door neighbour, everything changes. Clarisse (his next door neighbour) is everything the government in the story don’t like. She questions everything around her, and sees things differently to the brainwashed people around her. I could go on all day, but that is the just of it. I would highly recommend seeing as how the message from this book has never been more relevant. My rating for this book is ⅘. @canthelpmyshelve

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newyorker60
Jun 04, 2018

Most of us read this in high school but didn't have the maturity to really understand its significance - or maybe it was just me? Although 40 years passed before I gave it a second read, I'm very glad I did.

mel_MFJ Jun 04, 2018

Great to listen on audio.

This is the book that really shape my mind for the greater appreciation of books. I read it during my junior year of high school and I was attending the NRA (Natural Resource Academy). It sadden me because I knew the more years that past by the more the generations will lose the desire to pick up and admire a physical book rather than be lost on a device. Sure, this book wasn't about technology and such, but it gave me the added perspective anyways.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 13, 2018

I have desperately wanted to love this book ever since my 9th grade English teacher assigned it. It hits all my favorite themes (books, dystopias, difficult social issues), but the writing falls apart in the last third, and the pacing is off throughout. Ray Bradbury was a master of short stories, so none of these problems are particularly surprising. While I think it's an important book, I'd definitely recommend something else if you're looking for some good Bradbury.

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 25, 2018

Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most thought compelling and fascinating works of the 1950s. This book is also a fantastic science-fiction dystopian with a unique plot like no other. Guy Montag, the main character, is a fireman, but he doesn't put out fires, he starts them. His purpose is to destroy books and all literature in the world of rising television. When I first read this book I had to read it two more times to really enjoy every page and dissect it because there are so many fantastic layers to this story. It is without a doubt, one of my favourite books.

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rajamani67
Feb 06, 2018

Ive heard so many good things about this book. I had such high expectations. I guess that itself was the downfall..to be honest it was such a let down. The ending was the definition of horrific.

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ranvapa
Jan 27, 2018

Dystopian future where government uses constant, loud, mind-numbing stimulation from radios and TV parlors to drown out the possibility of citizens thinking or wanting change. Life is cheap, but most people no longer care. Personal relationships are not valuable.

Books are banned, and the purpose of a fireman is to burn found books. Perfect setting for the protagonist, a fireman, to become interested in these forbidden items.

I picked up this book because I'd never read it in high school and expected reading it to be a obligation, a chore.

Instead, I was pleasantly surprised. This book was beautifully written, with an engaging plot. Glad to have finally gotten to it.

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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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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