Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

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In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2012.
Edition: First Simon and Schuster trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781451673319
1451673310
Branch Call Number: FIC BRAD
Characteristics: xi, 159 pages ; 22 cm

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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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blue_dog_31717
Oct 12, 2018

I truly wanted to love this book. I really did. It's classic book, and everyone raves about it. I even loved the book in the first 9/10 of it. But the ending dragged my 10/10 to an 9/10, and that's being extremely lenient.

As I said, I loved the first 90-95% of the book. The writing was clear, the story followable, and it was very well written.

SPOILER ALERT! DON'T READ ON IF YOU HAVE NOT READ!

However, after the city was bombed(which was never even eluded to earlier in the book, as any mention of war was about how is was going to be a easy win), the book fell apart. The sadness displayed by Guy was a strong point of that, but everything else was ridiculous. I was left with questions such as "The city got bombed? How? The war was supposed to be an easy one.", and those questions were never answered. And then, they decided to go back to the city they were fleeing! It makes no sense!

I don't know if it was me or the book, but I disliked the ending very much. However, since the rest of the book was near flawless, I give the book 9/10 and a "Would strongly recommend reading".

AnnabelleLee27 Sep 25, 2018

While I am not a big fan of dystopian science fiction, I find I will willingly go there with Bradbury. This novel is poetic, prophetic, and moving as it examines the intersection of technology, censorship, violence, and freedom. My only objection is around how Bradbury envisions and treats his female characters in general - I wish they had the depth, complexity, and agency of his male characters. Still, I love this book and have read it and will reread it many times.

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

3.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy classic sci-fi and dystopian novels.

This story follows Guy Montag, a firefighter. In his world, firefighters burn books. Books ruin society, and his job is to eliminate them, and jail their owners. However, his own life isn't happy, but he doesn't know what he missed him.

Unpopular opinion: I just didn't love this book. I really wanted to, but classic sci-fi/dystopian novels are just not my thing. They don't explain the technology super well, it feels like the future but also like the past... and it's just I dunno... it's just not my thing. I know that a lot of people love it, and that's awesome, but I just don't. I did, however, love the message behind the book and appreciate the importance of the novel... especially for it's time. I'm glad that I read it, it's very very short... and I can't wait to see what HBO did with the adaptation. Confession: I have a big crush on Michael B. Jordan.

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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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