Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

July 12, 2011
Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian sci-fi fantasy novel by Ray Bradbury. First release in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 present a frightening, realistic future and exciting plot packed with suspense, including fires, chases, murder, suicides, and nuclear war. Re-released April 1st 2003 by Del Rey Ballantine Books, now you can get this book only for $3.00 in Amazon.

Fahrenheit 451 Summary

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do…

The Del Rey 50th Anniversary Edition includes “A Conversation with Ray Bradbury.”

Fahrenheit 451 Review and Recommendation
Originally published in 1953, it strikes as close to home today as it did when it first released 58 years ago. The idea of running around with flame throwers to burn books is a little weird, but shredders weren’t around then & it’s a cool twist to have firemen who burn things. It also makes the point of the government’s violent opposition to uncontrolled information – another current theme.

That’s why this is a classic. It contains ideas that are still quite pertinent today, perhaps more so than when it was written.

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