Fahrenheit 451: A Novel
Simon and Schuster, Jan 10, 2012 - 159 pages
Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ASKelmore - www.librarything.com
Best for: Everyone. All of us should read it. In a nutshell: In the future, firemen don’t put out fires - they set them. Specifically, they set books on fire. Worth quoting: “You weren’t hurting ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sweetiegherkin - www.librarything.com
In a dystopian future, firemen don't fight fires, they start them. And the best kindling of all is books... This book is one of those classics that just didn't live up to the hype for me. I didn't ... Read full review
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