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Sept. 20 2001
Internationally acclaimed with more than 5 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires...

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

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor 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 he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think...and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!


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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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""Stephen Hoye's narration is perfectly matched to the subject matter: his tone is low and ominous, and his cadence shifts with the prose to ratchet up tension and suspense."" ---Publishers Weekly Starred Audio Review
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Have The Freedom To Read Fahrenheit 451 Sept. 6 2012
By Scoopriches TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Stop Thinking.

Stop Thinking Right Now.

Because that book you have in your hands will cause you to Think.

Unacceptable Behavior.

Prepare for the book to burn.

Thank You for your cooperation.

This is the future world existing just around the corner, only a scant few minutes from our present times. Everyday, books which are filled with ideas to provoke thoughts and feelings in us, are routinely challenged and banned by unthinking and unfeeling scoundrels. These immoral vapid inhabitants of our planet are constantly trying to control what you read in order to control how you think. The scary insane world they propagate is shown in all of it’s terrifying fullness in one book. A literary classic by one of our modern masters.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. And yes, “they” have attempted to ban this book as well.

A Spoiler Filled Summary Follows.

First published in 1953, this slim volume tells the complete tale of Earth, sometime down our future road, where books of all types are banned. Reading is prohibited by law. Virtually everyone drugs themselves out on television all night and day. Into this time and place we are introduced to Montag, who, while out walking one night, meets a teenage girl named Clarisse. She does the unthinkable and goads him into thinking, creating thoughts of his own, and wonder about all aspects of his life. Montag’s wife is whiling her life away in front of the television, and he cannot seek solace for these uncomfortable ideas at work either. For Montag has the profession of enforcer of this societies rules. He is a fireman.

For in this twisted tormented existence, all houses are fireproof.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a masterpiece, and more than ever! :)) Jan. 13 2000
By Xavier
Format:Hardcover
I hadn't read this Bradbury's classic for 15 years. I had 14 years old then and though I liked it, I appreciate it now even more. Should I think I was not mature enough to understand all the ins and outs of the book?
When Ray Bradbury published his Fahrenheit 451 several decades ago, he depicted a decaying society, only preoccupied by its facade of happiness. Not that people are entirely free of the usual constraints but everything is done through games, shows, comics for them to forget the notion of thinking, source of all distress and misery. Those who resist are destroyed, dangerous books (those *who* make think) are burnt. And finally, does it work after so much trouble?
Well, at first sight, it depends on the basic purpose of the system. If its aim is to make people happy, it's undoubtedly a catastrophic failure. On the other hand, if it plans on making people believe they are happy or at least act as if they were, the answer may appear less immediate but little by little, you realize that for most of the characters, and therefore for probably most of the society, it comes to the same thing.
Montag, the fireman who burns the books, is suddenly confronted to the emptiness of his life. Is he happy? No. He will refuse the system and fight, like Granger and the old Faber. Mildred, Montag's wife, has accepted it all. It's so practical for her to live without thinking, with a virtual family on screens around the walls of the parlor. She has friends she can talk with. She has plenty of leisure, goes on parties, but is she happy? Can she be happy when she frequently needs a bunch of pills to get dopey to the point of risking her life? Obviously not. Same for her friends, you'll see it fast.
Two characters are really apart in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a classic for a reason Jan. 31 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I originally had to read this for a project, and I thought I'd be bored to tears. I was so wrong. This book acts as a warning to an all too possible future. A journey of realization and choosing what is right over what is easy. This and George Orwell's 1984 are the dystopian future novels to rule them all. I can wholeheartedly recommend this novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! April 11 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Hard to believe how this story is so representative to how today's hi-tech world is affecting people and their attitudes and habits and was written decades ago. I also found it amazing how Ray Bradbury had such startling foresight! I felt like I was reading about today's world in a strange way. I don't recall reading it in school but I sure am glad I read it now and would recommend it highly to anyone who hasn't read it and if they have to read it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Prescient Novel! June 7 2012
By Daffy Bibliophile TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is not a book about state censorship, this is a book about the banality of mass culture. Bradbury's firemen burn books to ensure that everyone is "equal" and "happy". There was no censorship imposed by government, it's more a case of taking the world of television, movies and books as they existed in the early 1950s (and even more so today) and extrapolating how this vapid culture of ours could play out if taken to an extreme. The longing for conformity and, at the same time, for cheap thrills leads directly to the firehouse. I think that "Fahrenheit 451" shares a lot in common with Huxley's "Brave New World": keep the masses occupied with mindless entertainment and you'll keep society stable. But at what price?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian cautionary tale
Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most famous works of science fiction, and with "Brave New World" and "1984" represents one of the most memorable and haunting dystopias. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2012 by Dr. Bojan Tunguz
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"Four-hundred and fifty degrees - the combustion point of paper. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2011 by Mrs. Q: Book Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it or hate it, read it
Fahrenheit 451 is a novel ahead of its time. Though it was written in 1950, virtual reality, cyborgs, and computing are covered in surprising ways. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2011 by M. Yakiwchuk
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Premise & Certainly Forward Looking But Poorly Written
The premise is great, the look into the future too. The problem is that it written with all the style of a dime store novel. Read more
Published on July 10 2011 by winstonsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Prophetic Post-apocalyptic Sci-fi
Ray Bradbury stands in the company of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley with this book. In many ways, this is an even more plausible trajectory of the not-too-distant future than... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2010 by D Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory reading for young and old
Fahrenheit 451 is my first exposure to Bradbury. Better late than never. I can't express how much I loved this book. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2010 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
This book is an excellent story. I read it in high, read it again in college and will read it again sometime, in the future.
Published on Aug. 21 2010 by james_b
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
I finally got around to reading this classic, and was somewhat disappointed. 1984 this is not!
The concept is brilliant, but the plot was not as strong as the greats in this... Read more
Published on April 5 2010 by R. Blacklock
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
It was recommended to me to read Fahrenheit 451 by several individuals who claim that this is a great book to read. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2009 by Dirk Pitt
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