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Preview — Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters,...more
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My mother and I are in K-mart. I've mentioned to her about this book report to be done, and so before we leave with a basket filled with clothes I know I will be embarrassed to wear, we stop by the rack of books. She selects a few pulp paperback titles, throws them into the cart.
A few days later she hands me F ...more
Fast-forward 15 years later. I just bought a copy the other day to register at BookCrossing for their Banned Books Month release challenge. The ALA celebrates Banned Books Week in September, so one BXer chal ...more
There are grounds to contend that even the title is inaccurate, since contemporary sources suggest paper combusts at 450 degrees Celsius, which in Farenhe ...more
إذا كنت قد شاهدت الكتب تحترق في فيلم العبقري يوسف شاهين
ووقعت في غرام الفيلم والمشهد
فربما هذا الكتاب يكون لك
عندما تصبح قراءة الكتب جريمة
في هذه الرواية يطرح راي برادبوري أسوأ سيناريو لعشاق الكتب
ماذا لو كنا نعيش في عالم تخلص نهائياً من الكتب وجرم من يحملها أو ينقلها أو يحتفظ بها؟
مونتاج هو بطل الرواية يعمل كرجل حريق
ومهمته ليست إطفاء الحرائق كما قد تظن بل إشعالها
وقبعات رجال الحريق تحمل الرقم 451 ومنها إستمدت الرواية عنوانها
يصحو مونت ...more
It is a strident call to arms, a warning siren of darkness always on the perimeter.
Critics have tried to make more of this, and certainly it is an archetypal work, but I think its simplicity is its great strength - it is fundamentally about book burning, literally and metaphorically. A powerful allegory t ...more
"The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies."That is a very unpleasant metaphor, and Fahrenheit 451 is an unpleasant book. It feels like it was written by a teenager, and if I were his teacher I'd give it a B- and not let my daughter date the weird little kid who wrote it.
Its protagonist, Montag, lacks any character; he changes as Bradbury's shitty story requires him to, from the dumbest kid on the world (his ...more
Can you think of a more effective means of keeping the population down?
Well, me neither. The burning of books is such an effective tool, so the message of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is scarily real; if society’s wisdom could be taken away then so could their freedom; if knowledge was burnt then the people would be left in a complete state of utter innocent ignorance. That way they could be told anything and no know different. If all books ...more
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This is a book about the power of books that is itself steeped with references, both explicit and indirect, to the great works that permeate our culture so thoroughly that we do not always notice them - until they’re gone. Bradbury shows us the horror of a hedonistic but unhappy world where books and ideas are banned in t ...more
It was a pleasure to burn!
WOW AND I THOUGHT OKAY THEN LETS DO THIS!
Fahrenheit is a temperature scale based on one proposed in 1724 by the Polish-born German physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686–1736), after whom the scale is named. It uses the degree Fahrenheit (symbol F) as the unit.
By the end of the 20th century, Fahrenheit was only used as the official temperature scale in the United States
For my Loving books – luckily not burned!! ...more
I always thought this was ...more
This book is about censorship by book burning. Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns. This review is about reading Fahrenheit 451 or any other book considered controversial by any group at all and the future of censorship in the marketplace.
Amazon, GrAmazon, is redefinining our experience of literature! Amazon has evaded having to pay tax and comply with labour laws in many countries, in many US states. Now it is getting ar ...more
The good are those who read, the bad are those who watch the TV. Yes, this is what we like to read to make us feel all warm inside. And because of that we are seemingly willing to forgive ...more
It was a pleasure to read.
I was somewhat blown away by this novel. Perhaps it is simply my personal taste. I seem to enjoy novels about the future and in particular ones with a dystopian element. (see my reviews of Brave New World and 1984 for example)
I have read a handful of articles about how in analysing this novel most people miss the target. They claim it is a novel about book censorship whereas Bradbury claims it is more a novel focusing on talking about whether other forms of media would ...more
I'm surprised this book wasn't required reading while I was in high school, a hiatus in my curriculum which is probably the reason why I got to this party so late. You all know what this book is about, even I knew what it was about before reading it, so I'll skip immediately to my ponderings while I was reading this book. Have a look at the perfectly innocent picture below, of a ...more
It’s amazingly enchanting how an author like Ray Bradbury could have such an astounding foresight by writing this book. Fahrenheit 451 written in 1953 is a unique eutopian turned dystopian story that seems to me a sort of a premonition of our society today (of course in a much subtle and less exaggerated way than that of the book). Port ...more
From Wikipedia: "Bradbury has stated that the novel is not about censorship, but a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature, which leads to a perception of knowledge as being composed of factoids, partial information devoid of context." That's scarily familiar, isn't it?
- It has biometrics. Montag comes home & sticks his hand in the glove on his doo ...more
What outstanding prose--prophetic, which is by far the most rare and inspiring of attributes a work of literature can ever possess. And Ray "I Don't Talk Things, Sir. I Talk The Meaning Of Things" Bradbury is here at his absolute best. I cannot decide whether this or "Martian Chronicles" is my favorite... they are definitely my favorite of his, the best possible in sci-fi ad ...more
Thwart all possible interruptions; turn off ...more
Farhenheit 451 is one of those books I've always heard of but never read. I don't know why, but I always thought this was more of a "boy book"...yes, I give my books genders. Fire, firemen, dystopia, I thought it was going to be a lesser Orwell. But no. No, no. It was a strange and gripping little book and I was pleasantly surprised by just how beautiful the writing w ...more
-people are so obsessed with TV that socializing is getting together and watching your favorite show; it's all anyone talks about anymore (Bachelor parties anyone?)
-characters on shows are your family, more real to you than your own family (I think this mentality started with Friends)
-people watch reality shows and police chases like a drug
-kids are so desensitized by what they see on TV t ...more
Indeed, if I'm not mistaken, it was originally just a short story that later was fleshed out into this slim, almost novella of a novel. To this reader's eyes it never progressed beyond its short story status. No, I never could love this. It's too bare. The story, the world, the characters, all are but limbless trees stripped of their bark, stark and still but for the occasional gust. All of these set pieces are in place awaiting the arrival of the mai ...more
Visionary writing from the very skilled writer/artist Ray Bradbury.
The plot and characters all done well. He writes about an era where firemen create fires to burn books, one fireman decides to see what all the fuss is about and one day keeps one book for himself. This sets himself on a deadly path of self-discovery that turns him into the hunted. His life turns upside down, eventually he meets a group of people who have memorized and preserved books to memory, this society wanted to keep book ...more
Wow, i mean... Wow. A pesar de no estar súper enamorada de este libro no puedo negar que me ha encantando. Me confundió (bastante) por momentos pero siempre volvía a el problema del protagonista con su sociedad. Definitivamente se puede ver la influencia de este libro en la literatura juvenil distopia actual.
Reseña completa en Gracias a los Libros.
Numa sociedade onde é crime a posse e leitura de livros, os bombeiros em vez de apagarem os fogos, provocam-nos. As pessoas vivem vidas completamente vazias, onde simplesmente não existem tema ...more
One evening on his way home from work he runs into his new neighbor, 17-year old Clarisse McClennan. Clarisse is different from anyone Guy has ever met, and ...more
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