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Fahrenheit 451

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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
Paperback, 186 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Del Rey (first published October 1st 1953)
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Brian McGoldrick This is one of the greatest scifi novels ever written. I never found Fahrenheit 451 to be weird. Disturbing yes, but never weird. Today more than ever…moreThis is one of the greatest scifi novels ever written. I never found Fahrenheit 451 to be weird. Disturbing yes, but never weird. Today more than ever I wonder if it is more prophetic than anything. The works of older authors are being censored to remove "objectionable" and "politically incorrect" content, before they can be read in schools and universities. Little babies who are theoretically supposed to university students are screaming and crying because books and ideas offend them and hurt their feelings. They want "safe zones" and "trigger warnings" to protect their fragile little egos. How long before the cry goes up to start burning the objectionable books? Oh, never mind, that cry is already going up from some of those precious snowflakes. With the way we are going, a society like Fahrenheit 451 may be entirely too possible.(less)
Julie Yes if your biggest fear is someone coming to your home and burning all your books. lol
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May 12, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every single human being
Recommended to Brian by: My mother
I am in 6th grade. My Language Arts teacher assigns us a book report; tells us we can choose the book but that our grade will be based on the maturity of the novel the report is based upon.

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
Somehow, I have gotten through life as an English major, book geek, and a science-fiction nerd without ever having read this book. I vaguely remember picking it up in high-school and not getting very far with it. It was an interesting premise, but far too depressing for my tastes at the time.

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
J.G. Keely
Farenheit 451 has been analyzed and reinterpreted by every successive generation to change its meaning. This is chiefly because the book is full of assumptions and vague symbolism which can be taken many ways, and rarely does anyone come away from the book with the conclusion the author intended, which would suggest that it is a failed attempt.

There are grounds to contend that even the title is inaccurate, since contemporary sources suggest paper combusts at 450 degrees Celsius, which in Farenhe
Huda Yahya
"الأفكار ليها أجنحة ماحدش يقدر يمنعها توصل للناس"

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

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Emily May
As I write this review, the year is 2012. We do not live in a perfect world; in fact, in many ways we don't even live in a good world. But one thing I believe with all my heart is that we live in a world which, on the whole, is better than it was fifty years ago. Now, I know I'm writing with limited perspective and that progression and development hasn't been the same all over the globe and even the definition of those words can change depending on what part of the world you live in. But here's ...more
Dec 28, 2007 Tyler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Few appreciate irony as much as I do, so understand that I understand this review. The message of this book is decent: knowledge should not be censored. However, the rest of the book is utter shit. I found myself actually screaming at several points as Bradbury spent minutes and dozens of metaphors and allusions referring to one insignificant detail of the plot. It is too damn flowery to be understandable by anyone! In other words, an English teacher's dream. In addition, the story was about the ...more
Bookworm Sean
Can you think of a more effective means of control?

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
"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
Apr 15, 2016 Cecily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who think sci-fi and literature can't overlap
Library as cathedral, as all libraries should be - John Rylands Library, Manchester.
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Read me, love me, touch me, treasure me

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
Brian Hodges
Believe me, I'm not the kind of guy who gushes over classics simply by virtue of the fact that they are classics, but this one was worth all the legend that it carries with it. I'm glad I never had to read this book in highschool. First of all, we would have ruined this truly awesome story by overanalyzing every mundane literary aspect, detail and device. Second, the story is SO much more profound in the year 2008 at the age of 30 than it could have been at 17 in 1995.

I always thought this was
Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is Fahrenheit 451 the temperature at which Kindles melt?

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
Jan 12, 2013 Kinga rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It’s easy to see why ‘Farenheit 451’ is a cult classic, beloved by the majority of bookworms. Oh, it validates us, doesn’t it? Here is a future world where books are banned, and look at this; it has gone to the dogs. The saddest of all post-apocalyptic worlds, the bleakest dystopia, what a nightmare – NO BOOKS!

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
so i decided that this is the summer i read all the books i "should" have read by now- all the classics i have not gotten around to. this was, oddly, sparked by that asshole that said to alyssa "this is why small bookstores are better - no one in big bookstores knows anything about books". which is, of course, inaccurate and ridiculous - poor alyssa is a nineteen year old girl who has not read any philip roth, and wasnt able to recommend a title to the (fifty year old) man but has probably read ...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
Sep 18, 2015 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is a novel that transcends it's dystopian theme and delivers its cautionary message in a timeless fashion, what made this story compelling in 1953 remains provocative.

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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
“There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”

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
I heard that this was a great book, and I really wanted to like it. The title and the quips on the back cover caught my interest. Guy Montag is a fireman, but the job is flipped. Instead of putting out fires, he is creating them, and he likes it a lot. The first sentence, "It was a pleasure to burn", and the following description after, had me convinced that I would enjoy the book. Not only that, New York Times professes that the book is "frightening in its implications". With all that buildup a ...more
Review from Aug2012 when I listened to the audio version (d/l from local library) excellently read by Christopher Hurt:

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
Aug 02, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s time to do it, isn’t it? You know it is. We’ve all done it before, no sense in resisting the temptation to do it yet again. The sun has set, the skies have turned a sensational shade of indigo, the interior lighting is seductively dimmed. The house is otherwise empty, and not expecting additional occupancy any time soon. The blinds are down, curtains drawn tightly. The stereo is playing softly; isn’t that your favorite slow-jam? Of course it is.

Thwart all possible interruptions; turn off
Apr 30, 2010 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always amazed when speculative fiction stands the test of time. In 1953, Bradbury created a world where:
-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
Dec 18, 2012 Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-reads
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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
Feb 05, 2016 Macarena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Primer libro terminado durante la maratón #LeoMásConElRavenclub
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.
Mar 31, 2016 Joca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist, ebooks
Um clássico distópico que tentei ler em 2014 sem sucesso. Penso que não passei das 10 páginas mas ainda bem que assim foi e não insisti porque agora sinto que o li na altura certa. Não se tornou um dos meus favoritos mas foi uma leitura importante e que aconselho a toda a gente em algum momento da sua vida.

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
Jason Koivu
Fahrenheit 451 is more statement than story.

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
Sep 13, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
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.

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
Aug 07, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
Fahrenheit 451 is one of those books that I should have read by now. Occasionally, a student comes to me, eyes ablaze with indignation that anyone should ever burn books, and they want to talk about it. "Why would anyone do such a thing? This is impossible! Why would such a world exist?" And, more tremulously, "Could this world ever exist?" As shame and humiliation wash over me, I have to say, "Um, I haven't read it. But it's on my to-read list!" They look stricken, abashed, as though I have fai ...more
MJ Nicholls
Jul 26, 2013 MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, merkins
Bradbury was wrong. In our dystopian future, so many books of no value are published, and all the genuinely worthwhile ones are squeezed into insignificance, left to rot out of print, or are refused publication. See the BURIED Book Club for professional help. People are avaricious, brainless, crassholic, dreary, ectoblastic, fungible, gravideonasties, hopelessismore, imbecilickal, jugheadish, knobbled, leery, moronic, Neanderthal, octopusillanimous, protopathetic, querulouselike, rumplestiltskin ...more
What an important book this is. I've been told by so many people that reading (especially fiction) is a waste of time.This book illustrates how important literature is and how scary it is that book-reading has become less popular due to other forms of entertainment (television in particular). It's very worrying when you think about the number of books, including this one, that are currently or have been banned in different places. I could never imagine living in a world without books and let's h ...more


ـ"لابد من وجود شيء ما في الكتب، لابد من وجود أشياء لا نستطيع تصورها، أشياء تجعل امرأة تبقى في منزل يحترق!"ـ

إذن ما الذي يوجد في الكتب؟ ما الذي يجعل القراءة شيء ضروري كـ الهواء؟ لماذا يجب أن نقرأ؟ ما هذا الرابط العميق الذي يربطنا بالكُتب والقراءة؟ ولماذا نعد كُتبنا الموجودة في مكتباتنا الخاصة كأحد أبنائنا؟!!ـ

حسنا .. فهرنهايت 451، يتحدث عن أسوأ ما يمكنه أن يحدث بحق الكُتب، لن يجيب عن تلك الأسئلة ولكن حتماً سيجيب عن سؤال "لماذا لا يريد -النظام أو أي كان- منّا أن نقرأ؟"ـ
في عالم تُكون فيه كل البي
Mar 28, 2007 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads
one of my top 5 favorites of all time.

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Have you ever watched the jet cars race on the boulevard?...I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly...If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! He'd say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows.

There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You
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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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