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Fahrenheit 451 by Tim Hamilton
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Oct 18, 2009

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Hamilton’s graphic novel is a faithful condensation of Bradbury’s 1950 novel about censorship and enforced conformity. In addition to excellent and effective illustration, some deliberate irony is included. At the bottom of page 47 an illustration includes copies of Hamlet for Dimwits, Time magazine and Classic Comics versions of Moby Dick and Treasure Island. to accompany this text from Bradbury, “…in the twentieth century speed up your camera. Condensations. Digests. Everything boils down to a snap ending. Classics cut to fill a two-minute book column.” The irony is that Hamilton also adapted Treasure Island into a graphic novel for Puffin in 2005. The Bradbury monologue is part of the Fire Chief’s explanation of how society itself has dumbed-down, and as book burners, firemen are only doing the will of the people. And as he continues on the next few pages, “More cartoons in books. More pictures … let the comic books survive. … It didn’t come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. Today, thanks to them you can stay happy all the time.”
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