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Fahrenheit 451

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by Ray Bradbury

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 03/11/1993

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The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen.

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, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization's enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury's powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which over fifty years from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

Science fiction
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury has published some 500 short stories, novels, plays and poems since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was twenty years old.

Among his many famous works are ‘Fahrenheit 451’, ‘The Illustrated Man’ and ‘The Martian Chronicles’.

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  • A book for today

    by on

    It has been said that we are currently living in a time that is an intersection between Fahrenheit 451, 1984 and Brave New World. As I started reading these again I realised just how true this is.

  • Better Than Watching Parlor Walls

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    Fahrenheit 451 is a classic Science Fiction novel with important dystopian themes but still leaves a little to be desired in my opinion. I'm surprised to say this given that I am huge fan of Ray Bradbury but I just didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected. I didn't really feel much for Guy Montag or find his newfound love of books completely authentic. It appeared to stem only from conversations with another character we barely know at the beginning and also the distaste which he develops for his job. The character feels more like a storytelling device at times.

    Despite this, Fahrenheit 451's depiction of this near-future society and its supression of knowledge is brilliant. There is a preciousness to books but also troublesome potential for those who seek control over people's thoughts. This is a powerful theme and Ray Bradbury's unique ability to create surreal environments which immerse the reader is again on display. I found the ending somewhat bizarre however, and the whole novel just a bit disjointed. I think it was created by merging short stories and this can be apparent. Nevertheless, this a very good piece of work and absolutely worth the read.