- Publisher: Del Rey Books
- Format: Paperback | 179 pages
- Dimensions: 108mm x 178mm x 15mm | 91g
- Publication date: 6 February 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0345342968
- ISBN 13: 9780345342966
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 1,942
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this timeless classic with a special edition featuring a new foreword by the author and a message that is as relevant today as when it was first published. Since the late 1940s, Ray Bradbury has been revered for his works of science fiction and fantasy. With more than 4 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 - originally published in 1953 - remains his most acclaimed work. Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns. Fahrenheit 451 is a short novel set in the (perhaps near) future when `firemen` burn books forbidden by the totalitarian `brave new world` regime. The hero, according to Mr. Bradbury, is `a book burner who suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas and cry out silently when put to the torch.` Today, when libraries and schools are still `burning` certain books, Fahrenheit 451 is a work of even greater impact and timeliness.
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Ray Bradbury is America's foremost writer of science fiction and fantasy. Among his most popular adult books are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Death is a Lonely Business. In addition, he has written several books for children, including Switch on the Night. In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has had on so many for so many years, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the National Medal of Arts in 2004. He lives in Los Angeles.
By Kitty Morris 17 Jan 2012
I dont often (ever?) write book reviews. But WTF - here goes. I had to read this at high school, which is kind of a killer for any book. And we dissected it, and discussed the symbolism, and...yawn...But I've just read it again (my boyfriend told me to on pain of - well you wouldn't want to know) and...wow. Its so different when you're reading it for fun. I loved it. Its an inverted world, with inverted values, and ...well would happen if the firemen DID burn all the books? I love the way the writer works though this question. I dont think he actually knows the answer at the start, and maybe even at the end, but OMG it chills you just thinking through it. And so this book keeps you engrossed - what will happen? Will Montag do his duty or do what is right? You have to read it to find out!
By Blake 02 Dec 2010
This book was, and still is, totally riveting and unputdownable (I don't care if that isn't a real word)! The images were so well placed and I just cannot believe this book was written over 50 years ago. It posseses a timelessness that is true of all classic, but this is somehow different. It tells of a dystopic future that is still very much relevent today. In contrast to Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four", this book never fails to excite, it is always powering on, it's images whirling in your mind, like the ashes of the books the protagonist, Guy Montag, burns. This book can be read over and over, each time something new gleaned from its pages. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read.
Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. And Guy Montag knew what he had to do....