Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

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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.

Over 1 million copies sold in the UK.

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 230g
  • HarperVoyager
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780006546061
  • 2,076

Review Text

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 with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family." But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn't live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
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Review quote

'Another indispensible classic' The Times

'Fahrenheit 451 is the most skilfully drawn of all science fiction's conformist hells'
Kingsley Amis

'Bradbury's is a very great and unusual talent'
Christopher Isherwood

'Ray Bradbury has a powerful and mysterious imagination which would undoubtedly earn the respect of Edgar Allen Poe' Guardian

'It is impossible not to admire the vigour of his prose, similes and metaphors constantly cascading from his imagination' Spectator

'As a science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury has long been streets ahead of anyone else' Daily Telegraph

'No other writer uses language with greater originality and zest. he seems to be a American Dylan Thomas - with dsicipline' Sunday Telegraph
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About Ray Bradbury

One of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers of all time, Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1920. He moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1934. Since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was twenty years old, he published some 500 short stories, novels, plays, scripts and poems. Among his many famous works are Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles. Ray Bradbury died in 2012 at the age of 91.
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2,112,828 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 36% (765,189)
4 36% (753,152)
3 20% (423,528)
2 6% (119,220)
1 2% (51,739)

Our customer reviews

Banning and burning books sounds like a nightmare to any bookworm. Can you image not being allowed to read books? *shudders at the thought* Let me start off my saying how much I loved this book! I loved the fact that Guy was willing to risk everything he had for the sake of a couple of books; his job, his home, his wife, even his life. This man, who's job it once was to burn books, who comes from a culture that devalues reading and would rather ask "how" than "why," came to the realization that reading and literature is essential to a person's well-being. So essential in fact, that he would even kill for it... One memorable part of the book was how these once-educated men (professors and writers), who were now refereed to as "hobos," memorized books. I loved the idea of having an entire book being split up amongst all the people in a town, with each citizen knowing a different chapter. Storing the words inside their heads until a time came for them to retell these stories. Read the full review here: http://anchoredinabook.blogspot.com/2014/06/keeping-it-classy-fahrenheit-451.htmlshow more
by Kathleen Ramirez
I read this back in 2011, and it became one of my favourite books. All I can say is if you believe you are a fan of �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??dystopian�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? novels and you�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??ve not read this book, you must, absolutely MUST pick this up. �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??Let you alone! That�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s all very well, but how can I leave myself alone? We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? This was my first exposure to Bradbury�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s writing, and how I wish this had been the other book we had studied in A Level English alongside Orwell�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s 1984, and not Atwood�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s A Handmaid�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s Tale. Honestly. Bradbury�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s world building and writing just blew me away. The story follows a fireman, named Montag. Although he is not a �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??Fireman�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? as you and I imagine. He is not the type of �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??Firefighter�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? who answers 999 calls and rushes into burning buildings, nope. A �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??fireman�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??, in Bradbury�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s world, is someone who is charged by the government with the responsibility to burn books. BURN. BOOKS. The ultimate sign of oppression and control, hindering people of their own opinions and intelligence, and making sure it stays hindered by keeping them in fear of their lives and community. There are actually a couple of features in this book which are strangely Orwellian, despite �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??1984�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? coming along at a later date, which infact makes the Orwellian elements mimick Bradbury instead? Instead of books being allowed in this world, people have television. Not just regular televisions though, but entire walls of their homes are replaces with giant screens. �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??The average TV commercial of sixty seconds has one hundred and twenty half-second clips in it, or one-third of a second. We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for thinking.�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? Despite having done the job for a decade, Montag never truly stopped to think about what it was he was doing, until he met his young neighbour, who openly questions- although quietly questions- why exactly it is They want to burn the books and deprive people of �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??meaningless�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? words. Surely if words were powerless, then they would have nothing to be afraid of and therefore would not need to censor it? Right? �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??Do you understand now why books are hated and feared? Because they reveal the pores on the face of life. The comfortable people want only the faces of the full moon, wax, faces without pores, hairless, expressionless.�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? I can�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??t recommend this book enough. Give it a shot, even if you aren�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??t sure. For more of my reviews, please visit thebookheap at wordpress http://thebookheap.wordpress.comshow more
by Andrea Thompson
Dubbed as a "modern classic", briefly, this tale of censorship is an easier to read, sci-fi version of '1984'. There were some shocking insights into what the world would be like without books, independent thought, and questions the extent to which happiness should be pursued. One may even take from it the danger of the media having too much control over our lives, and the result of technology progressing too much. It was an interesting read with some clever twists (such as the interpretation of "all men are equal"). It's definitely a book worth reading, but the plot seemed a bit rushed to me. I'm still not sure if I liked the ending.show more
by Grace McCorkill
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