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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 (original 1953; edition 2001)

by Ray Bradbury

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In Bradbury leggiamo la denuncia sulla possibile negativa evoluzione della nostra società e purtroppo va detto che a distanza di cinquant’anni molto si è avverato. Nel mondo di Fahrenheit 451 non è stato un atto deliberato dello Stato, atto al controllo delle masse, che ha proibito l’uso del mezzo culturale. La società stessa si è posta quel tabù, cercando la semplificazione, la massificazione, nel tentativo di non creare individui infelici che si sentissero diversi, ha gradualmente abbandonato ogni forma di cultura. Lo Stato in questo scenario ha soltanto legittimato un dato di fatto, istituendo i corpi di vigili del fuoco, qui impegnati ad ardere e non a estinguere il fuoco. Si viene così a creare una dottrina dell’anti-cultura, esemplificata nella figura del capitano di Montag: i libri non vengono bruciati in quanto tali, ma per quello che contengono, riflessioni di uomini morti, storie di evasione, tutto l’universo che i libri rappresentano. Chi si avvicina alla lettura, dice il capitano in un delirio di semplificazione, si sente superiore a coloro che non leggono. Perciò la società di Fahrenheit 451 ha deciso di eliminare ogni fonte possibile di diversità, per lasciare i cittadini in una beata incoscienza, che non li rende informati neanche sull’apocalittica guerra che si svolge nelle pagine finali del romanzo.
Dall’altra parte, gli uomini-libro, coloro che hanno mandato a memoria i libri in una società che non permetteva loro di possederli, non si sentono affatto degli eletti. “Tu non sei importante” dice Granger, un uomo-libro, a Montag nelle pagine finali. Anche quando i libri esistevano, aggiunge, la gente li ha rifuggiti creando il sistema attuale. Però è importante che in qualche modo il messaggio che essi contengono venga preservato, lasciando la possibilità di essere scoperto. Quindi Fahreinheit 451 non è un mero inno all’importanza della lettura, ma un inno alla possibilità di scelta, alla libertà. ( )
  Zeruhur | May 26, 2012 |
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Great short book that shows a realistic type world that we could be heading to. This book is rich with warning signs that you could see in our present day. It's a very interesting read. Not a book that you are going to be sucked into the story, but more of a book that will make you think. ( )
  renbedell | Aug 23, 2015 |
I enjoyed the story and the themes it brings to light, but I really don't enjoy his style of writing. I have to read and re-read repeatedly to get what he's trying to say for some reason. This is one case where I actually would have preferred to see the movie! ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Knowing that this book is a classic still did not prepare me for how beautiful the writing is. Bradbury creates a fascinating, complex character and an intriguing world. I found myself savoring the language as well as being caught up in the adventure. Definitely worth checking out. ( )
  louis.arata | Jul 31, 2015 |
Great novel about a futuristic world full of technology but books are forbidden! A young man who is in the profession of burning books, comes to know their power and gifts. He seeks out truth. This is a fantastic book for high school kids to discuss politics, society, technology, and culture. Advanced middle school students could enjoy this book as well. The novel won the Hugo Award in 1953 and 2004 and the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award in 1984. It is on the Library of Congress' list of books that shaped America and the ALA's Most Challenged List 2000-2009.
  PikeH | Jul 26, 2015 |
This book makes you think. A dystopian novel set in a future America, citizens are not allowed to read books. Special units called firemen are sent to destroy books and sometimes the people that own them. This story revolves around the awakening of one fireman and his struggle to accept the truth of his world. What if history was destroyed and forgotten? ( )
  Melina_Hiatt_Easter | Jul 16, 2015 |
Fahrenheit 451 is one of ray Bradbury's classic story taken place in the future about a fireman, Guy Montag, who is struggling within himself of whether or not he is doing the right thing when it comes to his job. As a fireman, Montag must find book inside people's residence and burn them destroying ideas and manuscripts that at one time had enriched people's lives. It is a story that explores censorship. To me, the story started off slow, but it picks up as you continue to look inside the moral dilemma that is plaguing Montag. A good read. ( )
  JustJohn.DeYoung | Jul 13, 2015 |
This book ages so well. Just as relevant as it ever was ... which is concerning ... ( )
  beebowallace | Jul 10, 2015 |
I am so glad that I decided to read this book! I absolutely loved it. I would even say that it is one of my all time favourites.

[a:Ray Bradbury|1630|Ray Bradbury|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1361491094p2/1630.jpg] was an amazing writer. He captured relearning how to think perfectly. It makes the book so much more authentic for the dystopia he has created. It is fascinating to watch Guy Montag's thoughts progress throughout the course of the novel. Although, to me, it was fairly obvious that Clarisse was the trigger for thinking, I didn't envision her dying. I thought she was going to be involved in Montag's journey--more than the spark, but even though she dies, Montag brings her along for his journey any ways. At the turning points in the novel, where Montag could have just given up he thinks of her. Mildred's fate is definitely a sad one, however from what we know of her she has pretty much already died. Her role in the novel (I think) is to show the way that the society has mind washed the people. She blindly follows orders, she doesn't think, she spends her days glued to the massive TV's that she calls her 'family'. Her overdose at the beginning of the novel, to me, signified that she, as a unique person, had died. She had to have her blood pumped out or she would have died. So she, from that point on, became completely dependant on the government. The concepts introduced in [b:Fahrenheit 451|4381|Fahrenheit 451|Ray Bradbury|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1351643740s/4381.jpg|1272463] are quite elaborate ideas, but then again The internet would have been science-fiction 200 years ago. I do love that the TV's interact with the viewer personally. I think in order to brainwash the masses, as is done in the novel, that would most definitely play a crucial part. The idea of the 'Hounds' is an extremely scary one, if that technology was to actually exist, anyone could kill someone while sitting at home. All it takes is the persons unique scent. Faber is a great representation of the previous generation. His character gives insight into the transition age. He grew up in a time that still had books and free thinking. At first I though the men that Montag meets on the other side of the river were just fugitives, but when they introduce their 'book-selves' their role in the correction of the dystopian society is made much clearer. I love that they are just planning on waiting the war out and passing their knowledge down. Granger is probably my favourite of the 'Travelling Books', his comparison of our history to the Phoenix is beautiful. It's not often that a dystopian society is sent on the correct path again in such a philosophical manner.
There was a silly damn bird called a Phoenix back before Christ, every few hundred years he built a pyre and burned himself up...And it looks like we're doing the same thing, over and over.

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  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
Fahrenheit 451 is a great book that I didn't appreciate when I had to read it for school when I was younger. I am so glad I decided to read it again and actually finish it this time. A society that only wants the good and action pack, no time for thoughts or things that don't affect them right this second. It's an extreme version of where we are at today. I don't think we'll ever have a group of people to burn books, but a lot about the masses in Fahrenheit 451 mirror what people are like today. Kind of scary. Some parts were confusing and jumpy, like there were hints of war coming up but at the end it just seemed so sudden and the "outlaws" already had a plan in tact and Guy got there in the nick of time after realizing he needs things to change. ( )
  GrlIntrrptdRdng | May 14, 2015 |
I wonder whether or not Ray Bradbury was able to see into the future. We certainly don't burn books en masse as in the case of Guy Montag, but ever-present television has come to invade all elements of Western life.

My favorite part of this book is the discussion of the two political candidates, Hoag and Noble. Hoag is short, fat, and unattractive, while Noble plays the part of a good looking and well dressed young politician. No discussion of anything resembling goals, policies, or visions, just amazement among several of the characters that anyone would ever consider voting for somebody that looked like Hoag.

In other words, ignorance is bad, folks. If there's anything to be taken away from Bradbury's work, it's that books help people escape ignorance and live a more fulfilled life. Most of the characters in this book have never read anything other than headlines from the evening news, and their lives are incredibly empty and confused for it. A few examples - the regularity and blase nature that people go out for 100 mph car rides in the middle of the night to escape sadness, an incredibly high suicide rate, total detachment from actual emotional connections with other people, the list goes on.

The book has holes, but it's value overcomes all of that. A must read.

4/5 for a strong message, well rounded characters, and a unique storyline ( )
1 vote bdtrump | May 9, 2015 |
This book would be good to look at when talking about how the future might be different. I think students would like this book because of how different the world could be. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | May 4, 2015 |
Prophetic book about the dangers of PC police, written in the fifties. ( )
  brone | May 1, 2015 |
Uma excelente alegoria sobre os perigos do anti-intelectualismo e da censura, razoavelmente bem fundamentada. Mas não se iguala a 1984 (Orwell), Nós (Zamyatin) e Admirável Mundo Novo (Huxley), que pensaram questões filosóficas em nível mais elevado e nos deram cenários mais plausíveis nos quais o espírito humano é destroçado. Fahrenheit 451 é antes um sinal de alerta, simplista e de foco mais estreito. Também excessivamente didático, pouco nuançado, nada sutil quanto à formulação de sua mensagem. Faltou-lhe o verniz filosófico - de resto super-abundante na ficção contemporânea (p.ex. em The Matrix) - de outras distopias. ( )
  jgcorrea | Apr 24, 2015 |
I would have expected this pretentious crap from hacks like Ayn Rand. I suppose my memories of loving to read Ray Bradbury as a teenager could have been chalked up to naive ignorance. This would not have been the first book I've re-read and changed my rating. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
Impressed me when I was young and reading everything by Bradbury because I'd loved Dandelion Wine so much, and also impressed me when I read it because our library was promoting it as a community read. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Yes, but Kindle.
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |

Guy Montag is a fireman, but not like the firemen we know. 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.

This is a classic, and a great one to read and reread. Bradbury takes a believable world, and chooses a possible path to a future that no one should want to exist. It's a great example of why I love scifi books. It's the chance to look around and ask what if. Then, you can take that what if and run. Here, the idea of people watching more television and eventually stop reading changes how life is lived. We follow Montag who goes from unquestioning, no-thought living to wanting to read. He begins to look around and see the world he lives in to find things that are better than walls that are televisions. He learns to question things. It shows a very believable future that can still happen if tv's grow so large they take up entire walls (how far are we really from this already?), pop culture being more important that reading and learning (practically there), and thoughtful consideration being so discouraged it's illegal.
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  jessica_reads | Mar 24, 2015 |
An excellent read for a rainy day! A deep, thoughtful experience that leads you though the emotional journey that Mr. Montag experiences as the protagonist, and the development he receives through the book. Bradbury does an excellent job conveying the urgency and the feeling of the world spinning around the character as the reality of this dystopian future sets in his mind. In the surprisingly short time that Clarisse is in the book, we are emotionally connected from her from the start. The investment that Montag gives her is enough to make us care about what happens to her- (What did ever happen to her, anyways?) . The surrounding characters provide the grey washed out-ness that Bradbury is trying to convey about this future of bland, boring people, conformed into the same iron mold. The only thing I begrudge this book is that Beatty feels like a strange pawn to shout exposition. The quotes, while somewhat appropriate, seem to be more of a "tack out the quotes, shout more quotes; MORE QUOTES!!!!!! Are you confused yet? MORE QUOTES!" He does make for an interesting antagonist, though, and the interaction between Montag and Betty is intriguing. ( )
  Hide_The_Books | Mar 22, 2015 |
a brilliant novella that really stuck a deep chord in me. The idea of a society in which books are outlaws and new ideas wither and die is the kind of stff that keeps me up at night. Just an absolutely captivating read as we follow the journey of a 'fireman', who job is to seek out rogue book hoarders and scorch their trove to ashes. ( )
  nmg1 | Mar 20, 2015 |
Ear thimbles playing music constantly. Wall TV. Women starving themselves until they look like bacon strips. Actual police chases televised in living color. Kids tearing around in cars at insane speeds just for something to do. The country at war and nobody knows why. A total disconnect with the natural world. Does any of this sound even the least bit familiar? Bradbury's classic is a first-rate thriller that will never get old. ( )
1 vote JMlibrarian | Mar 3, 2015 |
Classic! It is just that simple! Classic! ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
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. "Frightening in its implications...Mr. Bradbury's account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating." Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns. Fahrenheit 45 is a short novel set in the (perhaps


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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  Tutter | Feb 23, 2015 |
Written in the early 1950s, "Fahrenheit 451" is both a speculative work of the future while also a semi-prophetic piece by Ray Bradbury. A fireman of the future who burns down homes, instead of saving them, because they possess books begins to question his profession and society after he begins reading.

Guy Montag, a professional fireman, has been secretly hoarding books he's suppose to be burning when he meets Clarisee a young neighbor that asks a lot of Why? questions. Then after his wife's suicide attempt and Clarisee's sudden disappearance, Guy begins questioning his profession and society openly leading him to lose both his wife and home then being condemned as a public threat because of his love of books.

Bradbury wrote about a futuristic society that lived through television, or interactive media, a world only like our own. However, Bradbury's world has outlawed books because they make people feel bad or are contradictory or are lies or the actual truth; taking "political correctness" to a extreme and creating a society that indulges people's self-esteem. Bradbury then questioned what if one of the men charged with preserving that society leading to Guy Montag's challenging his society, in particular his wife and his boss.

Bradbury explores this speculative world and society through a narrative that reads both as a short story and a novella, but comes off as something in the middle. Overall the entire narrative is good, however it's not without it's flaws especially when it comes to the death of Clarisee, the introduction of Faber, the entity of the Hound, and the sudden ending of Montag's society through mutually assured destruction. But in balance the foolishness of Captain Beatty at taunting a man holding a flamethrower and Bradbury's correct assumption of the future entertainment value of the highway chase are strong additions.

"Fahrenheit 451" is both a speculative story of the future from time of it's first publication as well as important warning for us today about the over-protection of an individual's feelings. Bradbury worried that radio and television would be used to control people's opinions and lifestyle to their own determent, especially if there was nothing to compete with them like books. Although Bradbury doesn't say it, one has the feeling that just after World War II he thought that the idea that it was a small step between burning books to burning people was still something to fear because only the instruments had changed. ( )
  mattries37315 | Feb 17, 2015 |
I have discovered the beautiful Mr. Bradbury, embarrassingly late in life. In fact the day after he passed away, is when I got my first Bradbury book. This is one of those standout life-affirming books that fill up your mind. With his superlative ability to pull heart-wrenching metaphors out of his hat, his underlying sense of irony and idealism and his clearly passionate love for the human mind, Mr. Bradbury is one of those authors that you must read in order to complete your education.He manages to leave you with a sense of hope and desire to change the world even when he writes of dystopia. ( )
  swati.ravi | Feb 9, 2015 |
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