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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 (original 1953; edition 1980)

by Ray Bradbury

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The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

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Title:Fahrenheit 451
Authors:Ray Bradbury
Info:Del Rey (1980), Mass Market Paperback
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)

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The "warning dystopia" genre taken to another level. No matter how one chooses to understand the bunch of symbolism, metaphors and hidden messages included in this work, no one could be immune to the extreme and fierce irony depicted in a book about burning books. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is a must read to those who understand the value of words and the power of being allowed to used it freely. ( )
  P.C.Menezes | May 15, 2024 |
Before reading, I assumed to find a sort of pseudo-intellectual story of angst in which there's the "woke" minority that battles an oppressive society full of the oblivious, blundering masses. However, I should have known not to ascribe the typical YA dystopian plot devices to a well-known and respected classic (No hate to YA dystopia novels, I enjoy them as well just in a different way!). The story is incredibly rich despite its succinctness. The plot follows the main character's self-liberation from a society that revolves around censorship and abolishing free thought in attempt to not rock the boat (i.e. questions of morality, existence, and complex, opposing thoughts/opinions). Keeping people constantly distracted, in perpetual motion, with incessant stimuli to leave no room for the inhabitants to question the invisible prison cell built around them. Those who do "break out" are not characterized as martyrs, gods, or wiser men, just simply people hoping for better which I find refreshing and realistic. The message rings true and the constant blurred repetition of life is all too familiar to myself as I assume it is to most readers. Sometimes, I wonder what life would be like if I didn't think. Having all these thoughts, feelings, and experiences tumbling around, fighting each other, walking hand in hand, or never crossing paths. I find it concerningly appealing to be rid of it. But, reading a book like Fahrenheit 451 makes you appreciate the struggles of learning, believing, and existing in shades other than black and white. Without it, life is pale. Yes, the colors sometimes clash, but I'd much prefer a room full of color over one devoid of it. And you might see a million rooms painted red time and time over, but you can still hope that one day someone will have the foresight (or afterthought) to paint one blue instead. ( )
  allygiorgi | Apr 30, 2024 |
Deservedly classic story, although not one of my favourites of Bradbury. I've always found his viewpoints individualistic and uncommon, so this moral tale of altered social norms seems less effective than his other works. ( )
  sfj2 | Apr 25, 2024 |
Yes, there are definitely "better written" books and stories but somehow Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, hits me hard. You become immersed in a world that is attempting to eliminate books, ideas, from the world. At the core of the story is the question of how long can a person run on empty? Nothing but driving fast- really, really fast!, 24/7 noise and bright color- all provided by a government that wants to keep its populace busy but not thinking.
In this story, Montag is a Fireman- he burns books. That's the purpose of Firemen, to burn things that distract people from distractions. Burn things that allow people to think, contemplate, have conversation... the allow people to sit quietly and just be.
I love this book.
I hat this book because this book shows what could happen. What in some ways is already happening. Censorship. The groups taking over. Each group being unhappy so everyone editing to make each group happy and then the material is just threadbare and boring and you have nothing to think about.
At the end of the book, after the afterward, Bradbury writes. in CODA his feelings of censorship. I don't recall this part being what I read 50 years ago when I was in high school. But then, even though I know I read the book in high school, I did not recall the book as I read it now.
CODA is wonderful. It also makes you dive deeper into the meaning of the book.
Read this book, please. ( )
  PallanDavid | Apr 23, 2024 |
Warum nur haben ich mit dem Lesen so lange gewartet?? Was für ein tolles Buch!
Ich sehe Parallelen zu aktuellen Bestrebungen, Bücher "umzuschreiben" um politisch nicht mehr korrekte Ausdrücke auszumerzen. So fängt das an, und ich frage mich wo das hinführt...
Sehr beklemmend, aber unglaublich gut!
Das Ende war ein bisschen... holprig?! Nimmt dem Buch aber nichts von seiner Klasse! ( )
  Katzenkindliest | Apr 23, 2024 |
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"If they give you ruled paper,
write the other way."
Juan Ramón Jiménez
the temperature at which
book-paper catches fire and burns
This one, with gratitude,
is for
Don Congdon
First words
It was a pleasure to burn.
Montag gazed beyond them to the wall with the typed lists of a million forbidden books.
It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away.
But that's the wonderful things about man; he never gets so discouraged or disgusted that he gives up doing it all over again, because he knows very well it is important and worth the doing.
I'm afraid of children my own age. they kill each other. Did it always use to be that way? My uncle says no. Six of my firends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks. I'm afraid of them and they don't like me because I'm afraid. My uncle says his grandfather remembered when children didn't kill each other. But that was a long time ago when they had things different. They believed in responsibility, my uncle says. Do you know, I'm responsible. I was spanked when I needed it, years ago. And I do all the shopping and housecleaning by hand.
But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy of truth and freedom, the solid unmoving cattle of the majority. Oh, God, the terrible tyranny of the majority.
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Fiction. Science Fiction & Fantasy. HTML:

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.


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"The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning... along with the houses in which they were hidden." Fahrenheit 451 is an enlightening story that is almost daunting. In a place where firemen build fires to burn books, this story is somewhat forboding because although it may seem extreme, it causes the reader to look at how much we take books and freedom for granted. Guy Montag goes outside the norm of a society where relationships are based on material things in order to try to discover how life would be if one were to actually think and live for themselves instead of being told what to do and how to behave.

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A fireman burns books
But then he dares to read one
And goes on the lam

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