Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

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Sixty years after its originally publication, Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 stands as a classic of world literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Today its message has grown more relevant than ever before.

Guy Montag is a fireman. 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 when 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, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.
Publisher: New York ;, Toronto, Ontario :, Simon and Schuster Paperbacks,, 2013.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed. ; 60th Anniversary ed.
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9781451673319
Characteristics: xvi, 249 pages ;,22 cm.


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Apr 20, 2021

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is a book with many layers and lots of symbolism that somehow still manages to fall short. Guy Montag is a man who loves to burn. He relishes the feeling of mercilessly destroying fragile objects. This reflects his job, as he burns books for a living. He lives with his beautiful wife and has no problems with his life - that is, until a girl named Clarisse shows up. She teaches Guy her ways, exhibiting more curiosity and empathy than any person in their right mind would be in this dystopian society. Then it hits Montag, who up until now enjoyed his life: His entire life has been a lie, and the society he lives in is actually terrible. From then on, Montag has to cope with having different opinions under the shadow of an oppressive government, meeting more people and getting into new conflicts along the way.

Symbolism is very common in this book, with major themes being death and rebirth, unnecessary destruction, and the mindlessness of non-thinkers. These are symbolized by the phoenix, salamander, and practically every type of new technology seen in the book. The books in the novel are portrayed as being almost alive, their paper pages fluttering like a bird’s wings. In fact, there is so much symbolism that it takes multiple reading sessions to get it all. This is one of this book’s major issues. Does genius really matter if it takes multiple reads to comprehend it? Why bother adding so much unnecessary subtext, occasionally required for a full understanding of the plot, that will only typically be readable by students and academics? Additionally, while the first act is great, the second and third sections start to drag on. They lack the memorability, and while they technically form a coherent story, they just don’t stick with the reader or make much of an impact. Additionally, there seem to be some very prominent anti-technology commentary, which is very overdone and in this case not supported enough for me to consider it convincing. There are also some parts which may seem problematic in today’s society, including the comment on what would now be called “cancel culture” by some.

Despite the fact that this book has potential, it unfortunately does not live up to it. I give it a 3 out of 5.

Apr 17, 2021

Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 describes a futuristic society, inspired by the changes at the end of World War II. People are disconnected from each other and do not have awareness of the people around them, all thinking is inhibited, and there are daily suicide attempts. Books are burned to stop independent thoughts, and wars are extremely common. This riveting adventure and dystopian novel follows the journey of Montag, a fireman, who recognizes that something is wrong in his society. This book is an absolute must-read for everyone, whether a teenager or an adult. In today’s world of growing addiction to technology, the book is a warning to keep ourselves in check and become aware of how we are becoming similar to and how to make sure we do not reach that height of ignorance as the people in Fahrenheit 451. I would absolutely recommend this book for anyone, especially people who are looking for books that are philosophical but also thrilling.

Apr 09, 2021

Guy Montag has been living a peaceful life as a firefighter. That is, until he meets Clarisse. She’s different; makes him see things differently, in a perspective he’s never seen before. What he thought, was not what everything else seemed to be. Books that were supposed to be bad, he found that they contained information and imagination he couldn’t even come up with. Going against the book ban, he goes on an adventure, seeking the truth.
I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I heard of it. I’m a big dystopian reader, and when I heard about the book, I read it as soon as I got my hands on it. Ray Bradbury creates a world that is so creative, but in a way, realistic. The way he shows the character development is captivating, making you want to see what they’re going to do next.

Feb 27, 2021

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel set in a future predicted in the 1950s where reading many of the books in the world is illegal. Instead of putting out fires, firemen are now burning illegal books that are found in people's houses. The main character in this story, Montag, is a fireman, and lives his life normally, going through the same routine each day, until he meets Clarisse McClellan, who changes his perspective completely. The rest of the story goes on to follow him through his journey as he slowly starts to reject his society. I enjoyed reading this novel greatly, since it was full of suspense all throughout the book. Readers are engrossed in the book, wanting to find out what happens next. It is also fascinating how the author, Ray Bradbury, was able to correctly predict some of the things in the future. For example, he predicted the invention of earbuds, which he calls seashells in his book. He also predicted wide-screen TVs. Both of these things did not exist yet when he wrote this book, so it is astounding how he is able to predict these things. The characters in this book also have unique personalities, making it even more enjoyable to read. The only thing I did not like about this book was that it ended in a little bit of a cliffhanger, and readers are left wondering what happens next. Overall, this book is very enjoyable because of the characters and the storyline, and it is definitely worth it to read this book!

Feb 25, 2021

This dystopian novel about America sometime in the future, where books are illegal and “firemen” burn them whenever they are found. The story revolves around fireman Guy Montag who realizes his will to protect literature and knowledge. Faber, a former English professor agrees to work with him to achieve his goals. However, when his secret book collection is exposed to his wife and her friends, he has to burn down his house. He then finds himself running outside the city to avoid arrest until he meets a secret community who share the same goal as him: to preserve knowledge through books. Despite being written decades ago, this book still holds the ability to remind readers of the significance and power of knowledge. I loved the theme, characters, and words of this novel and this book is for you if you are ready for a thought-provoking and captivating novel, a timeless classic by Ray Bradbury.

Feb 14, 2021

Farenheit 451 is a fascinating look at an interpretation of the future from 1953. Some of the language is a little hard to get through if you're not used to reading older books like this, but the story is intriguing enough to keep reading.

Jan 15, 2021

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel set in a society where knowledge and books are illegal and fireman set fires to everything deemed illegal. The story follows the main character Guy Montag, a fireman who lives an average life until he discovers the beauty of knowledge and books and struggles to find his purpose in society. The book's reader demographic should be 13+.

Jan 08, 2021

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel that takes place in the future where everything is different from our present society. The protagonist, Montag, is a fireman who burns all the books in the society. In this book where television rules and books are outlawed, firemen are greatly respected and honored by the society. Throughout the book, he realizes and understands this world that leads him to break regulations. I like how the plot advances and the contrasting personalities given to each character. The story grip me and kept me turning the pages continuously. The best part of the book is the knowledge you learn within the novel because of the unique society where the story is presented and the message it conveys to the readers. I would suggest this book to young readers who are interested in dystopian novels. In brief, this is one of the greatest science fiction books I’ve ever read.

Dec 28, 2020

Fahrenheit 451 is about a character named Guy Montag who is a firefighter
that burns books. He thinks that he is happy, but finds out that he actually dislikes
his life with the help of his new friend Clarisse McClellan. This book shows what
could happen if the government took control of all aspects of its citizen’s lives. I
liked how descriptive this novel was, and the abundant imagery that helped
visualize what was going on. I disliked how this book was a little confusing, and thus
would recommend it to anyone who enjoys sci-fi novels and would like to spend
some extra time deciphering the language of the novel.

pacl_teens Dec 16, 2020

The premise of living in a world where books are banned seems too out of this world to create a realistic and complex novel out of, but Fahrenheit 451 creates a very complex story with plenty of depth that places you in a very dark future, one where books are banned and outright burned. The story centers around a fireman tasked with burning books. Though after an encounter with a teacher that rejects the current system, Montag (the fireman) begins to question and waver in his beliefs and the thirst for reading and the pursuit of knowledge renders him to be outcast and a refugee, on the run from the regime he once worked for. He must now make a choice; return to the ways of old and continue the crusade against books, to tear down the regime that he once worked collaborated with for so long?
This book places the reader in a terrible moral dilemma, and while in our position the answer may seem obvious, after beginning to read the book, the answer gets more and more convoluted as one continues. Countless twists and turns leave the reader wondering how the story will truly end what the fate of the protagonist will be.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for twists and turns and moral dilemmas that would leave even the greatest philosophers scratching their heads. -Nicholas, Grade 11

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Jan 13, 2020

And if it was not the three walls soon to be four walls and the dream complete, then it was the open car and Mildred driving a hundred miles an hour across town, he shouting at her and she shouting back and both trying to hear what was said, but hearing only the scream of the car. "At least keep it down to the minimum!" he yelled. "What?" she cried. "Keep it down to fifty-five, the minimum!" he shouted. "The what?" she shrieked. "Speed!" he shouted. And she pushed it up to one hundred and five miles an hour and tore the breath from his mouth.

Aug 13, 2019

"'I hate a Roman named Status Quo!'"
[Granger quoting his grandfather, to Montag.]

Aug 13, 2019

"… Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them, at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us. …"
[Faber to Montag]

Jun 25, 2019

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds...''

Feb 12, 2019

Fire is bright and fire is clean.

Feb 12, 2019

Montag hesitated. "What—was it always like this? The firehouse, our work? I mean, well, once upon a time. . . ."

"Once upon a time!" Beatty said. "What kind of talk is that?"

Fool, thought Montag to himself, you'll give it away. At the last fire, a book of fairy tales, he'd glanced at a single line. "I mean," he said, "in the old days..."

Aug 08, 2016

"'My grandfather ran off the V-2 rocket film a dozen times and then hoped that someday our cities would open up more and let the green and the land and the wilderness in more, to remind people that were alotted a little space on earth and that we survive in that wilderness that can take back what it has given, as easily as blowing its breath on us or sending the sea to tell us we are not so big. When we forget hoe close the wilderness is in the night, my grandpa said, someday it will come in and get us, for we will have forgotten how terrible ad real it can be.'"

Aug 08, 2016

"'I hate a Roman named Status Quo!' he said to me.' stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said,'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no garantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there was, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in atree all day every day, sleeping it's life away. To hell with that,' he said,'shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.'"

britprincess1ajax Aug 02, 2016

"Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore."

britprincess1ajax Aug 02, 2016

"Most of us can't rush around, talk to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven't time, money or that many friends. The things you're looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine percent of them is in a book."

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Jul 06, 2016

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.

Apr 15, 2013

Classic, futuristic, beautiful prose.

becklein98 Jul 19, 2012

In the future, books are illegal. With the profession of 'fireman', Montag is quite happy burning down homes and occasionally their owners as he and his team destroy books. But when his neighbour, a slender blonde of fifteen, plants the idea of a better society - one where books are legal - in his mind, his curiosity leads to his qeustioning their lifestyle.


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