Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

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Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames ... never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of past when people were not afraid. Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think ... and Guy Mantag suddenly realized what he had to do! From back of book cover.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [1982]
Copyright Date: ©1951
ISBN: 9780345342966
0345342968
9781451673319
9780743247221
0743247221
Branch Call Number: SCIFI BRADB...R
Characteristics: 179 pages ; 18 cm
Notes: "A Del Rey book."
"Fahrenheit 451-- the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns--"
Includes an afterword, coda, and interview with Ray Bradbury by Linda Del Rey

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Set in a bleak future where books are outlawed and destroyed by the government sanctioned Firemen. When one Fireman, Montag, begins to question what he’s been taught, he’s found out & must escape with his life! Classic science fiction novel by the author of the equally recommended The Marti... Read More »

It's a classic; talks about a future without books (heaven forbid) and it seems to be rewritten in many different ways to cover other current events. -- Roe D.

Uncanny prediction of the future, reading done in schools, opens up debates about today's society. Below is from the NYTimes:
Ray Bradbury, that lucky poet, wrote "Fahrenheit 451" in 1953, and yet it speaks directly to today. In terms of technology, Bradbury accurately extrapolated, fro... Read More »

Three reasons:
> The book is very relevant today given how prescient is was about the evolution of communication technology & media / social media / commercialism - and autocracy
> It is accessible / not overwhelming (unlike my back-up recommendation: War & Peace)
> The book refl... Read More »

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GreenwichFiction Feb 28, 2018

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames ... never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of past when people were not afraid. Th... Read More »


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janerf
Sep 10, 2020

Yeah, it’s about burning books. But also about so much more...
Why do we always have enough to eat and everybody hates us?
Those who don't build must burn.
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?
You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be.

When the Germans invaded France in WWI, and again when Germany invaded both west and east in WWII, they believed and planned for very short military operations. WW1, they expected only a couple of months for France to embrace their new German leadership. (“The Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman)
People really are that stupid.

Published in 1953. And here we are... as stupid as ever.

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TheBorgQueen
Aug 19, 2020

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, follows a man named Guy Montag. Montag is a fireman- people who are responsible for burning books that people in this society illegally own. In this society, people who have independent thoughts and enjoy nature and books are considered suspicious and are usually the outcasts of society. Montag meets one of these outcasts, named Clarisse, a seventeen year old girl. She talks to him about nature and books, which is strange for a citizen in this society. Through the conversations with Clarisse and some unsettling events, Montag starts to see the value of books and why many are ready to lay down their lives for them, and he starts to realize that his society’s values are wrong.

I liked this book. If you like science fiction and dystopian books, I would recommend this book to you. This book is a classic, so I would say that you should read it at least once.

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ShreBas
Aug 05, 2020

Fahrenheit 451 is an award-winning novel written by Ray Bradbury. Known as an American classic, this story takes place in a dystopia where the acquiring of knowledge is restricted so much so that there’s a branch if the government whose sole purpose is to hunt down any book owned by the people and burn them. Guy Montag, the protagonist, is an employee of this branch and is in charge of incinerating the books. The story focusses on his change from doing his job brainlessly to learning from these books and questioning society. Overall, this book was an interesting read as the story is fast-paced and thought-provoking. This story warns the reader about the dangers of giving up the right to be informed and educated. It encourages readers to think for themselves and not fall into the traps of societal conditioning.

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IshaanGupta30
Jul 23, 2020

Fahrenheit 451 is based in a dystopian society where happiness is a priority. According to the government, the only way to receive happiness is to stay away from books. Books apparently cause unhappiness and lead to dangerous ideas. The government burns all books with the help of firemen, whose primary job is to burn books owned by people. Guy Montag is the protagonist who questions this law of burning books for happiness.
At first, the concept of not reading books can be a little shocking but the concept is very interesting because of two reasons: the story was written over 60 years ago and because there is a slight possibility that it might come true if people don’t read books. It seems dark at first but the strong themes such as freedom, censorship, and conformity of society are gorgeously described.

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RyanLe16
Jul 22, 2020

Fahrenheit 451 tells the tale of a dystopian society which burns books rather than read in order to control its society from dangerous notions. Guy Montag, a firefighter, undergoes a transformation from a firefighter who does not think twice about burning books to a firefighter who questions the inverted society that the story takes place in. Montag meets the catalyst to his change in Charisse, an abnormality of a citizen in the dystopian society. As the novel continues, Montag’s character goes through a series of challenges mentally as he questions what really is correct in society.
This story written by Ray Bradbury demonstrates the strength that an individual must have to break away from the restrictions placed upon them in the dystopian society. I loved reading this novel as it teaches the reader that no matter the situation, with enough strength, anything is possible. I loved all of the literary devices that Fahrenheit 451 is replete with because it allows the reader to learn so much more. I would definitely recommend this book to others as it is an amazing story that is beautifully written.
- Age Rating: 15+

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leejuliet
Jul 20, 2020

The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian tale about a man named Montag living in a universe where reading is considered an illegal act. Throughout this plot, Montag faces difficult and transformative decisions that force him to live cautiously while disobeying the government’s orders. The chaos started when he encountered a young woman who he considered an outsider due to her unworldly knowledge and questions for Montag. This caused him to reevaluate his purposes for life and thus make a rash decision to break the leash connecting him to society. After reading a few books, Montag is then hunted down by brainwashed firefighters that were determined to extinguish his home and all the books he was hiding. As the young man fled to his safety, he reconsidered his experience at his hometown and discovered the fake news the media had posted about his disappearance. Montag accepted this outcome and thrived to live a new life with this transformation from a lazy citizen to a free and knowledgeable man.

This story that depicts the courage one must have in order to set themselves free from their burdens is enticing and very well-written. Personally, I believe that this book would be a great fit to students in the age range of 12-15 years. I thoroughly enjoyed how the encounter between an atypical woman and a man representing the ordinary person caused Montag to start using his brain as fuel for his own decisions. This reminds readers that there is much more to what we may see within our own surroundings,and that overcoming a difficult situation is very challenging but worth it. Bradbury’s masterpiece deserves a 5 star rating.

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smhgeo422
Jul 17, 2020

This dystopian fiction novel takes place in an oppressive society, where truth is often obscured. Ignorance among people flourishes, and is mainly demonstrated when firemen, who are supposed to put out fires, ironically set books on fire. Of these firemen include Guy Montag, the main character, who rarely wonders about his actions. When all hope is lost, the author introduces Clarisse McClellan, a unique character who has the strange ability to consider, question, and contemplate. When these two meet, Clarisse asks a seemingly simple question about Montag’s state of being. In doing so, Montag is shocked to find out he is unsatisfied with his life. This marks the beginning of Montag’s emotional and intellectual transformation.
This book, written by Ray Bradbury, is a great piece I think many should dig into to wonder for themselves if they are living how they want to. This book serves as a reminder that we as humans, who have the advantage to think logically and cleverly, should think for our actions. This book has lots to analyze, so I’d recommend this to ages 14 and up, and I rate it 5 stars.

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bshihab
Jul 13, 2020

Fahrenheit 451, a novel written by Ray Bradbury, is set in a dystopian society where the government tries to stay in control of its people by keeping everyone happy. To keep the happiness, firefighters burn books in order to control unhappy concepts from spreading around the community. Guy Montag, the main character, is a firefighter who is brainwashed like the rest of his society. As he starts to question the book burning policy, he is confronted with major character transformation. This all started when Montag met with Clarisse, a seventeen-year-old girl who is an outcast. Through Clarisse, he starts to learn that his life and the lives of the people around him are empty and meaningless. He also learned that books can enlighten someone with knowledge rather than engulfing people with dark thoughts, which is what the government tried to convince the people into believing. Montag is soon found hoarding books, and he must decide whether to escape his society or go back to his previous ways.

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suveen
Jul 13, 2020

Fahrenheit 451
The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a futuristic novel about a fireman who burns buildings instead of saving them. In their society, books are frowned upon and everyone is glued to their electronics. If you were considered normal in our society today then there was something wrong with you in that society. This book is pretty good and is certainly very dystopian. I disliked some of the writing in the book and the ending. Some parts of the books are also hard to understand. Overall, I personally wouldn’t recommend this book but it is still a good read.

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gurleen03
Jun 25, 2020

Have you ever imagined if the world banned all books? Well, if you have, then the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is an excellent book to showcase this idea and the experience of one particular person: Guy Montag. Montag is a firefighter who has to burn books (paper burns at 451 degrees Fahrenheit, hence the book’s name) even if it is at a hidden house. It is illegal to own books in this dystopian society he resides in. Amongst the reasons books were banned is to keep the society unaware of events and in a way retain them as illiterate. But when Montag encounters his neighbor, Clarrise, he interrogates the reason behind burning books since she inspired him to read confiscated books to educate himself. I was interested in how the structure of the events in this novel was put together as it raised many exciting situations. Additionally, I loved how technology was going to take over as a future reality that included big televisions since it was relatable to today’s society.

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jwillilib
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.

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RunningJoke
Aug 13, 2019

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

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RunningJoke
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]

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Dgamboa2
Jun 25, 2019

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

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rmlrml
Feb 12, 2019

Fire is bright and fire is clean.

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rmlrml
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..."

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KeenaL
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.'"

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KeenaL
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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ssk22
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.

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charliemar
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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