Fahrenheit 451Book - 1982
"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
From Library Staff
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 »
> 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 »
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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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.
"'I hate a Roman named Status Quo!'"
[Granger quoting his grandfather, to Montag.]
"… 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]
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds...''
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..."
"'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.'"
"'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.'"
"Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore."
"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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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.
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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