Fahrenheit 451: A Novel by Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451: A Novel by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel

byRay Bradbury

Paperback | January 10, 2012

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Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. 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.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
Ray Bradbury, author of more than 500 stories, poems, essays, plays, films, television plays, radio, music, and comic books, was born on August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. Twice during his childhood, Bradbury moved with his family to Arizona, returning to the midwest both times before settling permanently in Los Angeles in 1934. A...
Title:Fahrenheit 451: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from lackluster The plot sounded extremely interesting and I thought it would be stellar due to the hype. After reading it, I found the execution and writing a little lackluster and it was almost boring.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not What I Was Expecting I purchased this book knowing it is a classic in literature and was highly spoken of. When I read it, I was sorely disappointed with what I received. Was hoping for something closer to 1984 or another similar dystopian classic, but didn't get the same reaction. #PlumReview
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must-read brilliant, timely, eye-opening, disturbing, thought-provoking. Essential read.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Great dystopian novel, with an important overall message. Meanders at times, but really eye-opening
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it, not what I was expecting I have been told many times that if 1984 had a sequel Fahrenheit 451 would be it. The book has a different twist than I was expecting and there were some parts that I found hard to follow because it seemed too fantastic. Great book overall and definitely a worthwhile read. It really is a look into the future at times.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute favourite book This dystopian novel was everything I needed it to be but didn't know I wanted when I read it. I learned so much through a different view of society. One of those that when you reread you learn something new again.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lit. (And eye-opening) An amazing classic that I'd recommend to all avid readers, this dystopian story delves into what happens when books lose their significance, and Ray Bradbury does an amazing job at showing how tragic this potential future is. Thus, we're reminded of how essential books and stories are in our lives, and as a book-lover myself, this is one that I treasure.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic I first read this book in high school but have come back to it every year since. Everytime I am greatly astounded by how revelant this book is.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overrated The overall message of the book was interesting and important, but I found the book rambled in some parts. I'd heard all the hype about this book, and how you HAVE to read it, but I've read much more interesting books that manage to convey the same thing: put down your screen and read a book! Knowledge is power.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Classic! This was an amazing book! They are just releasing a Netflix series on it! Deff must read before you watch the show!! #plumrewards
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my fav all time books!!! Any book lover will likely have a love/hate relationship with this book. I can read it over and over again and this book made me also watch the movie, over and over. I love it. It's so unsettling, everything from the pill popping wife to the entire story on censorship, it's just such a strong warning of why we all need to be real and live authentic lives!
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story I read this for school and found it so creative and incredible. The symbolism was astounding.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overrated A fire metaphor filled look at what could happen if we continue to focus more on Netflix and phones and less on the written word. A bit unfocused and rambly at times but overall Bradbury was startlingly accurate in his vision of the future.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very thoughtful read I like to read this novel at least once a year as I find I'm able to see similarities in today's society and it gives me a new perspective on some issues. I highly recommend this novel, especially if you want to understand just how easily the State can take over and impact every second of people's lives.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favorite Who didn't read this in school?! I have read this one 2x. Love it very much.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book, strange ending I really liked this book! Compelling narrative, great characters, and an amazing idea that was well executed. The ending kind of drops off out of nowhere. I expected it to keep going, it was a little abrupt. But other than that I loved it.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relevant I am such a Ray Bradbury fan. This book is political and relevant especially for the modern times.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best An imaginative story of a terrifyingly possible future that will leave you wanting more
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read This A book like this won't have some spectacular ending that'll leave you wanting more, instead it's supposed to make you think and it does this by guiding you to draw comparisons from your own life to a world that is unimaginable.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting read interesting book and concept. Probably revolutionary when it came out.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A fascinating look into a not-so-far-off future. where knowledge is frowned upon and mindlessness is valued. What we used to think was a society that seemed far-fetched, turns out to be closer to the truth than we think. If we're not careful, we might end up a society that burns books and finds thrills in the numbing chatter of television.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ok I was very excited to finally read this book after all the wonderful things I had heard about it but I have to admit that this book was not nearly as good as what I had expected. By the way people were raving about, I could've sworn that it was gonna be some life changing experience but it wasn't. Instead, I found the book to be boring and kind of confusing. Definitely wouldn't pick up this book again.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daddy, what a good one Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from trash I thought that this book was over hyped but the plo was interesting
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking but nothing life changing Lots of people talk about this book as an 'essential' read, and while it is very thought provoking about the evolution of human societies, there are many other classic reads like 1984 or Brave New World that blow this out of the water
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book of all time Bradbury wrote it in fervour and passion and that comes across in the pages. A page turner and thought-provoking
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read Very powerful insight on the knowledge that books can bring to one person, and the power of free will and choice.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You've heard about it, and yes, it's worth the read. When I picked up Fahrenheit 451 and after reading the synopsis, I though, "Firemen who are paid to burn books? What blasphemy is this?!". So I skimmed through the beginning and couldn't put it down! This book is one of the very few I've read that kept me guessing. I had no idea what was coming next! The only thing I would say is a negative, is that some parts of the book are hard to follow. You need to rely on context and you're own imagination. Also the book is political and deals with topics that are very relevant to the going on's of today's society, so if you don't enjoy stories with a message, read at your own discretion. Overall, worth the read!
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever The more you read it, the more you wonder how could Bradbury write such an accurate book 60 years ago. It is totally impressive how he managed to describe a reality full of predictions about how would the World be nowadays, he did that formidably!
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Classic Well written and thoughtful. This book is a classic.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good good overall but the lecture about books kills the story a bit
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Philosophically Perfect **taken from my Goodreads review** This was a really well-written novel and I can certainly see why it was (and still is) a very popular book. There's a lot to say about it, but, rather than linger on any specifics, I'd just like to give a broad idea of what really stood out to me about it and why I liked it so much: 1. The writing was very sophisticated, descriptive, poetic, and enjoyable You know how writing styles stick out for some writers but not for others? Well, Bradbury's writing style definitely sticks out, and, as an exposition to his writing, it definitely made me curious to read more. He has talent, as well as imagination. Honestly though, you need to read for yourself in order to determine what I mean by any high praise given to the writing--all of which it deserves. 2. This book is chock-full of philosophy in the best way possible Again, I myself can't describe this. But this is a book written way before its time, foreshadowing a lot of what remains true today. The timelessness of a book from 1953 still being relevant sixty-four years later is definitely something that gives a sense of how good and universal the philosophy is. Just read it. 3. The first few pages immediately draw you in This, for me, is a rare occurrence in literature, since even some of the best novels build up to something before any of it gets exciting. Maybe it's because the entire story takes place over the course of only 158 pages that each one is just dripping with intrigue and piques the reader's interest, but, in any case, it made for an excellent start-to-finish experience. 4. Some of the events are kind of predictable, but in a good way in which you're satisfied that what you expected to happen happened, and just adore the author more for making it that way No cliches, I promise you. In fact, not everyone might've guessed the events that took place (esp. at the end of Part II and beginning of Part III, which was the breakthrough for what my expectations were from the get-go), but for me, having read a select few novels in my time, I expected it. But, boy oh boy, was I sure satisfied with reading it! So...meets expectations in a superb way, is what I'd say, and not in that "pathetically predictable" manner that a lot of books sadly follow. 5. The world that the novel takes place in is just incredible and original Definitely inspired by Orwell, I would say. And while I detested the actual storyline of "1984" because I hated the protagonist a lot, I did think that the world that Orwell imagined was really interesting, and would have liked to see it in different context. With this novel, that's exactly what you get, as well as better characters (in similar roles as in "1984"--Montag as Winston, Mildred as Katharine, Clarisse as Julia, and Beatty as O'Brien). Overall, I highly recommend it as a read to anyone who's looking for something quick and captivating. 158 pages of pure genius, both in style and in idea--R.E.A.D. I.T.! (And don't worry, no one will come and smash down your door to burn it.)
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic for a Reason Fahrenheit 451 is a superb. Bradbury takes the question of "what if books were illegal?" and turns it into a gripping novel about isolation vs community, critical thought and what it means to lead a rich, fulfilling life.
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read One of the most interesting concepts I've read so far. Gives me a different aspect on technology and our influence by it.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from True modern classic So glad I finally took the time to read this one. Not sure about the ending though.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic As he often does, Bradbury paints a horrid world not so distant from our own.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! A true classic and a must read for every book lover!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! One of Ray Bradbury best. Don't miss it.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book of literature This is a fantastic book, mandatory for all high school students.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 20th Century Literature at its BEST!!! A MUST READ and MUST OWN!!! Leaves an impact to value over a lifetime!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I wasn't expecting to really enjoy this book, but I absolutely loved it. I wish it were longer. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On Fire Love this book. The movie was great too back in the day. Too bad shepard didn't do a cover for this one too as he did for Orwells.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I read this in class, and I have to say it was a really hard book to get into but the message the the reader was given at the end of the novel made it all worth it.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good 60th anniversary edition is a great gift for a book collector #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book one of the best books, definitely recommend it to everyone
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CLASSIC A must read! First came across it in grade 10 (14 years ago) and haven't put it down since.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! I absolutely loved this book!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye-opener I seriously cannot imagine a world without books. This book has opened my eyes about how important books are in the world and how much of an impact it can put on you and the world. Not going to lie, the way it was written was kind of confusing for me because of the 50's slang used but I truly enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A World Without Books Can't imagine a world without books. In true dystopic fashion, Bradbury shows us what could become of a world that no longer saw books as a necessity. A more optimistic ending than other dystopic novels I've read. Very fast-paced and thoughtful.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great dystopian read A book that make you go "Hmmmmm"
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This is a classic book. Must read
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast paced I read Fahrenheit 451 as part of my 2017 Reading Challenge in the category of a banned book. It is very fast paced. You can really feel the urgency.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! A must read for many if only for its political commentary and social poignancy.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true classic A superb concept to be appreciated and enjoyed by many generations to come.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This was a really great read and it made you think a lot. I would have loved to see even more detail of this world though!
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Classic but still relevant!! A must read for everyone
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absorbing Before reading it, I thought the topic was a bit overdone (banning books a clique extreme to ne overanalyzed in school) but the execution was so well done that I ended up really enjoying this book. After reading this, I sought out more Bradbury novels to read and he quickly became a favourite. He is a staple being taught in school for a reason.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic I found it very dry in high school, but have since found a new appreciation for the book revisiting it.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting This was a very interesting book. It was short, enjoyable, and easy to read. I just wish that more about the world was explained. You as the reader don't really know what's going on. I wish there was more history given.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Timeless and always relevant, much like Orwell's books.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Modern sci-fi classic. The political commentary is more relevant today than ever
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury creates a world in which books and reading have become obsolete, and television reigns supreme. A must-read.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic. Had to read it for school. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it My favourite classic to read
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner! Love this book! All the bonus content in this edition were amazing!!
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding! So intense! Such depth! This book was a page-turner... Great book! Will enjoy reading it again and again.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it This is an amazing book! Gets better every time I read it!
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book- timeless A love song to books- Great book, great read!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! One of my favourite books! A classic and a must read!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is a great read for all ages. The futuristic setting provides a different experience compared to many novels out there. great!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I love'd it since the first time I've read it. I can't get enough of the author, these books are amazing.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless book, still relevant in todays climate Probably one of his best books ever. Classic through and through
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Brings back memories of when I had to read this book in high school! It truly is a classic!
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great book for anyone who loves to read This book was like a tribute to all books! It took a really interesting angle at looking at how dull the world would be without books.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I was hoping for I had been wanting to read this book for a really long time because it sounded exactly like the type of book I would love. This book was everything I was hoping for and more! I found it so intriguing and interesting! Everything about this book drew me in, from the writing style, to the story itself, to the beautiful cover! It's a book I think everyone who loves books should read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So relevant This book is so relevant in today's society. A must read.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic A bit of a slow read but has an interesting take on societal values
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected read Typically you read this book in high school. However, I never did and when I picked this book up years later I have to say that it was not what I expected it to be. It was incredibly well written and as the reader you can really identify with the struggles that the protagonist faces. Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book a great look at the importance of books and knowledge
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This one is a classic. I could not put this one down. Only reason I am giving it 4 stars (rather 4.5) is because there is one portion of the story I think could have been done better by the author. This is non-spoiler though so I am not going to mention what part that is. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the best sci-fi novels ever
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read it in high school, still love it my favourite dystopian novel, read it once every couple of years
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Definitely eirie futuristic novel. Still very relevant today and a worthwhile read for sure
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Definitely give this one a chance, you won't regret it! Still gives lessons relevant to today.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic No matter your interpretation of this book, it surely is a classic that should be enjoyed and shared. Shares some lessons that are still relevant to this day.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Really loved this book! At first, it was bleh, but as you continued you began to appreciate the complex choice of words, settings and actions. The characters, the plotline, the dialogue. The writing was amazing and intriguing and complex. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! This book is mandatory high school reading for a reason. It's brilliantly written with a compelling story line.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great presentation This is the nicest looking copy of the book that I own. Most are pocketbook sized, glossy finish. This is a bulky size with matte finish and an intro by Neil Gaiman included. As for the book itself, if you've only seen the movie, that skipped a huge part of the book, including robotic dogs (I'm totally not effing with you on this..lol), so it feels more like a sci-fi story than some may like.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Read this book twice the story line is something where you pick up new concepts each time.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Bradbury This is the book that introduced me to Ray Bradbury back in the 80s. Since then, I've read his complete works.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Great commentary on what happens when government attempts to control what people read and think.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Its a wonderful classic that is worth a read.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sometimes the future comes true.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic worth reading Despite not being the biggest fan of Ray Bradbury's literary style, I still loved the ideas presented in this book, and I would definitely recommend everyone to read it at least once #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I was introduced to Fahrenheit 451 as the 1966 film starring Oscar Werner and Julie Christie. Enjoying the movie I naturally sought the book and loved it. At the time I was going to university for English Literature so it's hard not to love a book like this as an English major. I would particularly recommend this book to teens and young adults who've started developing a taste for dystopian literature from exposure to The Hunger Games series.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I was introduced to Fahrenheit 451 as the 1966 film starring Oscar Werner and Julie Christie. Enjoying the movie I naturally sought the book and loved it. At the time I was going to university for English Literature so it's hard not to love a book like this as an English major. I would particularly recommend this book to teens and young adults who've started developing a taste for dystopian literature from exposure to The Hunger Games series.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An important book If you love books, this one is a must. Rather dark and paranoic, but worth it. Hopefully just a warning that has/will do its job and will never turn prophetic.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview This book deepened my love for the written word. It is a powerfully imagined story about literacy and communication in a world of extremes. A true masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A book lover's book A book for book lovers, free thinkers, artists, poets, and souls... Ray Bradbury is an incredible storyteller. Thick with ideas and ideology, this is one you will read and read again, underline, highlight, contemplate, discuss at the pub, laminate, cover with lovely Paisley stationery... It is a special piece and a copy will sit prominent on every book lover's shelf.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not only a classic, but a personal favourite. A book for all book lovers, free thinkers, poets, artists and souls... Ray Bradbury is an incredible storyteller. You will read this and read it again, it is thick with ideas and ideology, a great boost for the individual human spirit, and a celebration of true community.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!.. Inspirational author, amazing story.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece One of the best of Bradbury.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great read for Freedom to Read week Freedom to read week is Feb 26-Mar 4 this year so pick up this book for the first time or re-read it and exercise your right to read!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book i read this book in high school and recently re read it. It has inspired a lot of my writing. Bradbury is my favorite author of all time and this is by far his best work (in my opinion)
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and riveting. Listen friends: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 seriously is the DYSTOPIAN of dystopia. Of the dystopian genre specifically. This is the book that began it all, that began the sudden influx and creation of hundreds—no thousands of dystopian novels like Divergent. I'm sure that somewhere, somehow, the topic of a deteriorating world, a somewhat 'utopian' society first originated from this story. This was, in fact, the first book that I read for my junior year English class, and it was the worst out of the six we read. I feel that my twelve-year-old self would have appreciated Bradbury's writing so much more, perhaps to the extent that I would've given this a five star rating. This isn't the right kind of book for me. I truly truly TRULY appreciate the fact that there is a big focus on books and literature (YAY) though the whole concept that Bradbury tried to get at—showing how one person rebelled against his society and was influenced by someone who saw the truth, was weak. I feel that so many books rely on the same topic or theme. Fahrenheit 451 definitely is a classic novel, as it was written during the Cold War era and was basically made to show fear, specifically nuclear fear and fear in the world when things are falling apart. The major thing that annoyed me was the fact that this was written weirdly. I appreciate beautiful writing that incorporates a lot of imagery and whatnot, though this was written awkwardly. I felt the awkwardness as I read; I wasn't intrigued and many of my classmates weren't, either. This could have been because we were basically *forced* to read this book twice. Bradbury divvied up the protagonist, Guy Montag's story into three sections, and we had to read each section twice. Once for the actual content and understanding the story, and the second time for paying attention to themes, characterization and literary devices. Yay me. I was annoyed because I feel that the imagery I *paid attention to* was not really there for a reason. Yes, I put on my special English cap and pretended that the four walls represented the isolation of society. Yeah, I could see that, but I do not believe that Ray Bradbury wrote this novel, specifically implying that the four walls represented that. It was boring and really vague. Montag's world was the same; bland and vague, though I'm pretty sure that his novel wasn't supposed to feel that way. It did, however. I love the concept of books and book burning. Bradbury played with the whole concept of firefighters and instead of them saving people's lives from hazardous fires, in this world, they actually start the fires. You might be thinking that I'm losing my mind or something, but honestly? They set fires to get rid of any books that people have, like the Bible for example. It's complete propaganda and censorship, and this highly reflects the issues Bradbury dealt with during the time he wrote this book. When reading this, we readers are immediately put into a situation where we are more conscious of our surroundings, or at least: I was more conscious. I realized that technology is deteriorating our society and that there is much more to life than our phones, or the computer I am using to type this up. Fahrenheit 451 has such a powerful message. I think it's always going to stick with me. I especially loved Montag's character in the novel. You see, this middle-aged man is different from the rest of his society. For the longest time, he acted as if he fit in with everything: his job (he was a firefighter) and the technology around him. After he meets his neighbour, Clarisse, who is a young teenager who actually understands the world around her and its problems, Montag is influenced by this girl's views and realizes that he has always had it wrong: the world is imperfect. It's so interesting to see how an idea can stick in all of society's minds, and how quickly one can actually be influenced by a new idea. If you rarely read dystopian fiction, then this could certainly be for you.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Oh to live in a world without books! Interesting look into what it would be like to live in a time where books are banned and burned. And those who don't agree. Made me want to read more of his writing.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful book A wonderful book that I enjoyed reading it so much !
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redacted Read it when I was in high school but it's as relevant as ever now
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Timely I'd put this off for a long time, but seeing a new drive to censorship on both the left and right, I felt compelled me to pick it up. It's dated in some ways, but quite brilliant and thought-provoking.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good One of the few books I liked less on a second read - important story but a bit over-written.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This should be a must-read book for every teenager and adult. Along with titles such as "1984", "A Brave new world", "We" (by Zamyatin). This is not just about having fun time, while enjoying a good story - these books can actually educate people all over the world on consequences of bad political decisions and uninvolvement in politics among other important social issues. All othe rbooks by Ray Bradburry are worth reading too.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thinking novel This novel really makes you think and question your own world. It is a great novel for academic purposes or for a leisure read.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thinking novel This novel really makes you think and question your own world. It is a great novel for academic purposes or for a leisure read.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I didn't really want to read it, but I had to a class. I couldn't put the book down. It was so good!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic So happy I finally got around to reading this
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good American Classic For someone who enjoys dystopian fiction, this is an easy introduction into the genre. A quick read with interesting ideas which sprout up from it. Simple.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I just finished this book recently and I couldn't put it down. I loved how it was written and how it still resonates with people today. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic A literary classic that nails the dystopian genre. A great story about censorship.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good I read this for school and it was very interesting,great read
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Classic Well written and very intriguing story. Worth a read!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic worth reading Fahrenheit 451 is one of those books that everyone knows the plot to: there's a fireman and he burns books. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that, even though I knew that, the book took a totally different shape than I was expecting. It reminded me both of Brave New World and 1984, although with a different feel than either. I was also surprised that the story itself is only about 160 pages long, and the rest of this 60th anniversary edition is appendices and extras. I found some of the information, particularly that written by Ray Bradbury himself, to be quite interesting, but I skipped over some of the other additions that didn't really appeal to me. Overall, a classic that is certainly worth reading.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the only dystopian novels I like I'm not a fan of the dystopian genre, but this is one exception. I'm quite the bookworm and this novel about the burning of books really hit me and I appreciated the realism in the plot. Would recommend it to anyone interested in a quality dystopian novel.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing this book is fantastic. I had to read it in grade 12 and have revisited it multiple times.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Classic This book is incredible. I went into this novel without knowing what it's about or anything about Bradbury's works. His writing style is phenomenal, so enjoyable to read. The plot itself is thrilling and eerie, with numerous dystopian similarities to our society today. This CLASSIC novel is a MUST read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This was excellent. I loved everything about this book!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True classic Makes you love reading and books
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! Great story, great writing... A true classic.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sci-fi at its best A fantastic look into a dystopia where books are banned and the job of the fir department is to burn them.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought-Provoking This book can really be appreciated only when broken down and thoroughly understood. There are so many parts and nuances that make this book truly classic. The ending is hopeful and inspiring and the series of events leading up to the ending will have the reader at the edge of their seat. It truly makes you think about the world and where it is headed.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic A classic is always relevant. This book is more so than ever.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Felt like high school While I can't argue with the message (censorship of books and ideas) of this classic, I will say I felt the book was all message and no substance for most part. There was nothing in the book that surprised me. The biggest oddity in the story may have been Clarisse. She appears as an almost mystical character in the book. While seeming to be just a quirky child, she begins Montag's 'enlightenment'. But she is unceremoniously forgotten soon after. I will say that near the end of the book there is a bit more suspense (Montag vs the mechanical hound). But this also is dealt with in an unsatisfactory manner, and then the book ends.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH the Horror! This book is amazing and made my inner bookworm cry
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horror for Bibliophiles "We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren’t happy. Something’s missing." I’m not sure how I’ve made it this far without having read Ray Bradbury, but I am so glad that I have finally remedied this. I picked up Fahrenheit 451 without thinking about Banned Books Week, but the timing could not have been better. I mean, wow! A world in which books are not allowed- horror at its best for bibliophiles. Fahrenheit 451 was written by Bradbury in 1953, and what a life it has lived since then. Having finally read this, I can see it’s influence in nearly every dystopian / post-apocalyptic book that I have read. Joe Hill’s The Fireman was clearly influenced by this book, I found elements in Josh Malerman’s Bird Box, and the silencing of Clarise due to her hunger for knowledge brought to mind Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. "She didn’t want to know how a thing was done, but why. That can be embarrassing. You ask Why to a lot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed, if you keep at it." I cannot add anything of value to the legacy of this book, I can only say that I really enjoyed it. Bradbury has keen insights into humanity, and I found myself highlighting many quotes as I read: "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?" "When I was a boy my grandfather died, and he was a sculptor…he made toys for us and did a million tings in his lifetime; he was always busy with his hands. And when he died, I suddenly realized I wasn’t crying for him at all, but for the things he did. I cried because he would never do them again."
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get it Finally got around to reading this 'classic'. And wow, it really is good. Crazy how it relates to modern life now. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I remember reading this book from a long time ago and I thoroughly enjoyed the book as one of my favourite as a child.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CLASSIC And it's a classic that isn't boring!! I read it in two days, just couldn't put the damned thing down!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Everyone should read this book. Its awesome.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic I read this book cover to cover and could not put it down. Though I suspect this book will not be for everyone, it's certainly one of my favorites and an enduring classic.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent required reading I first read this book when I was 16, and it scandalized me. Firemen who burn books? Outrageous. I re-read it again in my early 20s, and I had a new appreciation for Bradbury’s way of turning culture upside down. This is a great book for fiction and non-fiction lovers. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book This is honestly one of the most thought provoking, and intelligent books I've ever read. It's timeless, scary, honest, and real. I would recommend it to a child, or an adult without any hesitation. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Includes Extras Has extra essays and critiques that take up around one third of the book. Overall story is good; Ray Bradbury is a literary classic and this is as you would expect from him. Amazing message and themes that are still relevant, especially in the modern society. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thrilling, Engrossing Atomic Bomb To The Brain and A Love Letter To The Joys Of Reading It's not exactly a small novel, but I tell you this: I fell so madly in love with Farenheit 451 that I burned through it (pun intended) in a matter of days. I literally could not put the damned thing down. Go buy this book immediately.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Message While this book is a bit date, it's message is more relevant today than ever before, given the current political situation. People need to read this book.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important book An important book that everybody should read.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Love the Premise, Hate the Style Book was not for me. I like the idea but hated the execution. The style overtook the themes. I get that the style was trying to evoke urgency but the short sentences reminded me of the blips and dings of crappy 1950s sound effects in movies. I found it distracting and lost my focus a lot. I read that Fahrenheit 451 was originally a short story and was extended into a novel later. You can tell. There's a lot of words that will repeat for no reason except for style. To me, it's just filler.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love reading because of this book! As an avid book work I was appalled at the idea of book burning... I adore this book
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from total classic I never had to read this book in high school so I bought it for myself and am so glad I did!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic It's one of those books that you can't put down while you're reading it and just sits with you long after you read it.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Read We had to read this book in university, and I was overjoyed to find out that it was a dystopic novel. Great thoughtfulness was considered when writing this book and the author did a good job with keeping suspense high. A must-read! Also, the sheer irony that elementary schools are banning this book because of a bit of crude language... they are really taking the plot to a whole other level with putting a barrier between kids and books!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to get better than this One of my favorites growing up. Read again with the same fascination. A must read for book lovers and dystopia fans
Date published: 2015-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Great! I am very late to the game in reading this one. While most people read it in high school, this was not a required reading for me. (I did however become very intimate with The Bell Jar by Slyvia Plath in high school so not too much of a disappointment.) I did enjoy this though I did think it was quite short. I was a bit disappointed with the book, mainly the flow, until I reached the end. It left me wondering "why" a lot. Why is this happening, why can this be happening, etc. because there wasn't much of an explanation. There was only the idea that we were supposed to know that literature was banned because it caused people to debate and be "unhappy". But it was never explained why some people had access to the knowledge, like Beatty the captain of the fire department, while others did not. I mean, I would understand if the government officials had access to it, but why the captain? And if the answer is because after reading, he would be determined to burn all the books, then why not have all the firefighters read? Especially since you could be subjective in what you got people to read. If you only gave them books that were poorly written (and a few come to mind here), they might be tempted to burn them all. The best part to me was the comparison of the phoenix to humanity. The idea that humanity dies in flames only to be reborn from the remaining ashes to repeat their same mistakes is something that is now burned into my brain. (See what I did there) And afterward, I spent a lot of time thinking about how this is true -- and how a lot of dystopian novels look at this aspect now. While this wasn't the best written novel, it was still one that I think people should read and understand. Overall: 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed this one, even though it wasn't my usual dystopian type of novel that I read.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Timeless Book on the Importance of Book The tone and message of this novel resonates with me, as I truly appreciate what Bradbury conveys to the readers. The use of language is superb.
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I give this book full marks for a thoroughly enjoyable read. I love passages from the past that could easily be true, in many ways, today.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GOOD BOOK It was a great book but is definatly a book with 1970's style writing even if its based on a future utopian society. Definatly would reccomed to somene 14+ due to some graphic parts. PARTS OF THE BOOK CAN BE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THE AUTHOR TENDS TO RAMBLE. I also enjoyed the amounts of metaphores and simbolisim. Chapter layout is weird though. Only 3 capters with page length ranging from 119-190 pages. DEFINATLY WORTH READING
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book At first, when I started the book, it didn't look very interesting. However, as I moved on, it started to get more and more engaging and I could not put it down. I love books that make you think, and this book is absolutely one of those. This book will open your eyes and makes you think about the things that society does to people. Amazing book. Definitely recommended.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nor a Witty Title I quite enjoyed this novel and think that it is something that everyone should read at least once. The imagery was beautiful! It was one of my favourite things about this novel, that being said, it can be confusing if the book does not have your 100% attention. It also has a thought-provoking message that can still (unfortunately) be applied to our modern society. PS: Please excuse any spelling errors in my review. I'm typing this on my kobo (which is much harder than one would think)
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential reading for everyone This made me want to hug every one of my books to my chest and never let go. Masterfully written and even more relevant in an era of constant connectedness and media (over)load.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best This is now one of my favourite books of all time, even though the story was written years ago it still feels fresh and touches on some of the biggest dilemmas that still face humanity today.
Date published: 2014-10-30

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A New Introduction byRay BradburyMarch 12, 2003What is there new to be said about Fahrenheit 451? I have written three or four introductions in the past thirty years trying to explain where the novel came from and how it finally arrived.The first thing to be said is that I feel very fortunate to have survived long enough to join with people who have been paying attention to the novel in this past year.The novel was a surprise then and is still a surprise to me.I've always written at the top of my lungs and from some secret motives within. I have followed the advice of my good friend Federico Fellini who, when asked about his work, said, "Don't tell me what I'm doing, I don't want to know."The grand thing is to plunge ahead and see what your passion can reveal.During the last fifty years I have written a short 25,000-word early version of the novel titled The Fireman, which appeared in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine, and several years later added another 25,000 words for its publication by Ballantine Books.Occupying a house with a new baby daughter, we had to consider my trying to find somewhere that was a bit quieter to do my work. I had no money at that time to rent an office, but wandering around U.C.L.A. one day I heard typing in the basement of the library and went down to see what was going on. I found that there was a room with twelve typewriters that could be rented for ten cents per half hour. Excited at the prospect, I brought a bag of dimes with me and moved into the typing room.I didn't know what the various students were writing at their typewriters and they hardly knew, nor did I know, what I was writing.If there is any excitement to the novel at all, I think it can best be explained by the fact that every two hours or so during the next week and a half I ran up- and downstairs and in and out of the stacks, grabbing books off the shelf, trying to find proper quotes to put in the book. I am not a researcher and my memory is not all that accurate for things that I've read in the past, so the quotes that you find in the book were those wonderful accidents where pulling a book off the shelf and opening it just anywhere at all I found an amazing sentence or paragraph that could occupy a position in the novel.This early version took exactly nine days and I spent $9.80 on it, not realizing that the book had some sort of long life ahead.In the years since its first publication I have written a full two-act play and spent two summers in Connecticut writing an opera based on its text. The book seems to have a life that goes on re-creating itself.If I try to find its genesis in the years prior to 1950 I would imagine one would turn to certain stories like "Burning Bright" and a few other tales that appeared in my early books.The main thing to call attention to is the fact that I've been a library person all of my life. I sold newspapers until I was twenty-two and had no money to attend college, but I spent three or four nights a week at the local library and fed on books over a long period of time.Some of my early stories tell of librarians and book burners and people in small towns finding ways to memorize the books so that if they were burned they had some sort of immortality.The main surprise for the book occurred when I wrote the short story "The Pedestrian" in 1949.I had been accosted by the police one night while I walked on a Los Angeles street with a friend. The police wanted to know what we were doing, when walking was our aim and talking occupied us.I was so irritated by being stopped and asked about walking that I went home and wrote the story, "The Pedestrian," concerning a future where pedestrians were arrested for using the sidewalks.Sometime later, I took the Pedestrian for a walk and when he turned a corner he encountered a young girl named Clarisse McClellan who took a deep breath and said, "I know who you are from the smell of kerosene. You're the man who burns books."Nine days later the novel was finished.What a wonderful experience it was to be in the library basement to dash up and down the stairs reinvigorating myself with the touch and the smell of books that I knew and books that I did not know until that moment.When the first version of the novel was finished, I hardly knew what I had done. I knew that it was crammed with metaphors, but the word metaphor had not occurred to me at that time in my life. It was only later in time when I got to know the word and realized that my capacity for collecting metaphors was so complete.In the years of writing my two-act play and the opera that followed, I let my characters tell me things about their lives that were not in the book.I have been tempted to go back and insert these truths in the old text, but this is a dangerous practice which writers must refuse. These truths, while important, could ruin a work done years before.In writing the play my Fire Chief, Beatty, told me why he had become a burner of books.He had once been a wanderer of libraries and a lover of the finest literature in history. But when real life diminished him, when friends died, when a love failed, when there were too many deaths and accidents surrounding him, he discovered that his faith in books had failed because they could not help him when he needed the help.Turning on them, he lit a match.So that is one of the fine things that came out of the play and the opera. I'm glad to be able to speak of it now and tell you what Beatty had in his background.After the book was published, in the following years I've had hundreds of letters from readers asking me what became of Clarisse McClellan. They were so intrigued with this fascinating, strange, and quixotic girl that they wanted to believe that somewhere out in the wilderness with the book people she had somehow survived.I resisted the temptation to bring her back to life in future editions of my novel.I left it to François Truffaut in his film version of Fahrenheit 451 in 1966 to give Clarisse a return to life, even though he had changed her name and given her extra years of maturity, which at the time I thought was a great mistake. But she did survive to the end of the film and at that time I decided that Truffaut was correct.When I wrote the first version of the play I allowed Clarisse to survive among the book people in the wilderness. The same practice occurred when I wrote the opera.She was too wonderful a character to be allowed to die and I realize now that I should have allowed her to appear at the end of my book.That being said, the book is complete and untouched. I will not go back and revise anything. I have a great respect for the young man that I was when I sat down in that basement room with a bag of dimes and plunged into the passionate activity that resulted in the final work.So here, after fifty years, is Fahrenheit 451. I didn't know what I was doing, but I'm glad that it was done.Introduction for this edition copyright © 2003 by Ray Bradbury

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