Fahrenheit 451 Author:Ray Bradbury Set in a bleak future where thoughts are discouraged and ideas are illegal, Fahrenheit 451 is the story of a troubled fireman named Montag who, as Ray Bradbury puts it, “suddenly discovers that books are flesh-and-blood ideas and cry out silently when put to the torch.” Montag is troubled because his job is not to put out fires, but to actually ... more »start them. Specifically, he sets fire to any home containing that most illegal of commodities: the printed book. Montag’s grave spiritual malaise culminates on day with him smuggling home that which he would destroy. With the help of an imaginative young neighbor, and the beauty of the printed word, he discovers that true freedom lies in the imagination.
Written in the shadow of the House Un-American Activities Committee and the Cold war, and inspired by such disparate sources as Hitler’s book burning and the torching of the Alexandrian Library, Bradbury’s dystopian masterpiece remains—nearly fifty years later—a powerful reminder of the evils of totalitarianism.« less