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Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this timeless classic with a special edition featuring a new foreword by the author and a message that is as relevant today as when it was first published. Since the late 1940s, Ray Bradbury has been revered for his works of science fiction and fantasy. With more than 4 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 45...  more » -- originally published in 1953 -- remains his most acclaimed work: "One of the most brilliant overall jobs of social satire."

The Nation "Frightening in its implications...Mr. Bradbury's account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating."

The New York Times Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns. Fahrenheit 451 is a short novel set in the (perhaps near) future when "firemen" burn books forbidden by the totalitarian "brave new world" regime. The hero, according to Mr. Bradbury, is "a book burner who suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas and cry out silently when put to the torch." Today, when libraries and schools are still "burning" certain books, Fahrenheit 451 is a work of even greater impact and timeliness.
ISBN-13: 9780345410016
ISBN-10: 0345410017
Publication Date: 8/27/1996
Pages: 192
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 97 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 2
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Leigh avatar reviewed Fahrenheit 451 on + 377 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 17
If you love books, read this. It will tear your heart out to think of all the ideas in books being set to flame. If you're a slow reader, this will make you want to speed up. If you're a fast reader, this will make you want to speed-read. This books presents a future of little questioning and ultimate control. If you are a bibliophile, this book will stir your soul. I cannot recommend it enough.
reviewed Fahrenheit 451 on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Quite a scary book. 451 degrees is the temp at which paper burns. Quite a terrible thought for anyone that belongs to a club like this! And to think it is true in some countries - and could be in ours if we don't watch out!
TakingTime avatar reviewed Fahrenheit 451 on + 1072 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
An older Bradbury novel that - altho not yet happening - points out exactly what can happen if we do not protect our freedoms and the American way of life. Is Big Brother watching????
BarteringBibliophile avatar reviewed Fahrenheit 451 on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Throughout high school, this book was always on the summer reading list. For one reason or another, I never chose to read it. I wish I had taken the time to read this sooner. Fahrenheit 451 now has a spot on my list of favorite books and I have already started recommending it to people.

I greatly enjoyed this book but was surprisingly disappointed by the ending. I don't really know what I was expecting. I felt like the ending was lacking compared to the rest of the story. I also didn't like what happened with Clarisse. She wasn't a great character, but I thought there could have been more of an explanation.

Everyone who loves books should read this one. Read and keep reading in case we're no longer allowed to in the future.
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Helpful Score: 5
If the State's position on books depicted in this novel becomes reality (does it really seem impossible?) then this site becomes firewoodswap.com.
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