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Internationally acclaimed with more than 5 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires...

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning ... along with the houses in which they were hidden.

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Overview

Internationally acclaimed with more than 5 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires...

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning ... along with the houses in which they were hidden.

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 a past when people were not afraid.

Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think... and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!

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Editorial Reviews

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This quality hardcover of the Bradbury standard is being released to honor the book's 50th anniversary. With numerous book clubs adopting this title, it's worth buying a few hardbacks to go along with your existing paper editions. This reprint also includes a new introduction by the author. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345342966
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue 50th Anniversary Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury is America's foremost writer of science fiction and fantasy. Among his most popular adult books are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Death is a Lonely Business. In addition, he has written several books for children, including Switch on the Night. In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has had on so many for so many years, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the National Medal of Arts in 2004.

He lives in Los Angeles.

Biography

Ray Bradbury is one of those rare individuals whose writing has changed the way people think. His more than 500 published works -- short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts, and verse -- exemplify the American imagination at its most creative.

Once read, his words are never forgotten. His best-known and most beloved books -- The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes -- are masterworks that readers carry with them over a lifetime. His timeless, constant appeal to audiences young and old has proven him to be one of the truly classic authors of the 20th Century -- and the 21st.

Ray Bradbury's work has been included in several Best American Short Story collections. He has been awarded the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has had on so many for so many years, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the National Medal of Arts in 2004.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, "The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me. The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve. In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me. I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you'll come along."

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview with Bradbury, he shared some fascinating facts with us:

"I spent three years standing on a street corner, selling newspapers, making ten dollars a week. I did that job every day for three hours and the rest of the time I wrote because I was in love with writing. The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love."

"I have been inspired by libraries and the magic they contain and the people that they represent."

"I hate all politics. I don't like either political party. One should not belong to them -- one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Leonard Douglas, William Elliott, Douglas Spaulding, Leonard Spaulding
      Ray Bradbury
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 22, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waukegan, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California
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A New Introduction

by

Ray Bradbury

March 12, 2003

What 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    Very Highly Recommended! An excellent symbolic warning to society of today!

    Take a step into an alternate reality in which attempted suicides are a daily occurance and firefighters are relentlessly called to start fires. That is exactly what Ray Bradbury does in his excellent forewarning of a novel, Farenheit 451. Bradbury writes futuristically about a symbolic society that takes place around the time we are currently in. The society is one in which free thought of any sort is shunned if not completely blocked out by technology. Houses are filled with TV walls, 4 to a room all playing a different show, and front porches are completely done away with in the novel. The novel centers around Guy Montag a firefighter in the society who is discovering ideas he never thought possible to have.
    Montag is a firefighter who makes a living burning down houses containing banned books which include anything historical or of a literary nature. He meets a strange neighborhood girl who's family is the odd-ball group of the town because they all get together and talk around a table at night. Within the discussions between Montag and the girl a notion crosses Montag's mind that is later developed when he watches a woman burn with her books rather than live without them. From this thought that maybe there is something missing from Montag's society, Montag ventures on a secretive and dangerous journey to discover what it is. During this journey Montag is hunted down, outed for concealing books, and forced to run away with other literary followers. In this journey he discovers that unlike his society believes, free thought is the true happiness. Montag and his group of literary followers are given a chance to redefine the then fast-paced, materialistic, and thoughtless society Bradbury describes.
    The society in which Montag lives is one that denies any opportunity for free thought. This is seen in Montag's homelife, typical to his world in which he and his wife are overcome by technology every waking moment. Mrs. Montag spends her days with her "family" as she called it in a parlor. This family consisted of three wall-sized televisions each playing a different show. T.V. has even become a thoughtless act as shown when Montag questions his wife as to what she is watching and she can mention the names of the characters but cannot tell what action is taking place, only that she is amused by it. Mrs. Montag can only dream of the addition of a fourth Wall Television to keep her eyes occupied and mind blank. The action of having 3 blaring T.V.s in one room of Bradbury's society is an exaggerated symbol for the fast paced media we do have in the world today such as using cell phones while on the computer while a T.V. drones in the background. The commercials we see on T.V. now that are 10-30 seconds long and up to 5 minutes consecutively are a real life representation of the short of thought society Bradbury warned against and feared in Farenheit 451.
    To enhance this theme of thoughtlessness in Bradbury's novel people in his society do not even have a chance to think while falling asleep. Mrs. Montag wears her seashell radio to bed every night. This seashell is not full of ocean sounds but instead radio and chatter that run through her ears and her mind all night while she sleeps. This defeats even the slightest chance for sound thought and therefore exemplifies once again Bradbury's warning and novel's theme that the media and technology we use, taken over the limit will prohibit thought and stop progress.
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  • Posted January 18, 2012

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    Thoroughly enjoyable!

    It was astounding to me how spot on the author had pegged much of the future while writing this book in 1953! He writes of a future where most people are obsessed with “Reality TV” and there are Televisions the size of your living room wall. Children have very little discipline or self control and school shootings, and teenage driving fatalities are a common occurrence. The government is in a war, but telling people not to worry about the details or the outcome. Everyone is self absorbed and obsessed with being happy, so they want things quick and fast; every task requires a short cut. This means that Books are a waste of time; all they do is make people stop and think and why would anyone want that? So reading books is against the law. Don’t get caught, your neighbors just might turn you in, and then the Firemen will come to burn your books and the house the books are in and just maybe you too. But what happens when a Fireman gets curious about the books he’s burning and wants to know what’s in them? Read it to find out, I highly recommend it!

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Great futuristic book

    I read this as a part of my "classics exploration" for this summer. I will say that this is a great book which I could not put down; I ended up finishing it within 4 or 5 hours.

    I would suggest everyone read this at least once. Bradbury paints an almost dystopian future, where the role of the fire fighter is rewritten and the lives of the common person are much more immersed in media and sports. The protagonist comes to light with these problems of society, and tries to make it right with deadly results.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2000

    Boring and stupid

    This book was just plain boring. The plot was too heavy and too much information was stuffed into the beginning of the book. It moves at a very slow pace and never picks up. I had a snail that moved faster than this. Read something else.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    A MUST READ

    This is a powerfully disturbing 'must read' for everyone. A prophetic telling of the future, Bradbury has such a brilliant grasp of language and style as he tells a highly upsetting story in an easy and accessible manner. With Suzanne Collins Hunger Games sparking a new generation of dystopian literature, Bradbury was the master with his futuristic world in which, gasp, books are burned and reading is outlawed. If you have not yet read this masterpiece, don't waste any more time. Do it.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    Frighteningly Accurate

    Farenheit 451 is one of my top 5 books at all time not because it's inventive or refreshing in the world of modern literature, but because it's so blatantly accurate. It tells the story of a man who is persecuted for his newfound love of literature in a future where literature is illegal. Now, this may seem like a crazy idea to some, but the society that is presented in this book is downright scary in that we're very nearly living in it.


    As it stands in 2011, we are beginning to witness the commercial necessity of literature in a physical format disappear. With things like the Nook (no offense, B&N), hard copies of books are headed the way of complete luxury, and possibly beyond that they are headed the way of taboo. Ray Bradbury's target with Farenheit 451 is censorship, and literature is currently on the doorstep of absolutely horrifying censorship possibilities. In time, it's entirely possible that hought-provoking, heart-and-soul writing will be a button press away from extinction to the wealthy man who disagrees with what is being said.


    Ray Bradbury is not a strict science-fictioner, so you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy his work. I would recommend most anything in his catalogue. And I would recommend this one specifically if you like to be given something to really think about with your reading. This is the kind of book that you can really sit down and talk about; it has some substance to it, as far as real world applications. If you like your fiction strictly fictional... well, this may not be the book for you.


    In closing, I would like to add one more thing about how I came to read this book. I read Farenheit 451 at the recommendation of my best friend; we were not allowed to read it for our English class.

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  • Posted December 26, 2008

    Very interesting

    I had to read this book for school and I was worried that it would be one of those long and boring books that you had to read for school but I was pleasantly surprised. This book has an important message in it and really made me think more about our current society and it's possible future. I reccomend it to everyone I know that asks me to name some good books that they should read and I always say Farhenheit 451 first. This book really makes the whole world different and opens your eyes to the important issues our society faces at the moment and what might happen in the future. I highly reccomend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    School Review

    Review: This book was about a fireman whose job it was to burn the houses that contained books. Citizens of the town called in to the Firehouse if they had a suspicion about someone having or using books. Many of the bibles had been burned, Shakespeare had been torched, and Hemingway was left in dust. Find out what a popular fireman does to help stop the burning. Someone who doesn’t care for reading should read this short story about appreciating the written works of writers.

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2010

    A Good Book

    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury starts off slow. The pages seem to stick together, coming untwined. The main character Guy Montag gives the impression as if he knows everything. He makes the whole scene that he is in is all planned. He expected what happened next for a few pages. The beginning was very confusing, because it mentioned things that not yet were explained. As I read on it became clearer, and clearer. Some parts became confusing again, but the entire book was well written. Clarisse is no doubt my favorite character. Her eyes were open to the world, nothing could stop her. She saw the world in a way no one else did, because no one else did. She was, literally, one of a kind in the world of Fahrenheit 451. She opened Montag's eyes, because they were blinded from the truth. She did with the simplest question, "'are you happy?'" Fireman, in the story, changed over time. They burned the books people read. The Government shut the eyes of its entire population, or so they thought. Some held on, held on to their books, and their reality. Are world can relate in a way to the world of Fahrenheit 451. They were glued to televisions; they also beat up, or made fun of the one that were different. In their world no one questions, they weren't even given choices to things, such as their president. Montag was what he eventually started hating, a fireman. I did not enjoy the scenes with his wife involved, she seemed so simple. She was even more than simple she was terribly, and utterly boring. I enjoyed the author's word choice. He selected big words that I was not familiar with. He always had me either grabbing a dictionary, or using context clues to figure out a word. He really increased my list of vocabulary. I did not enjoy everything though. I did not like how he always lingered with his explanations. But in all it was a very good book. He really had me reading, and guessing to the end.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a novel that takes place far in the future where intelligence is altered by people who fear the knowledge that is gained from books.Firemen no longer put fires out but started them, burning everything amongst the path to former knowledge subscribed in books. The book has broken romance between a fireman named Montag and his wife. As she does unspeakable things to the man after he shows her a secret stash of books that destroys his life forever. Montag witnessed much destruction through the book all at the expense of knowledge. The book is a reminder of why we need to appreciate the knowledge that we are able to obtain. In this future setting the books were lost to the fear of people thinking for themselves. No book was left behind in the roaring flame. People no longer sat around and talked they were not able to simply explore the depths of their mind. The author uses imagery like no other as you read you feel like you were placed strait into an alternate universe. I feel that the book is a way to tell us that you may not appreciate the books that authors work many years to write as much as we need to and that it may affect our future generations in a negative way. There were many kind characters in the book trying to help Montag in his distress but evil took over. People died horrible deaths through injection and being burnt alive. This is the kind of evil that made books the enemy of society but everyone was blind to the fact that it was the people doing it to themselves and not the books corrupting their minds with false knowledge. The novel opens your mind to what is going on in your life at the exact moment you are reading and the fact that it could all change by one person deciding that they feel what they read is all false. Things change on the drop of a dime just as during the Nazi war when Hitler tried killing all the Jews this aspect of life is very important to remember and Fahrenheit 451 reminds you of this fact. The novel has such diverse moods and settings it is a great read for anyone who does not like to read books, because it engages them into the words of a man that spent so much time writing the novel for us to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Fahrenheit 451

    I believe that Fahrenheit 451 is a desecent book. It has good plots of the future, well described characters, and it has great suspense. I really didn't like it because it was sci-fi but it did keep me involved. I think anyone who enjoys sci-fi and suspense should read this book.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

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    Challenging but Good

    I enjoyed Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury alot. Even though it is a challenging and old style worded book, it still has a good story. The characters are intriguing and the plot summary sometimes is slow but at the end of the second section, the book begins to turn very exciting and will keep readers attention and keep them guessing.

    Mostly sci fi or fantasy readers will like.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Kind of dissapointing

    Book Review Outline
    Book title and author: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    Title of review: Could have been better
    Number of stars (1 to 5):

    Introduction
    I read Fahrenheit 451. Although, it was an ok book the concept was a bit of a stretch for me. It was difficult to imagine a world like the main character, Guy Montag, lived in. I think it could have been intended for an older audience. At some times it was hard to follow but I liked the challenge.
    Description and summary of main points
    The book definitely seemed to have an old timey feel, even though it was set in the future! The reason is that it was written in the 1950s by a man named Ray Bradbury. The story takes place in a futuristic town but the year is really in the 1990! Looks like that ban against books was never passed!
    Evaluation
    The plot of this book is about a man named Guy Montag who is a fireman from the future. Firemen in the future start fires not put them out. They spray kerosene on the books and set fire to them to ensure no one his breaking the law. He never questioned his job until he meets these two people, a young girl and an old man. They change his perspective a on things.
    Conclusion
    I thought this book's ending was semi- disappointing. The whole book its self wasn't terrible though. Over all I don't think I fully enjoyed this book. I definitely wouldn't recommen this to very many people though

    4 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2010

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    Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

    Although Fahrenheit 451 has a superior idea and message that inspired its creation, for me, Ray Bradbury fell short on the entertainment value. This book has a reputation that precedes itself, and I was excited to read one that I've heard so much about. That being said, I was left disappointed after a while.

    Towards the beginning, I was hooked. It was so different for me to read a futuristic type book, and this had just the right amount of science fiction in it to begin with. I was looking forward to learning about Clarisse, who offered a little bit of mystery and a promise of change. But I think the turning point for me was reading about Clarisse's fate in the story. When I read this, I thought that either the character had their information wrong, or that they were lying about her. Turns out that I was wrong, and this thing had actually happened (I don't want to spoil it). After that, all I could think of was, "Why in the world would Ray Bradbury do that? It's pointless!" Now when I look back on it, it wasn't the most hare-brained idea as I thought it wax, but the way he wrote it into the story made it...strange, to say the least.

    After that, I simply started liking the book less and less, until the end I wanted to skip pages to get it over with. Obviously I didn't, but it's never a good thing when I want to! There was nothing wrong with the plot-- it's actually extremely original-- but the author's style of writing was just bizarre to me. At times his sentences would run on in such a way that I wondered if I had missed something. It was never a case of a confusing, long, but complete sentence that you just had to read slowly-- the sentences were almost juvenile (in that one aspect, of course!). I think this type of thing that I saw throughout the book is what really made me dislike it, instead of a boring plot, flat characters, etc.

    I hate to say that, because Ray Bradbury is supposed to be one of the best authors of his time, and I love to read (and do it constantly). I don't know if I have some kind of weird idea about his writing style and it's actually quite good, but I've read so many books that go deep into each character and the plots surrounding them, unlike Fahrenheit 451, and hardly ever has this style of writing made for a bad read.

    All of this being said, however, I can't take away from the message of the book. I think, in this sense, Ray Bradbury knows what he's doing, and he does it well. I can imagine that, after it's release, Fahrenheit 451 got much positive feedback from the public, it being a novel of censorship and all. Back in the day, they most likely needed a book like this to move themselves along (though I think a book that does the opposite is needed in the current society).

    All in all, I give this book three out of five stars. I may have given it four or five, but the above reasons changed my opinions about its value. I would recommend this book to someone who wants to read the classics, but I'm warning that it might not be as enjoyable as it's made out to be.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    burn it

    This was not the greatest book ever written i think that Ray BradBury could have done a lot better job on this one. All in all this book was not very good although it had some action in it

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2010

    Fahrenheit 451

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a world where books didn't exist? Well that's almost the case in Fahrenheit 451. The only difference is that in the novel books aren't allowed to exist, although they do still exist. Montag is a fireman, but not one that you would think of in today's world. He was paid to burn books, houses, and the people if that's what needed to happen. Montag doesn't see why this is wrong, because he has never experienced any other world. His eyes are opened during this novel to a different view, one that he may just agree with.
    Bradbury's theme in Fahrenheit 451 was this, books bring knowledge and individuality to the world, them being banned isn't going to rid the world of disagreement and war, it just gives people less free range to think on their own. As you read the novel you will see that people aren't stopping reading because it's the law, just as everyone doesn't stop speeding or drinking and driving. There is something so spectacular in those books that people would risk their lives to protect them, and maybe if everyone could find that same wealth of knowledge the books wouldn't be banned.
    I believe the people of the novel think they live in a Utopia, because they're so sheltered from the real issues of the world. Montag's wife Mildred spends all day talking to people of her "parlor" because she has made those people a reality. She doesn't realize that books are a bigger wealth of knowledge then those parlor walls, and by reading those books she could gain individuality, and become aware of the past. People are scared to read because they think they're going to find out something atrocious. By taking away the books the government has taken away any chance of this society's survival. People need to know their history, they need to know the mistakes of the past so that they can learn from them, and the history resides in books.
    I believe that this book is worth reading. It can be dry in parts, but it has a good lesson to be learned. Individual thinking and knowledge are something we can not live without. Books bring that to people, and although some people don't enjoy reading as much as they enjoy watching TV, it should be offered just the same.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Fahrenheit 451 Review

    When I first saw Fahrenheit 451, I thought it would be just any other type of book focusing on an alternate reality of some sort. It started out with a thorough introduction to Guy Montag, the protagonist in the story, and the world he lives in. In Fahrenheit 451, the world is extreme and much different than ours, but somewhat similar. Firemen make fires, instead of putting out fires. Yet, both worlds are using technology to a degree, like the parlors relating to televisions and seashell radios relating to iPods. After introductions, it started to get into the climax by introducing an important character, Clarisse McClellan, who basically influenced Montag's whole adventure.
    I loved the character Clarisse for numerous reasons. I liked how she saw the world in a quirky, childish manner. Apparently, so did Guy Montag because she influenced him to take a new perspective on things, and then leading him to a series of events. To him, she was extraordinary, out of this world, or even something brand new. She really made Montag think about all the books he was burning.
    The conflict was very inticing and involving. I almost felt like I was Montag when he was hiding the book from his wife. I knew how nervous Montag must have been when Beatty came to visit Montag because he was sick off of work. I loved how even though Montag was alone in this world, Bradbury added one accomplice, Faber. Faber was like the wise old sage for Montag and gave Montag advice and directions on how to go about.
    Ray Bradbury, the writer of Fahrenheit 451, did an astounding job of writing this book. I loved seeing the allusions, such as "flying too close to the sun." The voice and tone fit together perfectly. The message on censorship, ignorance, knowledge, and technology was very meaningful as well. He shows these messages by showing the extremes of them. For example, the government decided to censor the people in the story by burning books.
    Overall, I loved the book. I admired Bradbury's writing style, especially the suspenseful parts, like Montag's escape. The characters had interesting personalities and actions, especially Captain Beatty and Clarisse. The antagonist was a bit tricky to identify though. It seemed to be society represented through Beatty, but then after a certain event it seemed to be the mechanical hound. I would recommend this book to anyone I know who likes issues like censorship, books, knowledge, ignorance, etc.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    Mrs. Quackenbush Book Review

    This book was extremely interesting. The author was very descriptive throughout the entire novel. His use of imagery gives readers a detailed look at each and every character and setting. <BR/><BR/>The plot line of this book was also very interesting. Ray Bradbury takes the readers into a very dark and ignorant world, but shows how there is a glimmer of light and hope. <BR/><BR/>I would recommend this book to anyone who seeks a good read. Any reader that likes to read a book with twists and turns will love this novel. This book will also build the reader's vocabulary with its intelligent sentence structure.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2008

    Intriguing and captivating!

    Although many books similar to that of the way this one is portrayed I do not usually enjoy. But this book was different than others. It's characters had emotion that's passed to you. I was pulled in and interested the moment I opened it. This book is delighting and is very understandable. You know what is being said and understand it, you can relate to how the characters feel and as you read you are able to feel as if you are right their with them, enduring everything they do and everything they feel. This book is excellent and I enjoyed reading it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    Not a good book

    I felt this was not a good book. I thought it was boring and stupid. The only cool thing about it was the fact it was written so long ago but it is similar to life today. I would never recomend this book. The only reason I read it was because I had to for English.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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