Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

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The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoys his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2005
ISBN: 9780786153107
Additional Contributors: Hurt, Christopher 1959-
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Apr 29, 2019

A book everyone should read. And then re-read. And then ponder. The most frightening part of what Bradbury imagined was that the majority of people wanted a world without books. They became hypnotised by TV (and the yet-to-come social media shiny things on other screens). Reading became too hard. Thinking about complex issues became too difficult. This book is even more relevant today than when it was written. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/10/books/review/fahrenheit-451-ray-bradbury.html

Feb 06, 2016

A rather short book with a simple but important idea (I won't ruin it for those of you who have not read or listened to it before). The narration is OK, somewhat scraping.

Mark Melnychuk
Jun 10, 2012

This is an only a slightly over-rated classic. The first two parts of the book are rather tedious and lack true insight into how the great books in our society will become irrelevant. No brutal, oppressive regime, as depicted in the novel, is necessary for the demise of great literature. Instead the culprits are the dumbing down of our educational systems, the seduction of the internet, the dumbing down of the literary canon with many great writers of the past no longer being taught because they are “dead white males” and supposedly promoters of an oppressive patriarchal society. Bradbury could never have guessed that so much great literature would have fallen prey to political correctness and sexist politics.
The third and final part of the novel is very exciting, dramatic, meaningful and has so far saved the novel from oblivion. This novel is still worth reading and much better than the vast majority of dystopian novels. I can think of only three that I definitely prefer: Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World, Golding's Lord of the Rings.


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