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Fahrenheit 451

323 Ratings: 3.5
A novel by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury which was first published in 1953.      The novel presents a future American society in which the masses are hedonistic and critical thought through reading is outlawed. The central … see full wiki

Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: Intelligent Science Fiction, Political and Social Satire
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date Published: 1966
43 reviews about Fahrenheit 451
review by . April 26, 2010
Fahrenheit 451: A Powerful and Thought-Provoting Novel
In 1966, Ray Bradbury wrote: "I find now, after the fact, chances are Fahrenheit 451 might be around for a few years." At that time the short novel, originally published in book form in 1953, had "been around" for 13 years. In 2003 it celebrated its 50th year in print, and now, in 2010, it is still as popular as ever. Why has this story had such longevity? Is it because Bradbury reversed a widely accepted premise--instead of putting out fires, future firemen start them? Is it …
review by . June 24, 2010
"We need not to be let alone. 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?" cries Montag in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Montag, a fireman, is upset after having witnessed a woman who had chosen to die with her collection of books rather than leave them behind. In his world, however, firemen do not fight fires; they start them.      Bradbury’s 1953 science …
review by . May 21, 2010
I first read this book in middle school as part of an assigned reading course. I found it frightening and intense then in the same way 1984 is. Reading it again as an adult shines a whole new light on how this work has disturbingly captured the issues of American society that transformed from possibly relevant in 1953 to truly pertinent in today's world.
Quick Tip by . August 14, 2010
Read this in High school. A classic that should be read by all. As a Freemason I have had to memorize all the ritual by hear by having another brother mason recite it to me and I repeated it back, just like in 451. I like that connection allot.
review by . April 11, 2010
Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most famous works of science fiction, and with "Brave New World" and "1984" represents one of the most memorable and haunting dystopias. In a future world, books are banned and firemen actually set fires instead of extinguishing them. The state exercises a form of social control through controlling what sort of information people have access to. It turns out that not all books are banned, only those that we would today consider "great works" - Plato, Shakespeare, The …
Quick Tip by . July 29, 2010
One of the greatest books about why books matter. An easy read, but sticks with you.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Better you read it while you can. Nice story. You can also check out the movie. This is an amazing "what if" novel.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Ray Bradbury has a unique style of writing. Pick up this book and take some time to note his distinctive voice.
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
Interesting message from a prolific, renowned author but descriptive writing style not particular engaging.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
I had to read this for my English class once and however, I found it to be boring and not so entertaining. It actually is a good story. Other people seem to enjoy it.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
Really, really interesting book.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Bradbury paints a picture of a world where books are banned and thought is rejected. This is so well done we have never gone down this road, thank goodness.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
I would totally be the chick who runs into the burning building for her books. A good, thought-provoking read.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Read this early in school and appreciate books.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
1984, Brave new World. Fahrenheit 451. V for Vendetta. Imagining dark utopia's are some writers gifts, and Bradbury does an excellent job. In his book, we see firefighters burning books because the government is afraid what's in them. And of course, we have our lone individual who starts to question, The rest is history,
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
I read this in high school and couldn't put it down. I still love it. I love the way the world had changed and how some were still trying to change it. It was like an awakening in me that opened my eyes to the world.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Read in middle school, very powerful and moving with themes that are classic.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
You may find this book "dated," but the topic lives on. Even Bradbury worries not that books are burned but that they are not read.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
What a great read! Short, but "looks" slick, and chillingly realistic. Great, thinking fun.
Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
don't let this happen to us
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
I love Bradbury, but this is my least favorite.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
How can you not like this book. It is a classic story of how things used to be. What is really great is that the idea of governments controlling something as silly as books can still be interpreted today.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
Possible my most favorite book of all time. Bradbury is a master of wonder and "what if's". I love the deep thought and disturbing realities he creates.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
A startling dystopian scenario, but important to consider and learn from. A worthwhile read and highly recommended.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Brings to light in an Orwellian-fashion a world without books. Quite a controversial book, but very intriguing.
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