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Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury, Ray

(Book - 1953)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Fahrenheit 451
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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c1953
ISBN: 0345342968
0345410017
1451673310
Characteristics: 179 p

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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 mi... Read More »

2004 (fiction). In one of literature's most haunting denunciations of censorship, Ray Bradbury uses the materials of science fiction to tell the story of Guy Montag, a fireman forced to burn books.


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Um...Eosos, I totally disagree with you. He was not being overdramatic in the least. Ever been on a bus or a train before? I have. Every morning and afternoon of the week. I am almost not generalizing when I say that I am the only one not plugged into an iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android, Smartphone, laptop computer, blah blah blah. Plus, at least half the people who come to the library these days come for the computers/movies. (Not all.) But yeah, I'd pretty much say that technology has messed up society. And no, that's not too harsh.
Anyway, I LOVE THE POINT HE WAS TRYING TO MAKE.

Jul 15, 2014
  • I_sing_the_Body_Electric rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Its a pretty good dystopian novel that slightly mirrors today's society. The ending is slightly disappointing, personally, but the theme of censorship made the book captivating for me. It reminds you of the importance of books and reading.

Jul 09, 2014
  • CenturysEnigma rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

First off, levioque, if you did not read the book, how can you judge us for not understanding the book? The rant you gave would have been more effective if you didn't give if over the internet.
Now for my review: I first read this in Freshmen Year of HS and I didn't like it because I thought the plot was tedious. However, I read it now and I realize that Bradbury has made some very truthful comments on technology and the future. I do believe that now books are not being used or appreciated as they deserve to be. I believe his futuristic vision is terrifying, but still possible.

Jun 06, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was expecting to love this book but it really didn't appeal at all. I didn't object to the writing or style but it seemed so overly dramatic for no reason.
It felt like the story just didn't have the time to be good or maybe it had too much time? Maybe if it had been a longer book it would have had a chance to develop better.......this felt like 3 novella's crammed together and they would have been better as 3 different stories rather than sticking them in one.

Jun 04, 2014
  • azrael6606 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

the book is great a lot of tongue twister< but still a great read.

May 24, 2014
  • TarannumSens rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. What technology can do to the society. Must read if you enjoy political fiction/ sic-fi/ dystopia.

Feb 04, 2014
  • books4ev rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I read this for my English and through all those projects and thorough analysis for it, I can say it's a great written book by Bradbury. Interesting and thoughtful.

Nov 17, 2013
  • Dixiedog2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I had to read this book as part of my high school curriculum but I cannot say that I enjoyed it at all. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Fahrenheit 451 is not just about censorship through the incineration of books. Ray Bradbury exposes the mind-numbing effects of technology. The world Bradbury presents has the same aspects of the time we live in now, however technology has progressed to the point where walls can be refurnished into a TV. As technology advances, our world gets smaller and people stop caring about the matters around them. We become consumed in satiating our desires with instant gratification.

He plants tiny morsels of classic literature within his own. I highly recommend this book, it was very easy to read but delves into deeper ideas. Anyone who can read critically will appreciate this book as much as I .

Oct 21, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

During one of Ray Bradbury's last interviews with an SF reviewer type, he strongly urged all of us to never watch TV which was full of lies, lies and lies, et cetera. Mr. Bradbury's awesome sociopolitical values, coupled with his beautifully lyrical writing (my favorite will always be about the witch who would insert herself in humming birds and butterflies) make for an everlasting spirit of the art.

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May 24, 2014
  • TarannumSens rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed."

Jun 12, 2013
  • timeforheros rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stuff your eyes with wonder…live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that, shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.

Jan 28, 2013
  • bbb1771 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies."

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I don't talk things, sir,” said Faber. “I talk the meaning of things. I sit here and know I'm alive.”

Jun 28, 2012
  • andrewgraphics rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"...the word `intellectual,' of course, became the swear word it deserved to be."

Jun 27, 2012
  • VDuran17 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Well," Clarisse said," I'm seventeen and I'm crazy."

"Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land? I loved to smell them when I was a boy. Lord, there were a lot of lovely books once, before we let them go."--from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

Jul 13, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Is it because we're having so much fun at home we've forgotten the world? Is it because we're so rich and the rest of the world so poor and we just don't care if they are? I've heard rumors; the world is starving but we're well fed. Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much? I've heard rumors about hate, too, once in a long while, over the years. Do you know why? I don't, that's sure! Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes!

Jul 13, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversey, remember that!

Jul 13, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.

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Apr 15, 2013
  • charliemar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Classic, futuristic, beautiful prose.

In one of literature's most haunting denunciations of censorship, Ray Bradbury uses the materials of science fiction to tell the story of Guy Montag, a fireman forced to burn books. 192p.

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