Fahrenheit 451: A Novel (Paperback)
Fahrenheit 451 is a novel that all ages should read; not only a good story, this tale by Ray Bradbury paints a chilling picture of a world where all books are outlawed, and a group of workers called Firemen, are sent to burn any and all books found.
Fahrenheit 451 is a sci-fi classic, a tale of a man who, after becoming disillusioned with the government ban on books, is faced with a dilemma that will change his life forever: will Guy Montag, a Fireman, turn his back on all he knows for books, and the girl that has shown them to him, or will he keep the status quo. The book is a rollercoaster of social commentary, fear, and deep seated contempt for a society that looks down on thought. This biting commentary illustrates the thing that all readers, young and old should remember: without book and the knowledge they contain, the world will fall to ruins, controlled by those who certainly should not be in control.
From Ray Bradbury, the master of early sci-fi, this book is the kind that everyone should read, own, and give to others.— Swade Best
Nearly seventy years after its original publication, Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 stands as a classic of world literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Today its message has grown more relevant than ever before.
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.
About the Author
Ray Bradbury (1920–2012) was the author of more than three dozen books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well as hundreds of short stories. He wrote for the theater, cinema, and TV, including the screenplay for John Huston’s Moby Dick and the Emmy Award–winning teleplay The Halloween Tree, and adapted for television sixty-five of his stories for The Ray Bradbury Theater. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and numerous other honors.
“Brilliant . . . Startling and ingenious . . . Mr. Bradbury’s account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating.” —Orville Prescott, The New York Times
“A masterpiece . . . A glorious American classic everyone should read: It’s life-changing if you read it as a teen, and still stunning when you reread it as an adult.” —Alice Hoffman, The Boston Globe
“One of this country’s most beloved writers . . . A great storyteller, sometimes even a mythmaker, a true American classic.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post