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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.
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"Not nearly as bad as I remember it being when I was in middle school, but at the same time it still doesn't thrill me. I can understand why it had such an impact since it was written in the 50s when there still weren't a whole lot of dystopian novels published yet, but from a modern point of view, it's mediocre. "
"Excellent book, and scarily relevant to 2019. My town chose Fahrenheit 451 for its community reading program, and I am pleased to lead a book discussion on Sept 23. As Fahrenheit 451 begins, the characters are mostly numb and disinterested, making the story slow. As the main character undergoes a spiritual and intellectual awakening, my interest and engagement increased. As he meets other rebels, I was moved to tears. Ray Bradbury’s use of metaphors and visual language is outstanding!"
"At first, the way this was written felt very juvenile to me, and I wasn't sure if I was gonna like it. But the more I read, the more poetic everything sounded. Some aspects of this dystopian world weren't all that different from the present, so reading this was a real eye-opener. It really makes you reflect."