Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
RAY D. BRADBURY
Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper spontaneously catches fire and burns. It is a futuristic novel describing a time when the government has ordered that all books be burned.This may seem to be ridiculous and could never be happening, but it is starting to happen in real life now, today.Now we have a president who accuses everything in the press of being "fake news". He tells his followers who constitute a near majority never to believe the news media. He has ordered the arrest and criminal prosecution of the leading law enforcement officers including the Director of the FBI and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He has accused most of his political opponents of corruption and crime. Nobody knows what is the truth and what is false any more.He says that decisions of the highest courts of the United States are almost all fake. He openly attacks and criticizes the highest judges of the Supreme Court. He says the truth is false and the false is true. The result is we the people do not know who or what to believe. All the great scientists have found that climate change is real and our time on this earth may be limited, but he says climate change is a hoax and we should ignore the works of the scientists.This is not the first time this has happened. In China, Chairman Mao declared his Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forwards. China has the oldest civilization in the world, going back to before Confucius in 551-479 BC. Yet, during the Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao ordered all the old books burned and destroyed and even ordered the people to destroy their old household furniture.I found this out myself in 2011 when I toured China after the World Memory Championships in Guangzhou China. As a book publisher, I wanted to reprint some old classical works. I was shocked to discover that no books were available dated before 1949 and few after that. Everything earlier than that had been destroyed.I am still hoping that some older Chinese books have been preserved in Taiwan.I consider a book dated 1949 to be a relatively new book. I usually do not bother with such recent books.The destruction of all books in China dated before 1949 is not reported on any website that I have found but I saw with my own eyes that all such books were gone.
RAY D. BRADBURY
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"It has so far predicted most things about society today and the fact that on page I believe it was 69 he mentions there being a atomic war in 2022 is really scary and creepy because this book was published in 1963 which is crazy that he predicted the invention of the flat screen and the earbuds"
"Hard to pick one. Love the ones with deep messages. "
"Wow! Now I know why this book is considered a classic. If you like to think, to wonder, and to be inspired to question the status quo, this book is for you. Beautifully written and relatable, Ray Bradbury has made me question the amount of tech in my life and has inspired me to spend more time thinking and doing!!!"
"By far one of my favorite books of all time. What lengths would you go to to learn from the written word and not just accept what you’re spoon fed by those in a position of power?"
"I recently re-read this classic and what I once appreciated as an eerie fantasy is now terrifying in its prophetic quality. This stroy is even more beautiful and meaningful in our current society. "