Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. 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 then 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.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

(from Amazon.com)

One thought on “Fahrenheit 451

  1. The Library’s Crooked Road Readers read this when we tackled a series of five books of classic American fiction. Fahrenheit 451 was published in 1953. Most of us were astonished, and discouraged, that its themes of censorship and its descriptions of carelessness toward knowledge and independent thinking are still relevant. That said, we pledged to “carry the fire” of books & reading!

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