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Fahrenheit 451

FAHRENHEIT 451:’ THE TEMPERATURE AT WHICH BOOK PAPER CATCHES FIRE AND BURNS.

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

‘Fahrenheit 451’ is the classic novel of a post-literature future. It stands alongside Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity. Ray Bradbury’s vision is astonishingly prophetic: wall-sized television screens showing interactive soap operas; billboards two hundred feet long, so that speeding drivers can make sense of them; a populace oblivious of everything but the constant music and news delivered by miniature speakers plugged into their ears.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with an uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, forty years on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.


Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

 

  • Recommended class reader for grades 9 – 12
  • English Home Language & First Additional Language
  • ISBN: 9780006546061

“His masterwork.” SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

“’Fahrenheit 451′ is the most skilfully drawn of all science fiction’s conformist hells.”    KINGSLEY AMIS

 

 

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Review of the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel that tells the story of a future society where books are banned and critical thinking and independent thought are discouraged. The novel’s protagonist, Guy Montag, is a fireman whose job is to burn books instead of putting out fires. As he becomes more disillusioned with his society and begins to question the status quo, he becomes a hunted man.

One of the strengths of the novel is its ability to convey important themes in a way that is both thought-provoking and powerful. The book deals with themes of censorship, the dangers of conformity, and the importance of knowledge and free thinking. Bradbury does an excellent job of exploring these themes in a way that is both engaging and thought-provoking.

The novel’s portrayal of a society where books are banned and critical thinking is discouraged is particularly powerful and a warning of the dangers of censorship. It is a great way to introduce readers to the importance of protecting the freedom of speech and the freedom of expression. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of books in our society and how they are a reflection of our culture and history.

The characters in the book are well-developed, relatable and easy for readers to understand. Guy Montag, the protagonist, is trying to navigate the challenges of living in a society where everything is controlled and planned. The reader can’t help but feel for him as he begins to realize the dark secrets of his society.

Overall, Fahrenheit 451 is a well-written and thought-provoking novel that is suitable for young adult readers and adults. It is a powerful warning against the dangers of censorship, conformity, and the importance of knowledge and free thinking. The book is written in a simple and easy to understand language and style, making it accessible for readers of all ages. It is a great book for classroom discussion, independent reading and for readers who are looking for a thought

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