Fahrenheit 451
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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Jul 29, 2018
Guy Montag is a fireman. But, in the dystopian future of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 classic, a fireman’s duty is not to put out fires, but to start them. His job, in fact, is to burn books, a task that requires the temperature of 451° Fahrenheit. It’s natural to see Fahrenheit 451 as an allegory about censorship, but that would be to limit Bradbury’s purpose and accomplishment. What the tale really celebrates are the freedoms reading fosters—freedoms of thought, emotion, individuality, engagement with others and with nature—which are under threat from mass media, homogenization of public discourse, and the mediated experience technology promotes. But its function as a parable is only made possible by its power as a story: From first page to last, through Montag’s personal perils and larger societal upheavals, the reader follows Bradbury’s fireman on a journey that evokes more questions than it answers—one that is thrilling, satisfying, and deeply haunting.
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Oct 26, 2018
Insightful
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Oct 28, 2018
Though I've loved Bradbury's masterwork for years, I don't think this is his best. I prefer The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine or his perfect short stories.
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Oct 28, 2018
Up there with Brave New World
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Reminds us of the dangers of censorship.
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Nov 28, 2018
Powerful social commentary.
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Jan 1, 2019
Reread recently after about 40 years and it is still a powerful read.
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Jan 1, 2019
It could happen
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Jan 10, 2019
This really set a tone in dystopian fiction.
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Jan 29, 2019
This is a fantastic book, my partner and I have been discussing it and doing the "what if" since.
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Feb 19, 2019
Protect books, libraries and the written word.
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Mar 12, 2019
Great book!
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Mar 18, 2019
Proving to be an incredibly, painfully prescient prophecy.
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Mar 26, 2019
it's statement on censorship is still relevant today.
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Mar 27, 2019
In an era when everyone is so "offended" and demands things to change their way, Bradbury's novel proves to be more applicable now than it even was when it was first published.
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Mar 28, 2019
Because censorship sucks
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Apr 1, 2019
A thought provoking story about society and the tendencies we have towards hate and control.
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Apr 2, 2019
Prescient
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Apr 4, 2019
One of my favorites from high school. I was just thinking of reading this again.
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Apr 21, 2019
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Apr 30, 2019
Short and to the point. A page turner with things that feel all too real.
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May 9, 2019
Great for this time
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May 18, 2019
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May 25, 2019
A classic.
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Jun 30, 2019
Social commentary feels very on point.
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Jul 14, 2019
Classic.
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Sep 8, 2019
New perspective on firemen and the importance of the written word
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Sep 12, 2019
Science fiction with a lesson
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Sep 13, 2019
I remember as a child agreeing with the dangers this book preached against. Always will be worth another read for me.
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