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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Reread recently after about 40 years and it is still a powerful read.
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It could happen
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This really set a tone in dystopian fiction.
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This is a fantastic book, my partner and I have been discussing it and doing the "what if" since.
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Protect books, libraries and the written word.
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Great book!
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Proving to be an incredibly, painfully prescient prophecy.
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it's statement on censorship is still relevant today.
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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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Because censorship sucks
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Apr 1
A thought provoking story about society and the tendencies we have towards hate and control.
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Apr 2
Prescient
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Apr 4
One of my favorites from high school. I was just thinking of reading this again.
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Apr 21
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Apr 30
Short and to the point. A page turner with things that feel all too real.
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Great for this time
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A classic.
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Jun 30
Social commentary feels very on point.
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Classic.
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