The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. 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 ...Read MoreThe hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. 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. The classic novel of a post-literate future, 'Fahrenheit 451' 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. Bradbury's powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which over fifty years from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.Read Less
In English class, we read the book Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. I thought this book was pretty good, but it wouldn?t be that good for people without a big vocabulary. There are a lot of big words that most kids don?t know, I?m in the 6th grade, and this book was a little confusing for me. It?s pretty much about a dystopian future, when firemen burn books, and start fires, instead of putting them out. In this future, everyone encourages burning books, they think that it?s a waste of time. If they catch you with a book, they will burn all of them, and burn your house, and possibly put you in a insane asylum. You are considered crazy if you like books. This is a story about a man, Montag, who discovers the truth about books, and that they aren?t as terrible as he believed, and everyone says. The ?normal? people like to sit in front of the television all day, and watch shows with no storyline, and they hate to socialize. Montag, with the help of Clarisse and Faber, discovers the truth, and heads on his way to a camp of ?The Book People.? ?The Book People? are camps of Harvard degrees along the railroad track, who memorize books.
Apr 7, 2014
The book Fahrenheit 451 is a very thought provoking book. The author uses different tools such as symbolism and irony to express different themes. One theme is knowledge versus ignorance and how to not follow the status quo. The main character, Guy Montag , is on a journey to find the truth. He wishes not to become like the others in this society who are lazy, unmotivated and void of emotion.
Montag starts questioning his job as a fireman and goes after the truth. In this time period, Firemen burn books instead of putting out fires. So this change from being void of emotion, just following orders, to a person of knowledge is very hard for Montag. Events happen throughout the book that start to open his eyes to the truth that books can hold instead of believing what is fed to him by the government through television and radio.
One of the scenes I liked most from this book was when Montag?s first revelation about the way the society works, happens at an old woman's house where he and the other firemen were sent to burn books . When the firemen arrive at this woman's house the woman is still there, when usually the police come and get the person first. So now the firemen had to burn a house with a woman inside it. But before they can, the woman pulls out a match and lets herself go up in flames with her books. So now Montag realizes what people would do for their books and that they might have some meaning to them.
This book is an awesome dystopian future novel by Ray Bradbury which makes you think about human behavior more deeply.
Apr 7, 2014
I think the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury was an interesting book about Guy Montag, an ex-fireman. In this future, firemen burn books because the government says they are illegal, but they really don?t want anybody to think.
One of my favorite parts is when Montag is running away from Mechanical Hound and escapes by climbing in the river, pours whiskey on himself, changes clothes and floats away down the river. There, he runs into the wilderness and finds the Book People, a group of people who have memorized books.
An important part in the book is when Mrs. Blake, an elderly woman, commits suicide and burns with her books. This made an important impact on Montag because after her death he did not want to burn anymore books or possibly people. Another import character is Clarisse McClellan, a crazy seventeen year old who loves the wilderness, likes to study people, and asks many questions.
Overall I thought this book was well written and very futuristic. The book had many emotional parts. It had its ups and downs and some parts were very grotesque; Captain Beatty burns and boils. I would recommend to anyone who is reading this to read Fahrenheit 451!
Apr 7, 2014
LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
What a MOUNTAIN of fulfilled hi-tech prophesy! SO much of what Ray Bradbury hypothesized has come true.
Apr 7, 2014
it really put me in the place of the people. When they said that they drove the red ?dragon? fire truck was in my head as a red dragon. I loved the way that Ray Bradbury described the burning books as flower pedals I was able to picture that in my mind. This book inspired me to keep reading books and sharing them with friends because if we did not have books we would not know anything about the past. It makes you think about what would happen if firemen burned books instead and started fires instead of putting out fires. What if they had a dog that would hunt people that had books down and knock them out. I wish they would write a sequel and tell us if Montag and Clarisse meet on the rail road with the book people. I think that this book deserves to be republished/produce and that they need to make a new movie to update the scenery and things. I loved this book I hope that some of you would like to read it and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.I thought that this was an awesome book it described all the details and
Publishers Weekly, 2010-10-25 After years of working as a fireman-one who burns books and enjoys his work-Guy Montag meets a young girl who makes him question his profession and the values of the society in which he lives. Stephan Hoye's narration is perfectly matched to the subject matter: his tone is low and ominous, and his cadence shifts with the prose to ratchet up tension and suspense. He produces spot-on voices, and his versions of the gruff Captain Beatty, the playful Clarisse, and the fearful professor Faber are especially impressive. A Ballantine paperback. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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