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Fahrenheit 451 Paperback – 3 November 1993
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- ASIN : 0006546064
- Publisher : Voyager GB (3 November 1993)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780006546061
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
‘Another indispensible classic’ The Times
‘Fahrenheit 451 is the most skilfully drawn of all science fiction’s conformist hells’
‘Bradbury’s is a very great and unusual talent’
‘Ray Bradbury has a powerful and mysterious imagination which would undoubtedly earn the respect of Edgar Allen Poe’ Guardian
'It is impossible not to admire the vigour of his prose, similes and metaphors constantly cascading from his imagination' Spectator
'As a science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury has long been streets ahead of anyone else' Daily Telegraph
‘No other writer uses language with greater originality and zest. he seems to be a American Dylan Thomas – with dsicipline’ Sunday Telegraph
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Voyager Classics – timeless masterworks of science fiction and fantasy.
A beautiful clothbound edition of the internationally acclaimed Fahrenheit 451 – a masterwork of twentieth-century literature.
The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.
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 dystopian 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 civilisation’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, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.
Born in Illinois, in 1920, Ray Bradbury remains one of the most prestigious authors of science fiction in the world. His works include such noteworthy titles as The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine and The Machineries of Joy. Fahrenheit 451, his most celebrated work, continues to be one of the bestselling science fiction novels over fifty years after its first publication.
Bradbury’s diverse imaginative talents led him to be appointed as Idea Consultant for the United States Pavilion in 1963 and throughout his life he was an enthusiastic playwright, working for many years at the Pandemonium Theatre Company in Los Angeles and later the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena.
Ray Bradbury died in Los Angeles, California, on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91.
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The first thing that struck me was the style. It reads a bit like a fairy tale - Brothers Grimm - the language at times has a poetic quality, at times even puerile. The pace is unusually fast. There are no chapters as such, just the three parts and the book burns through fiercely. But there are some important messages going on here and some warnings about the unpredictable or perhaps even predictable course society is following. If they are not burning books they will be censoring the internet. It is about control. We all know the historical precedents. So for me this book is a reminder to be vigilant!
There is a very telling dialogue with Beatty, Montag`s fireman colleague who sets out very clearly the reasons why people need to be controlled. This episode is striking and deserves close attention.
I was reminded a bit of Orwell`s Animal Farm in that we have a fairly short story with a surreal like quality but with a very powerful message at its core and a warning of the perils which are ever present.
At 225 pages split into three parts this book is small, particularly when its larger than average font is considered.
It's a long time since I've read a Ray Bradbury book (since I studied The Illustrated Man in 1983!!). I have little interest in science fiction or fantasy novels although enjoy some dystopian novels so I approached this cautiously but hopefully.
There is a great quote at the start of the book "If they give you ruled paper, write the other way". Maybe this is a hint of the rebellion in this book.
I always ignore introductions to "classic" books as they are usually written by sycophantic admirers and give away too much of the novel (note to publishers... always put these at the end of novels not the beginning). This introduction is written by the author himself and worth reading - it gives context and sets the scene of him writing the story.
I tried very hard to enjoy this book but it was ultimately too much of a struggle and took a huge amount of time to read. The language is overplayed with some of the descriptive sections not actually describing anything at all. I wanted to try to get to know the characters but didn't get anywhere close.
I love the idea of the concept of TV taking over from books and how this effects society so was unsure how this author managed to make the narrative so uninspiring.
The novel was controversial when it was released and I can see why but the world has moved very far since then and, without the shock factor, this book is more of a curiosity than a classic.
1 - tyranny comes from bottom, the people
2 - reality tv shows are v similar to the shows that society watches in the book
3 - predicted the banning of 'offensive' material against minorities, in the book to the point where all literature is banned
4 - intoxicants to keep people going has come true with anti-depressants proscribed like sweets today and other drug use.
5 - the education system in the west has become intellectually impoverished outside science, few university graduates have any grasp of philosophy or history which used to be a given. In the book they are completely dropped.
6 - predicted flat screen tvs and earphones which are used by people to shut themselves off from society
Like 1984,the left love this book despite it actually being more applicable to them than the right.