Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

A must-read classic

Sixty years after its originally publication, Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 stands as a classic of world literature set in a bleak, dystopian future where freedom of thought is under attack and books are burned instead of read. Today its message has grown more relevant than ever before.

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Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

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Series: Books Like 1984
Genres: Classic, Science Fiction

"...a riveting read on how mass media can destroy people’s humanity. After all, what makes us human if not the ability to think by ourselves and make up our own opinion?"
"...interesting and terrifying...The similarities between a book written in 1953 and current day hits a little close to home."
“One of this country’s most beloved writers . . . A great storyteller, sometimes even a mythmaker, a true American classic.”
– Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
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