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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury, Ray, 1920-

This hauntingly prophetic novel centres around a not-too-distant future where happiness is allocated on a TV screen, individuals and scholars are outcasts and books are burned by a special task force of firemen

Paperback, Book. English. Dystopias.
Published London: Flamingo, 1993
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Statement of responsibility: Ray Bradbury
ISBN: 0006546064, 9780006546061
Note: Originally published: New York: Ballantine, 1953; London: Hart-Davis, 1954.
Physical Description: xi, 172 p. ; 20 cm.
Series: Flamingo modern classic
Subject: Book burning Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 5.2
Interest Level: UY
Points: 7
Quiz Number: 200136

Author note

Ray Bradbury has published some 500 short stories, novels, plays and poems since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was twenty years old. Among his many famous works are 'Fahrenheit 451', 'The Illustrated Man' and 'The Martian Chronicles'.

Description

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 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.

Reviews

'Another indispensible classic' The Times

'Fahrenheit 451 is the most skilfully drawn of all science fiction's conformist hells'Kingsley Amis

'Bradbury's is a very great and unusual talent'Christopher Isherwood

'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