- Mass Market Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue ed. edition (1 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451690312
- ISBN-13: 978-1451690316
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1 x 17.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fahrenheit 451 Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2012
|Mass Market Paperback, 1 May 2012||
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About the Author
The book was written by Ray Bradbury. He was an American horror, science fiction, mystery fiction and American fantasy writer. He is one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century. His books have been adapted into comic books, television shows and films. He received many awards for his works including the National Medal of Arts in 2004 from the President of United States and a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize Jury in 2007. His famous works are The Lake, Dark Carnival, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man.
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And I must say that contrary to the popular belief on Amazon India, I find 451 to be a far superior story to BNW, and one of the most refreshing takes on totalitarianism.
The concepts in both books are fresh and awesome, but the execution and storyline of 451 is much more captivating.
A world without books, where the world is too commercialised and people are near-dumb - this is what the protagonist Guy has to wade through to make sense of his life and the world around him.
Some time in the future, homes have become fireproof but firemen exist. What do they do then? Well of course firemen are ones who set the things on fire. The protagonist, Guy Montag, is one of these firemen, belonging to the division named 451 that deals with the burning of books (Bradbury was incorrectly informed that 451 degrees Fahrenheit was the temperature at which books burned). Once the protagonist comes in contact with a girl – A familiar trope in all major dystopias – that looks at things in a different way, only then does the revolutionary spark ignites in Montag.
The first thing right off the bat that everyone would probably want to know is why everyone is so against books. I’ll leave it to the reader to read it and find it out, not spoiling much. All I’ll say is that the reason for is pretty understandable yet far-fetched. In the end it was still convincing to me once I thought about it. The best part is the ambience and world Bradbury has created. The atmosphere is stellar. The science-fiction concepts are one of the best for the times it was written in my opinion. This book had predicted huge wall-to-wall TV screens, 24 hour ATMs and in-ear phones/walkie-talkies back in the early ‘50s.
It was written at a time when things like TV shows and pulp magazines were on the rise, and book readers feared they’d be extinct soon, that screens would take away the joy of reading. The joke’s on Bradbury, I read the book on Kindle. Who’s laughing now!
There’s a misconception that this book is in response to McCarthy era censorship, whereas according to Bradbury the idea for the book predates the censorship norms that were the rage in America during the McCarthy Era.
I would consider it among the better dystopias along with We and This Perfect Day, but definitely less than Nineteen Eighty-Four. On a side note, I was in the middle of the book when the first teaser trailer of the movie adaptation was released revealing the names of Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. I’m looking forward to the movie version as well.
I’d recommend this book if you fans of dystopian society stories.
Review of the book:-
Books burn, houses that shelters them burn, salamander engraved firemen burn them all, they don’t put out fire anymore, everything is certain and definite, nothing that induces doubt survives, all is converted to ash. Everything happens fast, kids are driving cars at 200 mph with no bother, violence is spreading and a war is coming carrying with it a wind of change which will effect a fireman called Guy Montag. Get ready to have a glimpse at a world with no books.
Published in 1953, this dystopian novel is considered one of Ray Bradbury’s best works. Based on the theme of programming (through constant TV) of people for optimum output and resulting unsatisfied and superficial happiness, the novel explores the dark effects of technology, advertisements and intolerance of minority.
The world of the novel is that of a distant future, shaped by some atomic wars of the past and based on strict rules and cultivated tradition which targets for widespread happiness and general satisfaction through absolving the world of anything that induces doubt and thus, the books became the ultimate culprit. Apparently, 4510 F (232.780 C) is the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burn. Guy Montag is the protagonist who is a fireman, whose task is to burn the buildings and houses that contain these immoral books. As anybody can guess, it is the story of his realization.
Even before the book was published, Ray Bradbury was mistrustful of new technology (especially Radio) and how everyone was becoming a short read person. He would have gone nuts witnessing today’s twitter, facebook, whatsapp world. The book is 63 years old but this does not mean that it is not relevant for modern times. If you care about books then Fahrenheit 451 signals the struggle that the books are going through. Maybe this one passage from Fahrenheit 451 underlines the importance of books vividly:
“…There is nothing magical in them, at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us…”.
The book is filled with the lines of wisdom both from the writer’s mind and other author’s writings, for example,
“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindness there is at least one which makes the heart run over ” by Samuel Johnson.
This book may fail to impact some of the readers as they may have encountered similar themes in subsequent dystopian books or movies. I remember watching Oblivion, where Tom Cruise was living a lie and how he was finding truths through long lost books, which were obviously banned. A plethora of science-fiction comics, novels and movies are inspired by this book, and I think one can find a unique and different kind of inspiration by reading this novel.
Paper quality poor as compared to price of this copy.
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