Fahrenheit 451: A Novel
Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. 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 then 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. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
Simon & Schuster 249 pages
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The first book I ever read. The first book I ever read a second time. The first book I ever read multiple times.
Fahrenheit 451 is one of the great dystopian classics. Ray Bradbury's writing and his story still holds to this day. It's a quick read but its a solid and substantial read. It packs as much in its few pages as the huge 400-600 page novels of the modern era pack into their long trilogies and multiple book series.