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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.

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Fahrenheit 451
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Nor a Witty Title
January 3rd, 2015
I quite enjoyed this novel and think that it is something that everyone should read at least once. The imagery was beautiful! It was one of my favourite things about this novel, that being said, it can be confusing if the book does not have your 100% attention. It also has a thought-provoking message that can still (unfortunately) be applied to our modern society. PS: Please excuse any spelling errors in my review. I'm typing this on my kobo (which is much harder than one would think)
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Essential reading for everyone
October 30th, 2014
This made me want to hug every one of my books to my chest and never let go. Masterfully written and even more relevant in an era of constant connectedness and media (over)load.
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One of the Best
October 30th, 2014
This is now one of my favourite books of all time, even though the story was written years ago it still feels fresh and touches on some of the biggest dilemmas that still face humanity today.
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A must read!
August 25th, 2014
I enjoyed this book when I read it many many years ago, but reading it again now, as an adult, I got even more out of it. If you have not read this book yet, I highly recommend you do. If you have, it is totally worth reading once again.
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January 23rd, 2014
"A book is a loaded gun in the house next door... Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?" Stumbling upon this quote got me to read Fahrenheit 451. Everything in this book spoke to me - I was blown away. It challenged me. It made me think. Originally published in the early 50s, it is amazing that the warning or message is more relevant today that it has ever been. Truly a great book and in my top 5.
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