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Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires.... — The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. — Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consum...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345342966
ISBN-10: 0345342968
Publication Date: 8/12/1987
Pages: 179
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 1437 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Leigh avatar reviewed Fahrenheit 451 on + 378 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 18
If you love books, read this. It will tear your heart out to think of all the ideas in books being set to flame. If you're a slow reader, this will make you want to speed up. If you're a fast reader, this will make you want to speed-read. This books presents a future of little questioning and ultimate control. If you are a bibliophile, this book will stir your soul. I cannot recommend it enough.
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Helpful Score: 7
Quite a scary book. 451 degrees is the temp at which paper burns. Quite a terrible thought for anyone that belongs to a club like this! And to think it is true in some countries - and could be in ours if we don't watch out!
BarteringBibliophile avatar reviewed Fahrenheit 451 on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Throughout high school, this book was always on the summer reading list. For one reason or another, I never chose to read it. I wish I had taken the time to read this sooner. Fahrenheit 451 now has a spot on my list of favorite books and I have already started recommending it to people.

I greatly enjoyed this book but was surprisingly disappointed by the ending. I don't really know what I was expecting. I felt like the ending was lacking compared to the rest of the story. I also didn't like what happened with Clarisse. She wasn't a great character, but I thought there could have been more of an explanation.

Everyone who loves books should read this one. Read and keep reading in case we're no longer allowed to in the future.
TakingTime avatar reviewed Fahrenheit 451 on + 1072 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
An older Bradbury novel that - altho not yet happening - points out exactly what can happen if we do not protect our freedoms and the American way of life. Is Big Brother watching????
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Helpful Score: 5
If the State's position on books depicted in this novel becomes reality (does it really seem impossible?) then this site becomes
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daylily77 avatar reviewed Fahrenheit 451 on + 236 more book reviews
What a wild ride! From drab boring monotony. Enter Faber. To wildly imaginative poetic prose. I grappled with finishing the book until Faber came along and opened Montag's eyes. Such a riot, with contrasting views and ideas.
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Now I understand why it's on the reading list for high school!
luv2cnewthings avatar reviewed Fahrenheit 451 on + 55 more book reviews
I read this book back in High School, so it was over ten years ago - but I still remember most of was more about ignorance and politics than about books. However, the first line of the book will stay with you: "Farenheit 451 the temperature at which paper burns."

...or at least I think that is what is started with!
Alameda avatar reviewed Fahrenheit 451 on + 336 more book reviews
Ray Bradbury classic. Books are outlawed, they ignite at 451 degrees Fahrenhet (hence the title). They are burned where ever they are found. To have a book is to be an enimy of the state.

The real story is the social background that created the 'need' to burn all books. We keep coming back full circle.

Quick read, but slow yourself down - it's important later in the book (story). 167 pages