Fahrenheit 451

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Ballantine Books, 1987 - Fiction - 190 pages
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Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this timeless classic with a special edition featuring a new foreword by the author and a message that is as relevant today as when it was first published. Since the late 1940s, Ray Bradbury has been revered for his works of science fiction and fantasy. With more than 4 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 - originally published in 1953 - remains his most acclaimed work. Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns. Fahrenheit 451 is a short novel set in the (perhaps near) future when "firemen" burn books forbidden by the totalitarian "brave new world" regime. The hero, according to Mr. Bradbury, is "a book burner who suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas and cry out silently when put to the torch." Today, when libraries and schools are still "burning" certain books, Fahrenheit 451 is a work of even greater impact and timeliness.

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User Review  - Narshkite - LibraryThing

I last read this book in high school, where it blew me away. On re-read that seems about right developmentally. It is a super easy read, the prose is flowery but not complicated. It is totally ... Read full review

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User Review  - DeborahJade - LibraryThing

Reviewed months after reading A disturbing insight into a world where people are dumbed down by entertainment and books are forbidden. Yet no matter how dark things get, there is always hope and always someone fighting back. Read full review

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Man's Peril, 1954-55
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About the author (1987)

Ray Bradbury is America's foremost writer of science fiction and fantasy. Among his most popular adult books are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Death is a Lonely Business. In addition, he has written several books for children, including Switch on the Night. In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has had on so many for so many years, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the National Medal of Arts in 2004.

He lives in Los Angeles.

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