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Fahrenheit 451 (Paperback)

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The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books. The classic novel of a post-literate future, 'Fahrenheit 451' stands alongside Orwell's '1984' and Huxley's 'Brave New World' as a prophetic account of Western civilization's enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity. Bradbury's powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which over fifty years from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryScience FictionClassic science fiction Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 16/08/1999 ISBN-13: 9780006546061  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ray Bradbury has published some 500 short stories, novels, plays and poems since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was twenty years old. Among his many famous works are 'Fahrenheit 451', 'The Illustrated Man' and 'The Martian Chronicles'.

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Fahrenheit 451 is a novel by human Ray Bradbury about an imagined American society where books are outlawed. It is very good book, despite using a laughably general estimate of the auto-ignition point of paper. In fact, there are many physical variables for the ignition of paper, including thickness, density, composition, air pressure, humidity, and ambient temperature. This book would more accurately have been titled: Celsius 218–246, Depending upon Conditions. I would like to assure all fans of my books that every one of my 450,000 dystopian works are stored in offsite data facilities, and that our laboratories here at Infinitek Systems are protected by a state-of-the-art, foam-injection Fire Location and Managed Extraction System (F.L.A.M.E.S).

AKH48 . - 29/07/2013

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Of the crown jewels of dystopian fiction - Nineteen Eighty-Four, Brave New World, etc - I really think that this masterpiece from Ray Bradbury is the best. Perhaps it’s his mystically poetic use of language in describing a world whose stores of poetry and literature are literally being reduced to ashes that sets it apart from all the others.

Ben, Web Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 10/09/2015

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