About Fahrenheit 451
In 1953, science fiction crossed over from genre writing to mainstream literature with the publication of "Fahrenheit 451" by a young Californian named Ray Bradbury.
Bradbury's story offers a disturbing and poetic parable of a society gone awry, where people have turned away from reading, and firemen burn books. The title refers to the temperature at which paper catches fire.
The main character is Guy Montag, one of the book-burning firemen. For years, he has done his job obediently. But one day, he’s called upon to burn the books of a woman who prefers to die rather than leave her library.
Haunted by the idea that a life without books is not worth living, Montag steals some books from the burning home, and begins to discover the power of reading for himself.
"Fahrenheit 451" examines the price a society pays when it turns away from reading and the sharing of ideas and towards a mindless world of non-stop video entertainment.
Six decades after its publication, the book’s themes are still remarkably relevant to our modern technology-driven lives.Place Hold
"Frightening in its implications… Mr. Bradbury’s account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating."
- The New York Times
"A masterpiece . . . A glorious American classic everyone should read: It’s life-changing if you read it as a teen, and still stunning when you reread it as an adult."
- The Boston Globe