Release Date: 1953
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The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.
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 dystopian 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, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.
You might be looking at my rating and thinking “Amber, what the feck is wrong with you?”. I wouldn’t blame you. Fahrenheit 451 is a much beloved classic, and is a favourite of many of my friends, and two stars is a bloody low rating. It probably seems appalling that I have rated it so low, but I want you to know that I did appreciate what the book was saying, even if I didn’t particularly enjoy reading it.