Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Audiobook CD - 2004
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In Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires but start them--to burn books. It's a time when trivial information is valued and true knowledge perceived as dangerous and subversive. Guy Montag is a fireman with a wife who's goading him to work harder so they could afford another television set. When Montag befriends their neighbor Clarisse, whose love for books and knowledge is contrasted to the Montags' mindless existence, Clarisse suddenly disappears. As a result, Guy begins to hide her books. When his wife turns him in, Guy is ordered to hand them over. Refusing, he runs away, joining an outlawed group of intellectuals who store the contents of the books in their heads, waiting for the time the society will want to think again.
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p2004
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9781415916193
1415916195
Branch Call Number: FCD BRADBURY
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (72 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott

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Mark Melnychuk
Jun 10, 2012

This is an only a slightly over-rated classic. The first two parts of the book are rather tedious and lack true insight into how the great books in our society will become irrelevant. No brutal, oppressive regime, as depicted in the novel, is necessary for the demise of great literature. Instead the culprits are the dumbing down of our educational systems, the seduction of the internet, the dumbing down of the literary canon with many great writers of the past no longer being taught because they are “dead white males” and supposedly promoters of an oppressive patriarchal society. Bradbury could never have guessed that so much great literature would have fallen prey to political correctness and sexist politics.
The third and final part of the novel is very exciting, dramatic, meaningful and has so far saved the novel from oblivion. This novel is still worth reading and much better than the vast majority of dystopian novels. I can think of only three that I definitely prefer: Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World, Golding's Lord of the Rings.

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