Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury

  • Release Date: 2011-11-29
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4
From 1,096 Ratings


Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.


  • please restore original cover art!!

    By Slagface
    would like to purchase this, digitally, however, the cover art is preventing me from doing so. please, correct this, i beg
  • I hate this

    By person 451
    This book bored me
  • Where is the OG Cover?😐

    By B.N.K.G
    I read the book on the occasions and my only concern is Why didn’t they use the original cover??! 🤔🤔🤔 Did they think “oh hey let’s put Michael B Jordan on the cover maybe more people will read is...!!!” The book was great!!! Not for people who don’t have very much imagination🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️ The book has a different way in descriptions that may bore an unimaginative reader.🙏🏾🙏🏾👍🏾
  • Great Book want original cover art though

    By JoeyMT1988
    Don’t use my library to promote a movie. I want the original cover art. I hate HBO and it makes me understand why some people only buy irl books.
  • Don’t read

    By sorry323
    This is probably the most boring book I’ve ever read seriously don’t read it

    By Prophet Amos
    Bring back the orignal version with the orignal cover art. I hate it when, they put a new face on the classics. Leave the classics alone!
  • It’s a good story. Just was forced reading.

    By QueenPing
    Forced to read this in school.
  • Defending Books… 65 Years Later

    By Bob Magnant
    I was delighted with Neil Geiman’s Introduction the original Fahrenheit 451; his words reaffirm the timelessness that the story brought to me. I was born between Bradbury (1920) and Geiman (1960) and I went back to reread the book, already questioning how a story that was written in the past about the future could truly hold up for today’s generation in a world that’s already been dramatically shaped by time and technology in ways that they weren’t even aware of. In the 1950’s, Bradbury already saw computers possibilities in simple terms and saw that nothing but good would be coming from them. He believed that, in a sense, computers were simply books, were all over the place and that computers would be as well. A familiarity exists in the conversations and the silences of the story that is easily recognized as the firemen discuss their work, their lives and the complexities of their relationships; those surroundings seem timeless. The images of Mildred’s ‘family’ in the parlor are quite similar to the multiscreen environments that typically surround us today. Look around you; computers and smartphones count! The relationships that we still have with books goes without saying; they’ve been with us for centuries. The idea that all books could become criminal has always been an absurdity to the masses but the historical role that book burning has played as a means deleting or controlling differences and dissidents is real. ‘Fahrenheit 451’ is a novel first, a fiction, a story about a dedicated fireman, Montag, who believes that all books cause conflicting ideas and must be destroyed. He is part of a zealous effort to purge their existence from society. After meeting Clarisse, he begins to question how his beliefs have been shaped and his curiosity inspires his quest for meaning in words. By story’s end he has become the revolution and a hero for the future of books… just like Bradbury!! I was struck by Bradbury’s comments in Coda (1979) of how he waged a lifelong battle with well-intentioned readers or the actions of cubby-hole editors, fearful of contaminating the young, blatantly changing his words or suggesting that he do. In one instance, he discovered that, bit-by-bit, some seventy-five separate section had been censured from Fahrenheit, causing the entire book to be reset. His point should be obvious; there is more than one way to burn a book and the world is full of people running about with lit matches! This book contains an unprecedented collection of timely wisdom from noted experts from the world of words just in time to bolster my efforts to promote storytelling in today's younger generation, not the least of these are from Bradbury’s own perspectives. Bob Magnant created the Fingertips Series on Apple iTunes to promote the reading, writing and reviewing of books in the digital age. He has written multiple Apple iBooks and is the author of 'Domestic Satellite: An FCC Giant Step' and 'The Last Transition...', a fact-based novel about Iran. He writes about politics, globalization, the Internet and US policy and lives near the beach in Jupiter, FL.
  • Love it

    By alicejoaquin
    I just finished reading it last month in my English class it was great and the new movie was okay it has Michael B Jordan in it
  • It’s alright

    By kacif2001
    I read this book for book club and while I was reluctant, it wasn’t a terrible book!