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This description may be from another edition of this product. 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...

Customer Reviews

18 ratings

No complaints

I bought the good condition, there was general wear and tear on the spine of the book, but no other damage. I absolutely love this class book

Great book. Cover in poor condition. Almost torn in half

No pages missing that I can tell but the cover is in poor condition. Nothing tape can’t fix. Beats buying it new and it saves a book from heading to the landfills

Amazing work of speculative fiction!

In a world full of Mildreds, be a Clarisse.

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Received as described

Good book; poor condition.

Book was described as in good condition, but although the binding is ok, it has loads of highlighting and distracting ink underlining in many colors. I'd send it back, but it's not worth the trouble.

Poor condition

I’ve read this book before and love the content. I was disappointed in the condition when the book arrived. It was labeled good condition, but came full of writing and marks. I just hope they start marking if books are marked in.


Came in wonderful condition. Back in school, I had a class that we were required to read this. I have searched on and off for a copy but have had no luck, until I stumbled upon it here.

Great book, poor condition.

This was supposed to be "very good" condition and came with highlighting and writing ALL over the pages. I realize these books are used, but they shouldn't be sold in that condition.

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Bad condition...

I bought the book in very good condition thinking it would be good but turns out it came in bad condition with a torn cover and half the pages were pink stains on all the pages. The one of the pages were scribbled on...not very happy

Fahrenheit 451 is the first book I reread religiously.

I first read the book in 2012 and fell in love with the characters. It was required reading but I couldn't get enough. Ray Bradbury captured the future when he wrote it. Some events he describes luckily have not yet happened but many concepts and themes reign true today and the more I read this dystopian the more parallels I see in the world we have today.

Books are an allegory for ideas and both need protection from the flames

When I told friends and colleagues that I was reading through Fahrenheit 451, the reaction was usually something like "I remember reading that in High School" or "that's the book about burning books, right?" Thank God I decided to read it as an adult immersed in the hustle of full time work, raising a family, and generally keeping my life together. I can see how reading it as a child I would have hyper focused on the literal book burning itself. While the firemen of the story may physically burn books, that's not the crime, just as it wouldn't be a crime to turn a stack of blank papers into a smoldering pile of ash. Rather, it is the attempted destruction of ideas and the arrogance, foolishness, and often concealed malevolence which such behavior represents. Reading it now made me more aware of how the message of the book, which is that ideas should be open to examination and understanding regardless of how they make people feel, is frighteningly lacking in the hearts and minds of many Americans today. Facebook, Google, Apple, and a myriad of mini-tyrants have embraced the role of the modern day Captain Beatty under the veil of keeping people safe from ideas they deem unworthy of dispersion. A video deleted because for being offensive is no different than a book set aflame for being offensive. Let's make sure we do better than professor Faber, and not wait to push back because, as the forward to the book says, the burning of books inevitably leads to the burning of people.

Can't Get Into It

I've been reading a lot of dystopia novels lately, and this is by far my least favorite. I'm not connecting with any of the characters and I don't find the writing very good. It's a short book and I am struggling to get through a page of it at a time.

Collective loss of memory, history, and the outside world

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a story of a society that has been changed to a dystopia. High authorities try to regulate life to make people happy. To achieve this happiness, firemen (which has been redefined) burn books to people don't know what the past was like. The city is a dystopia in a utopia. Guy Montag, firemen who finds out that he isn't happy once he has multiple conversations with a spontaneous adolescent girl named Clarisse. Clarisse doesn't thrive in the dystopia like everyone else. She does not accept that books are bad. She late affects the train of thought for Montag. Mildred, Montag's wife is happy with her life. She accepts the thought of books being bad. She agrees that destroying books brings happiness. She spends most of her time watching T.V. all day. Faber is an old man who enjoys books, but he is terrified of the firemen. He's a smart coward. Captain Beatty reads books from time to time, but he doesn't believe anything he reads. The common theme for the book the collective loss of memory, history, and the outside world in a society will result in an easy psychological manipulation of mankind by a government ultimately leading to dehumanization of the people. This is the theme because they are erasing history in an effort to achieve happiness. The common characteristics used in the book are relying on physical and somewhat psychological torture to maintain order. They threaten to burn books and houses if you're caught with books. The society the government runs thought to be an utopia but is far from it, the government basically runs and controls everything. Fahrenheit 451 really unfolds when Montag begins to take books for himself. His wife is terrified that he wants to keep the books. She is afraid that her house will be burned by the firemen, but Montag is a fireman, but does this make him able to read books? Things become more interesting when he is caught with a plethora of books in his home. Deon, Carlos, Juan, Cody (12th grade)

Fahrenheit 451 Audiobook

I bought this for my English 10 class and we used it to begin our reading. It matches the novel perfectly and allowed us to stop and discuss often!

farenheit 451- a readers response

I think that this book was an intriguing account of what a possible future society might be like. this book, though very difficult to follow or understand at times, was one i enjoyed very much. I do not suggest this book to someone who does not agree with cursing. If you are easily offended by the d-word, G-D, or h-e-l-l then this book probably is not for you, also if you have difficulty reading such as following the flow of words then this book is not going to make it any easier on you. Speaking of being difficult to read, the end of this book is a pain, it leaves you hanging, wanting to read more but you cant because there isnt a sequel and it the book ends on a very tense moment that does not have time to cool off with.

Bradbury's classic parable on the evils of censorship

I am teaching "Fahrenheit 451" as the example of a dsytopian novel in my Science Fiction class, although it is certainly one of the most atypical of that particular type of narrative discourse. Compared to such heavy weight examples as George Orwell's "1984," Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World," Yevgeny Zamiatin's "We," Ray Bradbury's imaginative meditation on censorship seems like light reading. But the delicious irony of a world in which firemen start fires remains postent and the idea of people memorizing books so they will be preserved for future generations is compelling. Of course, there have been more documented cases of "book burning," albeit in less literal forms, since "Fahrenheit 451" was first published in 1953, so an argument can be made that while all the public debate was over how close we were the Orwellian future envisioned in "1984," it is Bradbury's little parable that may well be more realistic (especially in terms of the effects of television). The novel is based on a short story, "The Fireman," that Bradbury published in "Galaxy Science Fiction" in 1951 and then expanded into "Fahrenheit 451" two years later. However, those who have studied Bradbury's writings caw trace key elements back to a 1948 story "Pillar of Fire" and the "Usher II" story from his 1950 work "The Martian Chronicles." Beyond that, there is the historical record of the Nazis burning books in 1933. The story is of a future world in which everyone understands that books are for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montage is a fireman who has been happy in his work for ten years, but suddenly finds himself asking questions when he meets a teenage girl and an old professor. "Fahrenheit 451" is not only about censorship, but also about the inherent tension in advanced societies between knowledge and ignorance. Reading this novel again I am reminded about Pat Paulsen's editorial on the old "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (a series well acquainted with the perils of censorship) about how we might enjoy freedom of speech in this country but we do not enjoy freedom of hearing because "there is always the danger of something being said." Censorship, in practical terms, is the effort of those who do not want others to hear what they find offensive, for whatever reasons, basically because it leads to people thinking thoughts they do not want them to be thinking. Through the rambling diatribes of Captain Beatty, Bradbury makes this point quite clear to his readers. Even though this is essentially a novella, Bradbury's work retains the charm of a short story. The recurring use of animal imagery throughout the story, the use of the mythic ideas of the salamander and the phoenix, make "Fahrenheit 451" more poetic than any other dystopian work. Even if it is predominantly a one note argument regarding censorship, it is impossible to deny that Bradbury makes a clear and convincing case for his position. Besides, there is something to be said for

Fiction? Really?

"Fahrenheit 451" is a simply great book. Yes, it's quite distressing and unpleasant to read - because what Bradbury describes is much closer to truth than we'd like it to be. And that is precisely what makes the reality of the book so alike our own - it's more pleasant not to think about such things, and therefore one can merely say the book doesn't suit one's taste and go 'get entertained' in front of the TV.The disturbing thing about the book is that, unlike many other books that deal with the distant future, "Fahrenheit 451" (written in 1953) hasn't been proved wrong simply by time itself. Not at all. Actually, what is shocking to realize is that we've come quite close to the society Bradbury writes about. Perhaps books haven't been banned yet, but it is indeed the entertainment industry that controls people's minds, the political correctness has reached ridiculous levels, there are ads everywhere and now we even have Segways so that we don't have to walk anywhere... And, of course, we can get a thousand page long classics shortened to a hundred pages - or, better yet, simply watch the movie.The book also has other qualities besides making one think (which is, judging by some other reviews, one of its biggest downsides). One cannot but admire the brilliant way Bradbury uses absurd and creates a completely surreal feeling by using the methods of expressionism to describe the feelings and thoughts of the main character. Bradbury sure had things to write about - and that can be proved by even something as simple as the fact I've spent the last half an hour writing a review on the Internet rather than reading a good book or looking at the world...

Fahrenheit 451 Mentions in Our Blog

Fahrenheit 451 in Beers and Books
Beers and Books
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • July 06, 2020

We can't go to any actual beer fests this year, but we can imagine the ideal scene. And, of course, it would be filled with some of our favorite beer-loving authors from history. While we're at it, let’s throw in a few of their iconic characters. Join us on fantasy dates with five authors who found inspiration while imbibing.

Fahrenheit 451 in Happy Birthday Mr. Bradbury!
Happy Birthday Mr. Bradbury!
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • August 21, 2019

On the eve of what would have been Ray Bradbury's 99th birthday, we celebrate the prolific author who passed away in 2012. A largely self-educated man, Bradbury wrote more than 30 books and close to 600 short stories.

Fahrenheit 451 in In Honor of Banned Books Week, Let's Ban Banning Books Once and for All
In Honor of Banned Books Week, Let's Ban Banning Books Once and for All
Published by Beth Clark • September 24, 2018

Okay, maybe we can’t eliminate censorship (yet...#goals), but we can celebrate Banned Books Week with gusto by reading all of the stories that someone (or someones) tried to silence, destroy, or restrict access to. Here are 50 of the most frequently banned and/or most recently challenged books, along with the "who, why, and how" of literary censorship in America.

Fahrenheit 451 in Name a Book That Needs a Different Ending
Name a Book That Needs a Different Ending
Published by Bianca Smith • April 09, 2018
You spend hours reading a book, but sometimes the ending just doesn't live up to expectations.
Fahrenheit 451 in How We Choose Books as Gifts
How We Choose Books as Gifts
Published by Bianca Smith • February 14, 2018

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