First published in 1953, "Fahrenheit 451" is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime
are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to
A veteran sci-fi author with side talents for poetry, plays and screenwriting,
Ray Bradbury has had a long career of provoking thought and a compelling
uneasiness in generations of readers. He lives in Los Angeles. His official
website is at www.raybradbury.com.
"Bradbury's novel details the eternal war between censorship and freedom of
thought and continues to be relevant today more than ever. In Bradbury's future,
books are illegal and happily so—citizens are too busy watching their
wall-sized televisions and listening to their in-ear 'seashell' radios to care
about the loss of good literature. Guy Montag begins the novel as a fireman who
enforces the temperature of the title—that at which books burn—but then
transforms and tries to show his society the mistake of censorship. It's a treat
to hear Bradbury read his own work, almost as if a wise elder were sharing a
cautionary tale. Sometimes the slower pace seems awkward for a novel of such
action, but overall the reading does justice to the timeless classic."
"One of the most brilliant overall jobs of social satire."
The New York Times
"Frightening in its implications...Mr. Bradbury's account of this
insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is