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Fahrenheit, 451

Bradbury, Ray

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ISBN 10: 0812415558 / ISBN 13: 9780812415551
Published by Perfection Learning, 1976
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Perfection Learning Very Good Mass Market Paperback. This looks like a mass market - Ballantine Publishing with laminated cover, bright and clean,spine heed bumped,lower corner scuff.A classic science-fiction. The story is the system which was understood by everyone, books were for burning, everyone was hooked up what 'thimble radios' essentially smartphones. Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think - and then Guy Montag realized the wrongness of what he was doing. Logan, IA: Perfection Learning, 1976 later printing. 4.25in x 7.25in tall; 179pp. with Afterword. Bookseller Inventory # 54967

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Title: Fahrenheit, 451

Publisher: Perfection Learning

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit, in a chilling novel of a frightening near-future world.

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In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal--a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, "Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs.... Don't give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."

Guy Montag is a book-burning fireman undergoing a crisis of faith. His wife spends all day with her television "family," imploring Montag to work harder so that they can afford a fourth TV wall. Their dull, empty life sharply contrasts with that of his next-door neighbor Clarisse, a young girl thrilled by the ideas in books, and more interested in what she can see in the world around her than in the mindless chatter of the tube. When Clarisse disappears mysteriously, Montag is moved to make some changes, and starts hiding books in his home. Eventually, his wife turns him in, and he must answer the call to burn his secret cache of books. After fleeing to avoid arrest, Montag winds up joining an outlaw band of scholars who keep the contents of books in their heads, waiting for the time society will once again need the wisdom of literature.

Bradbury--the author of more than 500 short stories, novels, plays, and poems, including The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man--is the winner of many awards, including the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. Readers ages 13 to 93 will be swept up in the harrowing suspense of Fahrenheit 451, and no doubt will join the hordes of Bradbury fans worldwide. --Neil Roseman

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