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Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

11 reviews

zivareads's review against another edition

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challenging dark reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

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gabriella_'s review against another edition

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dark sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

I enjoyed the writing style a lot. The visual symbolism throughout was easy to paint a picture, and the way the words flowed was satisfying. But the actual message felt pretentious, considering the only two prominent women in this are a manic pixie dream girl (a teenager at that) and a ditzy housewife? No thanks.

How do you get so empty? He wondered. Who takes it out of you? 

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m_h_top's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25

This book was wonderful. The writing style is so beautiful, and the message is really important. If you don't like slower books, I may not recommend it, but Fahrenheit 451 is so well written that maybe it's pacing doesn't matter in the end.
Some great quotes: 
- "Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore." (Pg 82)
- "You sound so very old." "Sometimes I'm ancient. I'm afriad of children my own age." (27)
- "He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details of the land. He was not empty." (138) 

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dalek_caan's review against another edition

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

1.25

Overall I found this book boring, repetitive, and lacking a coherent message. I understand that this book cannot be looked at through a modern lens, but even so I fail to see why it is so highly regarded and often included in academic curriculum. I would definitely recommend reading 1984 instead if one is looking for a better story in a similar vein from the same era. 

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lotus440's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad tense fast-paced

4.0


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frogeatingsoup's review against another edition

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dark reflective tense fast-paced

4.75


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outsmartyourshelf's review against another edition

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

Guy Montag is a fireman, but in his world, firemen start fires rather than extinguish them. His job is to rid the world of the last vestiges of literature by burning the houses of people found to possess the contraband items. His wife, Mildred (Millie), is obsessed with TV programmes & listening to never-ending noise on her earbuds, but doesn't want to question why this makes her unhappy. Montag also doesn't question what he does or how they live until he meets, Clarisse (early Manic Pixie Dream Girl alert!!), a young teenage neighbour who talks about things that Montag never really thought about before. When Clarisse disappears, Montag spirals into behaviour that will ultimately threaten his marriage, his job, & even his life.

Finally got around to reading this one folks, & it's...OK. I wasn't blown away by it as I found the characters all a bit hard to like or empathise with. The female characters especially are very thinly drawn, with Clarisse & Millie nowhere near being fully fleshed characters who the reader can care about. There's quite a bit of casual cruelty (treatment of animals, & the car full of young people who try to run Montag over just for fun), especially the killing of an innocent man just for ratings. To me, the author is trying to say a lot about censorship, apathy, & the dumbing down of standards, but it gets lost in the overly florid writing style. 2.5 stars (rounded up to 3 on sites which don't allow half star ratings). 

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jkpiowa's review against another edition

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challenging dark informative reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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maddie_is_literate's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

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gabrielareads's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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