Renee Conoulty: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

Hey! Here's my review.

A dystopian novel written in the 1950's, telling the tale of a world where telling a tale is forbidden. Independent thought is suppressed and books are burned. The main character is a fireman, whose job is not to put out fires, but to start them. 

The story is told like a stream of consciousness, the main character rambling on as he begins to question the way things are done. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tim Robbins. It was a quick read, and many of the concepts are still relevant today.


  • Where: Borrowbox
  • Format: audiobook
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