|FICTION / Classics
|FICTION / Literary
|FICTION / Science Fiction / General
|Simon & Schuster
|8.43in x 5.50in x 0.90in
|From The Publisher*
|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 rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family." But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn't live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
|From The Publisher*
|At the top and bottom of the world are enormous areas of...nothing. Virtually no life exists in the frozen wastelands of the North and South Poles. However, the human spirit of adventure and discoveryto say nothing of the desire to tap into natural resourcesled people to try and conquer the icy lands. Inside, read about the courageous and daring explorers who first opened up the poles to scientific discovery. Then see how the worlds nations have worked together not only to find out more about the polar regions, but to work together to protect them.
|"Brilliant . . . Startling and ingenious . . . Mr. Bradbury's account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating." -Orville Prescott, The New York Times
|"A masterpiece . . . A glorious American classic everyone should read: It's life-changing if you read it as a teen, and still stunning when you reread it as an adult." -Alice Hoffman, The Boston Globe
|"The sheer lift and power of a truly original imagination exhilarates . . . His is a very great and unusual talent." -Christopher Isherwood, Tomorrow
|"One of this country's most beloved writers . . . A great storyteller, sometimes even a mythmaker, a true American classic." -Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
|Ray Bradbury(1920–2012) was the author of more than three dozen books, includingFahrenheit 451,The Martian Chronicles,The Illustrated Man, andSomething Wicked This Way Comes, as well as hundreds of short stories. He wrote for the theater, cinema, and TV, including the screenplay for John Huston'sMoby Dickand the Emmy Award–winning teleplayThe Halloween Tree, and adapted for television sixty-five of his stories forThe Ray Bradbury Theater. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and numerous other honors.