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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