Published in 1953 it was amazingly prescient about the future. Now 50 years on, people do have wall sized (or nearly) televisions, devices to fit in the ear and listen to music or converse with other people. Thankfully we are still allowed to read books! But in Bradbury’s tale of the future books are banned, they get people too riled up. Those caught harboring the written word are arrested and their books destroyed. Guy Montag is a fireman, his job to destroy books; houses are now sheathed in unburnable plastic so firemen start fires, with books, rather than put them out. He doesn’t’ think much about his role in the world or his personal happiness or lack thereof. Until one night he meets Clarissa, a young neighbor, who does think about these things, she challenges Guy’s complacency and a friendship forms. With Clarisse he talks, has real conversations that leave him unsettled. Mildred, Guy’s wife, spends her days staring at their walls of television, her moods adjusted by pharmaceuticals. A traumatic event on a call that gets out of hand tips Guy over the edge, he starts questioning his role and trying to find the answers in forbidden books.— Deon Stonehouse
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.