Ray Bradbury

“The internationally popular book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, set in a grim, dystopian future, continues to be read and studied nearly 70 years after its initial release. Its message is more pertinent now than it has ever been.

The fireman is Guy Montag. His responsibility is to destroy both the homes where they are hidden and the printed book, the most illicit of all goods. When Montag returns to his boring life and his wife, Mildred, who spends the entire day with her television “family,” he never doubts the destruction and ruins his activities cause. Montag, however, starts to doubt everything he has ever known when he befriends an eccentric young neighbor named Clarisse. Clarisse introduces Montag to a past in which people didn’t live in fear and a present in which people view the world through the ideas in books rather than the mindless chatter of television.”