Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

The Authorized Adaptation

Graphic Novel - 2009
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Fifty-five years ago Ray Bradbury, one of America's greatest writers, envisioned one of the world's most unforgettable dystopian futures. Thinking is dangerous; trust only the state; turn in your neighbors; and, most important, burn all books. Artist Tim Hamilton, with Bradbury, has turned this modern masterpiece into a gorgeously imagined graphic novel. The world of Guy Montag, a career fireman for whom kerosene has become perfume, has been translated by Hamilton into unforgettable full-color art that uniquely captures Montag's awakening to the evil of government-controlled thought and the inestimable value of philosophy, theology, and literature. Fully depicting the brilliance and force of Bradbury's canonic and beloved masterwork,Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451"is an exceptional, haunting work of graphic literature.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2009
Characteristics: viii, 148 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 24 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780809051007 (alk. paper)
9780809051014 (pbk.)
0809051001 (alk. paper)
Call Number: 741.5973 HAMILTON


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Nov 01, 2018

The basic tone of this story is depression and fear. The style of this graphic novel is different than others. Not many line work were used, but mainly the contrast of light and shadow, which creates horrifying and exciting scenes. While I was reading this book, I recalled the novel 1984. Similarly to 1984, Fahrenheit 451 has a tense society that everyone seems to be unconscious. In this graphic novel, people in the society against books. Firemen’s job is burning the book rather than preventing fire. It is a battle between the man and the society. The major character, Montag, and his company, Professor Faber, secretly fighting against Captain of Montage’s fire department throughout the story. However, Captain seemed to know everything like Big Brother in 1984. They have eyes everywhere—wife, neighbors, and friends. No one is trustworthy. As the old man said in the novel, books have quality, leisure, and are able to press people carrying out actions based on what people learn. To answer the question Ray Bradbury asked in the introduction, I would say that I want to protect On the Origin of Species. Darwin's theory revealed that all species are connected, that other species are as special as human. Human can’t put themselves distinct from other species, because they are part of the nature and evolution. All in all, it is a dystopian world where conscious people are eager to protect what they believed in.
@Fancraft of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 22, 2016

Even though I'm not really a fan of graphic novels, I felt this was a timely and good version of Fahrenheit 451. In this day of too much, entertainment media, we need to heed its warning and not stop reading--and seeking knowledge. Great book for Summer Reading/Break.

Jun 18, 2016

Many of us read Fahrenheit 451 in high school. I couldn't remember it many decades later. Tim Hamilton brought it back to life in his authorized adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian science fiction novel from 1953.
No relaxation, here, in Hamilton’s rendition. No joy. No hope. Yet hope, all be it slight: And its tinder is a surprising child whose sheer innocence raises wonder in that cynical, hopeless, everyman, adult mind bent over by suppression and ignorance.
Clarisse, a 17-year old girl, has that effect on Guy Montag, a fireman, who burns rather than saves lives from fires. Burns to snuff out hope, wonder, joy. And Clarisse, in her innocence, enflames his wonder while, at the same time, Guy’s wife, Mildred, overdoses on a drug meant to suffocate people from that siren call to the future.
It doesn’t end well for Clarisse or Mildred. Guy, on the other hand, repents, changes, hopes, and faces a frightful world.
Bradbury foresaw the present 21st century. Hamilton brings it to life in his fire-engine red and black drawings, his depictions of fire, desolation, and anonymity. Two-dimensional, woodcut style squelches intimacy, as well.
Although not graphically bloody, the book creates in an aura of fear and foreboding. I recommend it.

Oct 18, 2012

How ironic...."It didn't come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time, you are allowed to read comics, the good old confessions, or trade journals."

Missumuch Jul 02, 2012

I love the movie best. Through my college teacher, Mr. Bradbury sent me an autographed copy which I treasure. But I love the movie, the first time seeing when I was 8, and I love the French director Truffau anyway so it was all heaven to me. My mother was a Ph Beta Kappa and a librarian, so because of her influence it shook me up as a child to see books burned, and by 4th grade I even had memorized my own 3 books just in case:" Dairy of Ann Frank", "Catcher in the Rye", and "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings". All of which I could recite at will, because of this movie. Thank you, Bradbury.

unbalancedbutfair Jul 02, 2012

Well done. I the should say that I was not a huge fan of the novel though I'm glad I read it. The graphic novel does condense a lot of it without really losing much. Most importantly, the introduction to this adaptation is written by Ray Bradbury, and is well worth the read. He positsquestion: which book would you save? And that is a question that gave me pause to think. So read it if you enjoyed the novel. Read it if you don't want to read the novel. It's worth your time, for the introduction alone if nothing else.

Aug 18, 2010

An interesting adaptation of a classic; however, I still prefer the novel.

Jul 27, 2010

If you want to read Fahrenheit 451, read the novel; graphic novel format doesn't do it justice. It still boggles my mind that Bradbury allowed his book to be adapted into comic book format, given that he argues that could be the beginning of a slippery slope into disposing literature.


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