Greenwich Reads Together
GREENWICH READS TOGETHER 2019
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Sixty years after its original publication, Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 stands as a classic of world literature set in a future totalitarian state where the written word is forbidden. Today, its message has grown more relevant than ever before. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the house in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family”. But when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people don’t live in fear and a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television, Guy begins to question everything he has ever known.
Two thematically related companion books for younger readers were also announced: Ban this Book by Alan Gratz for middle school readers and Hands Around the Library, Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books by Susan L. Roth for elementary school readers.
GRT Author, Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet. Fahrenheit 451 (published in 1953) is considered to be Bradbury’s masterpiece; other works include The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man. Ray Bradbury has been awarded the O.Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.