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Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 : the authorized adaptation




First edition.
New York : Hill and Wang, 2009.
Physical Description:
viii, 148 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A novel graphic from Hill and Wang."
The hearth and the salamander -- The sieve and the sand -- Burning bright.
"As could only occur with Bradbury's full cooperation in this authorized adaptation, Hamilton has created a striking work of art that uniquely captures Montag's awakening to the evil of government-controlled thought and the inestimable value of philosophy, theology, and literature"--Publisher description.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades 9-12 3.5 2 Quiz 155625 English fiction.


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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.

Author Notes

Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. At the age of fifteen, he started submitting short stories to national magazines. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 600 stories, poems, essays, plays, films, television plays, radio, music, and comic books. His books include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Bradbury Speaks. He won numerous awards for his works including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1977, the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. The film The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit was written by Ray Bradbury and was based on his story The Magic White Suit.

He was the idea consultant and wrote the basic scenario for the United States pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, as well as being an imagineer for Walt Disney Enterprises, where he designed the Spaceship Earth exhibition at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center. He died after a long illness on June 5, 2012 at the age of 91.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-This adaptation of Bradbury's iconic classic about the perils of censorship has an introduction by the author that is an insightful discussion of how a story can be altered even by its originator as it takes on new forms and lengths. Hamilton's moody palette and 1950s version of "the future" fit well with the original text. In keeping with the period feel, such visual details as characters' noses project personal traits. Best of all, this rendition of the endangered books themselves shows well-thumbed copies of titles by authors teens will recognize as seminal, such as Darwin and Shakespeare. This is a good crossover graphic novel for classrooms but even better as a discovery for sci/fi readers browsing the shelves.-Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

A faithful adaptation of the original, Hamilton's comics version conveys the social commentary of the novel, while using the images to develop the tone. He uses grainy, static colors and images obscured by heavy black shadows and textures to portray the oppressive nature of this world where firemen start fires instead of putting them out. Malevolent forces and danger lurk in the shadows pervading the suburban home of fireman Montag and his wife, Mildred. Montag questions the happiness of his mundane life when prodded by his strange new neighbor, a young girl named Clarisse, as well as his wife's drug overdose. This leads him to throw himself into a dangerous struggle to expose the world's hypocrisy by spreading the forbidden knowledge contained in books. The art solidifies atmospheric elements such as the fire and rain; fire, tapering and curling, is rendered into a crucial additional character. Since the original expounds the importance of valuing and preserving books and knowledge, adapting it into the comics form emphasizes the growth of the medium, as well as its potency across genres and subjects. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

It's no wonder Hamilton's comic novelization is authorized by Bradbury himself: this evocative button-pusher will almost certainly entice readers to seek out the original. Hamilton begins with the famous opener ( It was a pleasure to burn. ) and remains doggedly faithful, even when Bradbury's many-tentacled poetry threatens to strangle the action. And never again did Bradbury write such action! When Montag, the fireman whose job it is to fix forbidden libraries by reducing them to cinder, becomes enticed by the printed word, his treason unleashes no less than subterfuge, paranoia, thuggery, and even robotic killer dogs. Hamilton renders much of the story in triptych panels and moody, two-tone palettes that blot characters' features into Munch-like skulls. This mysterious and measured tone pays off during the fiery moments, when the art fractures into dazzling red sickles. An introduction by Bradbury provides insight into how this version represents a pastiche of my former lives ; here's hoping he's got a few lives left for the upcoming take on Something Wicked This Way Comes.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2009 Booklist