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A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories Paperback – August 2, 2011
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“An essential addition to the bookshelf of every Bradbury fan, the collection is also accessible to curious readers with a taste for the dark, the strange and the macabre.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
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Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literature—a chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradbury’s darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand master’s landmark novel. Classic, thematically interrelated stories alongside many crucial lesser-known ones—including, at the collection’s heart, the novellas “Long After Midnight” and “The Fireman”—A Pleasure to Burn is an indispensable companion to the most powerful work of America’s preeminent storyteller, a wondrous confirmation of the inimitable Bradbury’s brilliance, magic . . . and fire.
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But this collection is a bit like peeking behind the magician's curtain. Even worse, although all the stories here relate to Fahrenheit 451 - or at least the concepts in it - they are not all stories that pre-date F451, but you would never know that without some detective work (such as reviewer Mark S has done). This book is a cut down version of something else, and although it’s a lot cheaper, its also a lot less. Also, rather than echoes and reflections popping up from time to time, this is more like being beaten over the head with the same stuff time and again.
The other thing you should be aware of, before you buy this book, is that "The Fireman" and "Long After Midnight" are pretty much the same tale, with minor textual differences, and the only ones that might be significant are at the end. And, of course, if you have read F451, then there is not a lot of need to read either novella, but presumably you know that already. I certainly did not mind reading the tale again once, in a shorter version, or even then reading it over again, but I was a little miffed at how a supposedly different version was really almost entirely the same.
So, for all my complaining, its still pretty good. Not a lot is new, or even rare, and Bradbury on the same theme without a break is not quite as good as a madcap anthology jumping around seemingly at random: but its still Bradbury.
Fahrenheit 451 is still a really powerful piece on self-censorship, and this collection certainly makes you think. But if I had my time over again, perhaps I'd just go and read F451 again instead.
_A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories_ (2011) is a collection of thirteen "source" stories to _Fahrenheit 451_, plus three bonus stories from a later chapbook. They are stories that reflect Bradbury's love of books and art, his hatred of censorship and book burning, and his antipathy towards conformist dystopias. Bradbury prefers the madman out of the House of Usher to the sane conformist who rigidly follows the rules.
Let us start with the two stories most directly related to the novel, the two "Montag" novellas, "Long After Midnight" (_Eros_, 1963) and "The Fireman" (_Galaxy_, 1952). They are obvious "first drafts" of the novel and are clearly similar to one another.Read more ›
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If you've ever read Fahrenheit 451 then this book is a must!! This book expands upon Fahrenheit 451 by giving you short stories before Fahrenheit 451 and short stories after... Read morePublished 6 months ago by O. Reyna