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Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation Paperback – July 21, 2009
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"Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn ’em to ashes, then burn the ashes." For Guy Montag, a career fireman for whom kerosene is perfume, this is not just an official slogan. It is a mantra, a duty, a way of life in a tightly monitored world where thinking is dangerous and books are forbidden.
In 1953, Ray Bradbury envisioned one of the world's most unforgettable dystopian futures, and in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the artist Tim Hamilton translates this frightening modern masterpiece into a gorgeously imagined graphic novel. 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.
Including an original foreword by Ray Bradbury and fully depicting the brilliance and force of his canonic and beloved masterwork, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is an exceptional, haunting work of graphic literature.
Look Inside This Stunning Adaptation of Fahrenheit 451
In the panels below, fireman Guy Montag returns home after a night of burning books and encounters Clarice, a teenager who changes his life.
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Tim Hamilton and the folks at Hill and Wang, with the blessing of Ray Bradbury, who writes the introduction to the book, have produces a beautiful and well crafted retelling of the classic story that is both true to the original and able to stand on its own.
For those unfamiliar with the story, Guy Montag is a fireman, only in his world firemen don't put out fires, they start them. Books are banned and are the target of the firemen's activity. One day, Montag meets a person who intrigues him with her joie de vivre. He has never met anyone so alive and vibrant and he wonders why. He also begins to look at his own life and realizes he is not happy, that there is something missing. The rest of the tale revolves around his struggle to find meaning in a sterile, inoffensive world where everything is brought down to a common denominator of homogeneous agreeability. I won't spoil your enjoyment by revealing more than that.
Those of us who know the story well will note a few details are missing from this adaptation. Like when a movie is made, in this graphic novel it appears that some details of the written story were sacrificed to enable a cleaner telling in the new medium. Again, to avoid spoilers I won't mention here what has been left out, but I will say that the overall structure and message remain intact and the story does not suffer from the loss. Instead, those who move from this as an initial taste will find the book richer and even more enjoyable.
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For starters, the GN is true to the original material but takes all the artistic liberties it is afforded. This does not dilute, affect or pollute the original message in any form or manner. The art is definitely eye catching and impressive. Tim Hamilton has done an excellent job in that regard. My only qualm against the GN adaptation is that it is too dark. Agreed the source material is dark and deserves the treatment from the artist but I would have liked to see a little more color- maybe contrast the few pleasant scenes with the otherwise grim situations in the story. I see why the artist colored it the way he did and I am sure there may be a lot more readers who like this approach better.
All in all, definitely a buy from a F451 fan.
This 2009 graphic novel was authorized by Ray Bradbury, and illustrated by artist Tim Hamilton. It’s a very good adaptation of the original book. It does a great job of taking the novel and boiling it down to a nice length. Also, the illustration work is stark, with rather washed-out colors, which is definitely in keeping the dark feeling that permeates the novel.
If you want to understand Fahrenheit 451, but really don’t want to read the entire novel, then this is a very good way to do so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic. I miss Ray. Story is about either the rise of TV or the demonization of comic books in the early 50's. Real culture will endure.Published 22 days ago by Herbert C. Meyer
Fahrenheit 451 by Tim Hamilton , This is a fictional book, it has a 160 pages of fun reading in the book. This book was published by Hill and Wang in July 21,2009. Read morePublished 3 months ago by taron hamilton
Beautiful illustrations and just like the book. Absolutely amazing, used it for a fine arts projectPublished 7 months ago by Rebekah
This book is not about censorship, its about people getting offended at content
As perfect for our modern times as it was for Bradbury's
Authorized by Bradbury, and with introductory comments by him, this is an exceptional comics rendering of the modern classic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by wiredweird
I enjoyed this novel. I have been looking for a visual representation of 451 for many years. Please, do not mention the movie. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Patrick J O'Donnell