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Oct 22: Classics Revisited

Classics Revisited

Where:  Henry Ford Centennial Library – Second Floor Ford Collection Room
When:  7:00 – 8:00 pm

Marco Polo Travels - 08 - Bk Adventures

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear, and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide, and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to the torch.


September 17
Travels of Marco Polo

October 22
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Fourth Wednesday)

November 19
The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

December 17
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque


January 21
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

February 18
Autobiography of Malcolm X

March 18
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

April 15
The Birds by Aristophanes

May 20
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

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