Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation (graphic novel)

book cover of Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451 Authorized Adaptation graphic novel by Tim Hamilton published by Hill and Wang
We've lost another great master of the written word, of creating stories in our heads through words on a page, with the death of author Ray Bradbury at age 91.

Among Bradbury's most noted works is Fahrenheit 451  (which he says as "four-five-one" not "four fifty-one").  It is our great good fortune as readers that he agreed to its adaptation as a graphic novel in 2009 and fully participated with artist Tim Hamilton in selecting which exact passages from the 1953 book were used in this authorized adaptation.

Yes, all the word bubbles and captions in this graphic novel are Bradbury's own, complemented perfectly by Hamilton's incandescent illustrations.

Get your hands on this great trade paperback book today at your local library or independent bookstore  and keep on reading widely - Ray would like that.

Book info: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation / Tim Hamilton and Ray Bradbury, illustrated by Tim Hamilton; with introduction by Ray Bradbury.  Hill and Wang, 2009. [Tim Hamilton's website]   [Ray Bradbury's website]    [publisher site]     [video: Ray Bradbury on his books as graphic novels 

My Recommendation:  The future sees unified thought as productive, original opinion as unpatriotic, books as divisive. The firemen burn hoarded books to keep useless emotions and original thinking from hurting society in this time of war.

Guy Montag has been a fireman for ten years. As a wandering teen in their neighborhood asks questions about happiness and why everyone drives fast to avoid seeing the flowers, Montag wonders if anyone has real conversations anymore or just watches their television walls all day and all night.

The memory of an old woman who chose to be burned along with her books haunts him now – what is in books that made her stay with them? Montag feels compelled to find out, seeking the answers in contraband books, sliding further and further from unified thought.

This intense graphic novel adaptation of the classic includes an introduction by Ray Bradbury himself, tracing the original book’s development and asking readers which one book they would choose to memorize and protect from destruction.  (One of 5,000 books recommended on Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.


  1. As I recall, comic books were one of the sources of Ray Bradbury's inspiration, so this is full circle. I'm going to go by the storage module later today and get his books out (falling-apart paperbacks) and tweet quotes from him for the next week. (First is today @sueannbowling.)

    1. You're right, Sue Ann. Bradbury mentions his love of comic books (many by name and date) in the video linked above in Book Info. He sure influenced (and will influence) a lot of readers...



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