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Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 : the authorized adaptation /

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 : the authorized adaptation /
Graphic Novel
Hamilton, Tim.
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A graphic novel interpretation of the genre master's classic dystopian work is a visual translation of the story of career fireman Guy Montag's awakening to the dark aspects of government-controlled thought and the value of philosophy, theology, and literature.
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Control No. 644480
LCCN 2009004804
ISBN 9780809051007 (alk. paper)
ISBN 0809051001 (alk. paper)
ISBN 9780809051014 (pbk.)
ISBN 080905101X (pbk.)
Author Hamilton Tim
Title Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 : -- the authorized adaptation / -- Tim Hamilton ; introduction by Ray Bradbury.
Edition Statement 1st ed.
Publisher Information New York : -- Hill and Wang, -- 2009.
Physical Description viii, 148 p. : -- chiefly col. ill. ; -- 24 cm.
General Note "A novel graphic from Hill and Wang."
Formatted Contents Note The hearth and the salamander -- The sieve and the sand -- Burning bright.
Summary 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. --from publisher description
Subject Book burning Comic books strips etc
Subject Totalitarianism Comic books strips etc
Subject Graphic novels
Alternate Author Bradbury Ray 1920 2012




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Annotation 1 A graphic novel interpretation of the genre master's classic dystopian work is a visual translation of the story of career fireman Guy Montag's awakening to the dark aspects of government-controlled thought and the value of philosophy, theology, and literature.

Annotation 2

“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.

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 reviews (4)


Booklist Reviews 2009 July #1
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. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2009 April #2
A graphic novel that even those who don't read graphic novels will love, this visualization of Bradbury's classic looks bold, bright, and almost too hot to handle. Even better: Hamilton, a noted artist who's been all over the map, worked directly with the sf legend. With a reading group guide. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

PW Reviews 2009 July #2

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)

[Page 41]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

SLJ Reviews 2009 September

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

[Page 192]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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 author biography


Ray Bradbury is a multiple-award-winning novelist, short-story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and poet.Tim Hamilton has produced art for The New York Times Book Review, Cicada magazine, King Features, BOOM Studios, Mad Magazine, and ACT-I-VATE. He most recently adapted Robert Louis Stevenson’sTreasure Island into a graphic novel for Puffin Graphics.



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