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Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion

When Dec 05, 2013
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Come to Decorah Public Library Thurs. Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. to discuss Ray Bradbury’s 1953 classic Fahrenheit 451.


Sixty years after its original publication, Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel stands as a classic of world literature set in a bleak dystopian future. Today its message has grown more relevant than ever before.


Guy Montag is a fireman. 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 when 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, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.


Decorah Public Library, Decorah Community Schools, Dragonfly Books, Upstart Crow Theatreworks, and the Preus Library at Luther College are joining forces with Tanya Gertz and the Luther College Center Stage Series to promote community book discussions about Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” between now and February 2014.


On February 21, 2014 the Aquila Theatre will be presenting Fahrenheit 451 as part of the Luther College Center Stage Series. With its skill at creating innovative and modern productions of great works of literature, the Aquila Theatre uses a minimal set and high-caliber performers to breathe new life into this visionary parable of a society gone awry.


Sets of book discussion books will be available for local book groups to check out at the Decorah Public Library following the Dec. 5 discussion. Books were donated by Dragonfly Books of Decorah. The Library will also screen the film adaptation of the book on Thurs. Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.


Call the Library at 382-3717 for more information or to reserve books for a book discussion group.