Sep 26 2009 1:33pm

Fahrenheit 451 Part 1 (Excerpt)

Ray Bradbury and Tim Hamilton

Today, in celebration of the start of Banned Books Week, is pleased to offer the first part of Tim Hamilton’s graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, published by Hill & Wang. Including a new foreword by Bradbury himself, the graphic adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 is a striking work of art that expertly captures the now-classic story of Guy Montag’s awakening to the dangers of censorship. Fahrenheit 451 remains a very relevant book today, and this graphic adaptation is sure to introduce this seminal work to new readers. Starting this Tuesday and every Tuesday over the next four weeks, will post the entire work, for your reading pleasure.

In addition to the hardcover and trade paperback editions, Hill & Wang has also put together a pretty cool iPhone app version, which is worth checking out. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing some video interviews with Bradbury himself, where he talks about the journey of his novel from prose to panel, and we’ve also got some nifty Fahrenheit 451-related giveaways planned, so keep an eye out.

In the meantime, enjoy the read!

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Elizabeth Genco
1. elizabethgenco

This is one of the most beautiful books I've seen in a while. Was pleased to watch it unfold (my hubby Leland shares a studio with Tim) and nearly passed out when I saw the finished product.

So cool that it's appearing here now!
2. Dankness
Isn't it a little ironic to make a comic out of a novel in which comics are the only kind of books allowed?
james loyd
3. gaijin

Remember that when the novel was published comics were not considered legitimate literature. In fact, many thought them to be harmful to readers because they stunted intellect.

The Ten Cent Plague by David Hajdu is a good history of early comic controversies in case anyone is interested.
4. bkLover
Thank you, Mr. Bradbury for releasing the ghosts of the earlier Ray and for your generosity in sharing this version of your work.

The book I would memorize to save from the flames is "The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment" by Tsong-Kha-Pa, a 12th century Tibetan Buddhist monk and philospher. Why? Because it contains a complete philosophy along with practical applications of ways to stretch and train the mind with the goal of experiencing true compassion for all living things and of achieving the wisdom to fully grasp that nothing is eternal.

Because it has helped so many in the past to improve their understanding, outlook, and way of living it is reasonable to assume it will continue to do so in the future if it is preserved.

It is interesting to note that, in fact, many monks have memorized this and similar texts to prevent their loss. It is a good thing they did so because in 1959 Chinese government firemen arrived in Tibet and burned all the classics they could find.
John Bivens
5. John_Bivens
Tim's work is really amazing, I love the fact that I can find this here.

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