Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kirkus Review

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation
Tim Hamilton
Hill and Wang/Farrar, Straus and Giroux / August / 9780809051007 / $30.00
For the first time, readers will experience the visual spectacle of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel, boldly illustrated by
Tim Hamilton (Treasure Island: The Graphic Novel, 2005, etc.). With a stamp of approval from Bradbury, who wrote
the introduction, Hamilton creates an eerie adaptation with a dramatic use of color that makes flames leap off the page.
“I’ve loved Bradbury since I first read A Sound of Thunder in seventh grade,” says Hamilton. “I wanted to adapt
Fahrenheit 451 as a modern-day fable, so I avoided using that ‘hyper-real’ look that’s popular in comics today. The story
takes place in an unnamed city and an unknown time period, so I wanted the art to reflect that ambiguity.” While
Hamilton is justifiably proud of his achievement, he also hopes the book will bring readers full-circle to Bradbury’s
body of work. “For all the hoopla about this book, I can’t improve on Ray’s story,” he says. “This is a different
animal. I hope that if younger people read this book as their first taste of Bradbury, they will seek out his other works
too. I hope they’ll take away what art and literature, in all its forms, have to offer.”

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