Literary Mumblings

A few words about the books I’ve read…

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Posted by Amanda on May 4, 2009

fahrenheit451A classic tale.  The story of a fireman – a man whose job it is to burn books.  Because society has grown past them.

Fahrenheit 451 is just one of those amazing classic books that you are always told that you have to read and is, amazingly, as good as everyone says, if not better. I choose to read it during the Read-A-Thon because it was a small book but it is also very interesting and it sort of grabs a hold of you and doesn’t let go.

For those of you who have not yet heard of this book, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is about Guy Montag, who works as a fireman in the not-so-distant future. The job of a fireman in this dystopian novel is to start fires where books have been found and Montag is fond of his job but a new neighbor, a teenage girl who is different from everyone else he has ever met, begins to make him question things.

One of the most interesting factors for me was the history of how books came to be banned. Minorities would object to the text of one book and another minority would object to the text of something else and soon, books had to be censored to make people happy. Because that was the only important thing – that people were happy. Please the minority at any cost. And so society banned books and the firemen only enforced that ban.

Even outside of that interesting meditation on society, this is an amazing book. There were some slower parts but all of it comes together wonderfully. This books has earned the respect of people everywhere and there is a reason. If you haven’t read it, go. Get yourself to a bookstore (or a library) and read this one. It won’t take you long and you won’t regret it.



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