Book Review | Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

13259307TITLE: Fahrenheit 451
: Ray Bradbury
: October 1, 1953
: Sci Fi, Dystopia, Modern Classic
: 227

First published in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s timeless classic portrays a not-so-distant future in which literature is outlawed.  Guy Montag is a fireman, but instead of putting out fires his team is responsible for burning books.  A chance encounter and one impulsive act of rebellion are enough to change his world forever.

A book is a loaded gun in the house next door.  Burn it.  Take the shot from the weapon.  Breach man’s mind.  Who knows who might be the target of the well-read mind?  – page 77

A world without books is frighteningly easy to imagine.  In Fahrenheit 451, life revolves around mindless entertainment – everyone is happy so long as they don’t think too hard.  Owning a book or simply saying too much are acts of high treason with terrible consequences.  However, Bradbury reminds us that questioning our existence by asking “why?” is what makes life meaningful.

This book is full of vivid descriptions and metaphors.  Besides being beautifully written, its punchy plot and tense pace make it a captivating read.  Booklovers and writers will adore how this book praises the power of literature.

Do you know why books such as this are so important?  Because they have quality … This book has pores.  It has features.  This book can go under the microscope.  You’ll find life under the glass streaming past in infinite profusion.  The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more “literary” you are.  That’s my definition, anyway.  Telling details.  Fresh detail.  The good writers touch life often – page 108

It’s easy to see why Fahrenheit 451 appears on so many school and university set lists.  This book demands discussion, and to be passed down to new readers.  It will captivate and stimulate you.  

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