TITLE: Fahrenheit 451
AUTHOR: Ray Bradbury
GENRES: Classics, Fiction, Science Fiction
PUBLISHED: August 4th 2008
PUBLISHER: Harper Voyager
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
The classic novel of a post-literature future, Fahrenheit 451 stand alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.
Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a classic of twentieth-century literature which over fifty years from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.
WHAT I THINK
They walked still further and the girl said, ‘Is it true that long ago firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?’
‘No. Houses have always been fireproof, take my word for it.’
‘Strange. I heard once that a long time ago houses used to burn by accident and they needed firemen to stop the flames.’
Guy Montag is one of the firemen who’s called to burn every forbidden books someone is still hiding. He likes his job until the very days he meet Clarisse, the young girl next door whose family is different from the others. They talk, they laugh. Clarisse manages to get Guy think differently. Are they really doing the right thing burning all the books and even people among the books?
When Guy hears that Clarisse is dead and her family has moved away and after the fire they started where they killed a lady with everything else, he starts acting differently. He doesn’t want to be a fireman anymore, he wants to read books, he wants to learn.
Guy tracks down an old acquaintance of his whom he remembers that he met sometime ago and they put their minds together to start ‘a war’ to save the books and stop the firemen. Do they succeed? What happens to everyone? Does Guy get caught with books in his house?
I really enjoyed this book. Especially I liked Clarisse and I’m a bit sad that she wasn’t part of the story for long. She also reminded me about Luna from Harry Potter. I think they are quite like each other. I think she would have accomplished great things if only she would have stayed alive.
Even though Guy is the main character, I didn’t like him as much as I liked Clarisse. I feel like his mind changed too fast and even then he wasn’t really sure what he really thinks is right, what he should do and is he acting on his own or still following someone else’s orders. Though he did make up his mind eventually, it felt like he still dwelt in the past too much.
I had great time reading this book but the ending left me hanging. I guess it’s supposed to be for the reader to decide what happens in the future but I was left to grave more. I want to know exactly what happens but that’s just me. There were also parts when I got a little confused with who’s talking/thinking when it suddenly changed from third person to first person. Otherwise this book was truly enjoyable!
It’s a horrible world indeed, without books and if you have any of those, they will come and burn them and your house too. But why wouldn’t it be possible for something like this to happen? With all the electronics developing all the time?
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