Thursday, January 8

Book Review: Fahrenheit 451

Title: Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Pages: 179

Summary: The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight run or the joy of watching the pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do. . . .


My Rating: 9/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I loved this book, I couldn’t put it down. I spent a total of three hours or less reading this book. Sadly at times I did put it down, but it was hard to leave it. The pages just grabbed me and held me in. Bradbury, has a great talent to do that. I love dystopian lit, because there is so much parallels you can connect to society today, or create what ifs. This is no exception, and the theme here is something, any book lover shudders to even think about, book burning. Imagine a society without books? What would people like me do?

The book address a lot of issues, including how, with the lack of books, the inability to read, society losses it’s ability to think, it’s ability to imagine, and ask questions. In the story, no one asks, they all just do the “hows” not the “whys”. They do their day to day lives, appearing as emotionless, humans, who don’t know what life really is, and all because books and reading have been eliminated from society, preventing them from asking, feeling. I just ate the whole idea up while flipping through the pages. He had great use of words to describe his character, especially Montag, who begins to realize, his life isn’t what it should be.

I have to say, it was supsenceful near the end, when you aren’t sure what will happen, and I liked and disliked the ending where you’re never sure what will happen. There is one more thing I disliked about the book, but to give it away, will spoil it for those who have never read the book, but to those who have, know exactly what I’m talking about.

Also, reading this, you see so many parallels with how society is a slave to TV, reality TV and all those shows that make you forgot to ask the why? It’s very interesting to seeing the similarities that he briefly touches upon fifty years ago, in today’s society.

Overall a fantastic read. (Which has put me in a dystopian fiction mood, making me run out to my library and picking up three more dystopian themed books, which are in my 999 Challenge Dystopain Lit category! Oryx and Crake, Brave New World, Clockwork Orange!) Also, the hound, is creepy. Very, very creepy.

Would I recommend it to read: I would highly recommend this book. There is so much to get out of it, not to mention, it’s very well written, it captures the reader in, with a fantastic style of writing and ability to set the tone.

What to read next: 1984, The Giver, Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, Oryx and Crake. I've read both 1984 and The Giver and both share a lot of different themes with this book, and they're are both some of my favourite books.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, Casual Classics Challenge, A - Z Challenge, NaJuReMoNoMo, New Author Challenge, RYOB Challenge (Links to my Lists)

6 comments:

  1. Great review. I finally listened to this on cd last year. I didn't like it quite as much as you did, but it may have something to do with hearing it instead of reading it.
    Glad you got the first one done in the RYOB challenge!

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  2. I love this one. I should read it again sometime.

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  3. Wonderful review of an AMAZING book. I read it last year for a lit class and much of what you touched on is what we discussed in class. Did you know Bradbury claims the book is much more about the way television has changed society rather than censorship, which many poeple believe it is about. It is so erie how many similarities you can find between Bradbury's fictional society and today.

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  4. I read about that in the back of the book in an interview with him. He talked of how society is a slave to reality tv and educational systems are failing children (in so many words)

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  5. One of my favorite books. The thought of a world without books makes my stomach hurt. You have a great way with words, and give thoughtful and interesting reviews. Great blog! I am linking your blog to mine, hope you don't mind!!

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  6. I'm glad you enjoyed the review, and no problem about linking me to your blog. :)

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