I actually read Fahrenheit 451 in a few days in Cairns a month or so back, after my boyfriend let me steal it from his bookshelves. This book is one of those classics I’ve always wanted to read – it seemed inappropriate that I hadn’t gotten around to it yet.
The concept of the book is pretty fascinating (if a little scary to book lovers!) – set in a future where televisions come three or four walls of your living room in size, and interact with you as if you’re family, there is no longer demand for books. In fact, they are outlawed due to their ‘dangerous’ content. Houses have long been fire-proofed too, so now the role of firefighters is to light fires, rather than to extinguish them. Specifically, they light fires with illegal books.
Guy Montag is a fireman and his job is to burn these forbidden books. He becomes fed up with his superficial society that has no appreciation for literature, knowledge, or the nature. This only intensifies when he makes the acquaintance of a new neighbour, seventeen-year-old Clarisse McClellan, who questions everything about Montag’s world.
Montag begins stowing books away and secretly starts to read them. Anyone could turn him in – his boss, his colleagues, his wife… The world that opens up to him might just be worth the risk.
If you’ve been getting a little too lost in your phone lately, or you can’t believe how quickly you got through TWO SEASONS OF SHERLOCK, pick up this book and remind yourself of how much you love reading!
2 thoughts on “Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury”
I love how Bradbury changed the term “fireman” by making it apply to those who set fires rather than extinguish them. The idea of everyone watching his flight to the woods on their television screens is very reminiscent of how we watch police chases today. Great review and recommendation!
Totally agree! The concept of F451 points out some interesting realities about modern society. Thank you very much.
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