Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Posted November 21, 2015 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Published by Simon and Schuster on January 10th 2012
Genres: Classics, Literary, Science Fiction
Pages: 159
Format: Audiobook
Source: Own
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Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

Quick Thoughts

I loved this book as a teen, and felt the same way as an adult.  It’s a super fast read/listen.

This world terrified me as a teen. I couldn’t imagine a world without books.  Where if you had them, you would be punished.  This world still scares me. Books are my escape, and they make me question things.  I think that is why F451 resonated me with so much then and now. I still love books.

The girl that Montag meets at the very beginning is the catalyst to everything else that happens.  He begins to wonder about happiness, and if he should be asking more questions.  And will those questions lead to danger for him, and those around him.

As I was listening, I kept thinking about the similarities between this book and the movie Idiocracy.  Technology is a great thing, but it can also hinder the curiosity that you should keep throughout your life.

I can’t wait until the kids are older so I can share this book with them.
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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I’m a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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