Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.  I’m not sure what to think about this book.  It was an interesting story, but the symbolism of what he was trying to say with it was clear.  Anyway, on to the review.

Book Stats

165 pages (paperback 50th anniversary edition)

Stand alone book

Classic/Dystopia

Characters

The book centers on Guy Montag, a fireman who’s job is to start fires, not put them out.  Early in the book he meets a young girl who causes him to change his thoughts on everything that has been existing in his life forever.  The book follows his journey through the world.

Setting

The book was originally written in 1953, and the time frame for the book was set in the 90’s or early 2000’s.  Anyway, the idea for the setting is that books are outlawed from society.  The government has a firm grip on it’s control of information and very little is given to the populace as a whole that isn’t controlled by the government.  In this way it’s very similar to George Orwell’s 1984.

Plot

The book begins with Montag at work, burning someone’s house down because they were reported to have books in their possession.  Coming as no surprise, the book quickly forces Montag to question just how right it is to continue to hold back the knowledge of the past from the people.

Enjoyment

The book has a very interesting premise, and the author’s message of the importance of information and being able to think for yourself instead of allowing others to think for you is clear.  I’m not quite sure what I think about the ending, it’s not that it comes from nowhere, but I think it almost stretches out a bit too long.

Overall Grade

I enjoyed the book, it has a lot of interesting ideas.  However, I’d seen most of the ideas from reading 1984 (which was written a few years before Fahrenheit 451).  Either way, they are still good ideas that merit reading multiple times.

6/10

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