#31 Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Title

Fahrenheit 451

Author

Ray Bradbury

Genre

Science Fiction, Dystopian

Readability

Average.

Engagement

High.

Score

score-2

It feels like it its not in its full potential.

Title (Original)

Fahrenheit 451

Year of Publication

1953

Cover

Ray_Bradbury_-_Fahrenheit_451

Short Description & Notes

Fahrenheit 451 is a short book about a futuristic era where firemen had a different job – to start fires, not to extinguish them. Guy Montag is the main character and, after he meets a young girl who told him about a past where people where lived freely, and an old professor that tells him about a future where people could read and think by themselves, he suddenly realizes what he has to do.

The author raises takes interesting subjects but then leaves the reader to think about the rest. It feels like when the plot is getting really interesting, it fades away. It was a lot of assumptions and some vague symbolism that can be interpreted in many ways. In some cases, its meaning can only be interpreted by people who know what he is talking about.

“The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.

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 a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands 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 novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.” – Goodreads: Fahrenheit 451

Remarkable Quotes

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”

“The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.”

“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”

“With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word ‘intellectual,’ of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.”

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

Fun Facts

This book was adapted to the big screen and the movie was released in 1966.

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