Monday, April 23, 2012

Classic Monday: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

179 pages

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 runs or the joy of watching 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..

Burning books? The horror! This novel is about so much more than that though. Technology has a habit of creating separation between people and this novel reflects that. It also shows what happens when people think for themselves instead of listening to what may be considered societies norm. I think its also interesting how much the author got right about the direction society is heading in. This isn't a preachy novel but it does reflect caution. 


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