author – ray bradbury
pages – 158
genre – classic literature
rating – ⭐⭐⭐
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.
i have 4 reading challenges this year
- to read at least one book from my book shelf per month
- to read a book about people from anywhere in the world facing oppression p/m
- to read a book set in the 18th and 19th century p/m
- to read a book recommended by you guys p/m
Fahrenheit 451 was the book that was picked from the list of recommended books to read
I have to say I enjoyed this book, I loved the rhythmic flow of the words. It was pleasant to listen to, the almost chanting and repeating of sentences were calming they helped display the mindset of Montag. I found the concept of the book to be interesting, media being all consuming. Tv’s were now the size of walls and replaced real life, people didn’t love each other anymore, they just lived fake lives.
Montag was a fireman but instead of puting out fires he starts them, he burned books. The books are burned because the people don’t want them anymore, they are writen about the problems of humanity and society weaknesses, but the people just want the perfection of there tv lives. I found the charecters in this book to be fascinating but a nightmare too, there was an impending war mentioned throughout the novel on tv’s and radios but there was never a sense of fear or panic from the people. They were consumed by their fake familys on their screens so the impending doom never reached them.
Montag was like this too until he met Clarisse a 17 year old girl who was his new neighbour. She was strange becasue she asked questions and actually talked about things of relevance not about mundane topics. Her questions made Montag stop and think which he hadn’t done in years and as a result woke him out of the trance that had been his life for the past 10 years. The now awake Montag wanted to see what was so devastating about books which got him into trouble with the government and causes him to go on the run which in the end saved his life.
It was an interesting story, a glimpse of how the world could turn out with the constant development of technology. Some of the themes in the book escaped me they were too brief, when I finished the book I was left thinking ‘That’s it?’. I looked up analysis videos on YouTube so I could get a better understanding of the book and having watched them I see the hidden messages a bit more.
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