Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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…
I chose Fahrenheit 451 to be my seventh classic book because I read Brave New Worldearlier in the year and so it was the only one of the ‘big three’ classic dystopian novels left for me to read (1984 also being one of them, which a read a few years ago). It was also extremely good timing because John and Hank Green chose it to be their Summer Book Club book (and also not-so-good timing as Ray Bradbury died a week after I purchased it…).
My knowledge of Fahrenheit 451 was actually quite limited. I’ve never studied it and only met one person (!) that has actually read it. I knew, vaguely, that it was about a fireman who actually caused fires instead of putting them out, and that it was because of government regulation that books were banned. I was actually slightly wrong about this: the citizens in Fahrenheit 451 police themselves; conformity is widespread and accepted across society.(prettybooks)