Classification: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”
This book had been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile now, and I’ve decided I’d give it a try. We’re faced with a oppressed society, that isn’t capable of thinking for itself. Mildred is the perfect example of it.
The main character Montag is a firefighter who burns books, because books are a treat to society. Thanks to Clarisse he starts to question himself and what surrounds him.
This book makes us question which direction society is going towards.It is really well written for its size, and we can see clearly what Ray wanted to do with these characters.
“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.”
As long as the story goes I loved it, I would’ve it down the metaphors a little, but that’s my opinion on it.
“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”