Nov 222011

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Source: Won in giveaway at Martha’s Bookshelf
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

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… 

This is a true classic that most people are required to read in school. I never had to, and I regret that. Having read it now, I can see what the benefit of reading it school would have been. Books read in school are discussed and examined in detail. This book would lend itself well to that type of in depth analysis.

I am glad that I at least read this book, although I found it only okay. I think in a school setting I would have enjoyed it much more. I just didn’t find it as captivating or emotional as other books I’ve read.

I have the 50th anniversary edition, which contains an interview with Ray Bradbury about the 50th anniversary, and how he feels about the success of the book. It was quite insightful and interesting to read.

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