My Rating of the Book: 5/5 stars
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel that supposedly takes place sometime around 2053. In the novel, we follow the story of the main character, Guy Montag. Guy is a fireman. Except, there’s a twist. In this society, firemen start fires instead of putting them out. In particular, they burn books.
“It was a pleasure to burn” (Bradbury, 1).
For years, I put off reading this book, but now I’m more than glad that I’ve read it. It was absolutely phenomenal.
Ray Bradbury said that this book was never meant to be full of prediction. It was meant to prevent and protect. Interestingly enough, this book is known for its approach on censorship though Bradbury claims that the book was never meant to be about censorship (or at least that that wasn’t meant to be the main point of the novel). It was meant to be a book about how people are letting television and other electronics consume their lives. I don’t know if it’s just me, but that sounds shockingly similar to the very world that we are living in right now.
Let me just say this: Ray Bradbury’s writing style is phenomenal. I’ve never read someone who writes quite like him. This book was phenomenal and I would highly recommend that people read it.