Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fahrenheit 451

Wow! Two posts in a week! This has never happened before! But this was an English assignment, and you guys deserve at least another post before I go offline again, so I decided to post this little gem for you all!
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Guy Montag lives in a world without books. His job is to burn the books that threaten his society, and he does it gladly. He is called a fireman, but firemen don’t put out fires anymore, they use fire to burn. They burn the books, and the houses they were stored in. It is against the law to read any of the books they burn, and no one questions what could be inside. Guy does his job, does it well, and never questions what he is doing, continuing his boring life with his wife, Mildred, and the television screens she calls her “family”.  But all this changes one night when he meets a 17-year-old girl named Clarisse. With a few questions, and a few stories, she changes Guy’s worldview completely. But he pretends to ignore it, until he finally can’t. He sees a woman burn, and starts wondering why she was so interested in the books that supposedly mean nothing. Soon, he can’t stop thinking about it, and the ideas Clarisse put into his mind. Guy slowly begins to question everything he has ever learned, and what he can do to change it.

Fahrenheit 451 is actually a pretty well written book. It was very descriptive, and sometimes Ray Bradbury uses to many words to get the point across, but nevertheless, it is a good read. If this wasn't a required book for English I probably wouldn't have ever picked this book up.  If you are interested in dystopian/sci-fi novels, this is 100% the book for you. The beginning was a little bit confusing, I needed to go back and re-read the first 100 pages at least three times before I got the concepts, and the whole book is quite slow, but the ending is beautifully written, and really thought provoking. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in a dystopian society with good comprehension skills, because it is a very interesting book about how a society without books works, but it also requires a lot of thinking and comprehension.
I would gladly give this book 3.5 bookish badges!
- Chloe

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