Fahrenheit 451


Author: Ray Bradbury

Bookstore Classification: Science Fiction

Readers: Anyone, but often used as high school required reading

This is one of my favorite books.  In a futuristic world where technology has become so advanced that houses no longer burn, a fireman named Montag is the main character of this story.  However, firemen do not exist to put out fires, but instead their job is to find books and burn them.  Society’s reasoning behind this activity is that without the differing viewpoints within books, people will find peace in their lives, which will bring harmony to the world.  Unfortunately, everyone now communicates through large television screens with little human contact.

The story begins when Montag, while walking to work, meets a teenage girl, Clarisse, at one of the many abandoned parks throughout the town.  He is confused as to why she is there and they strike up a conversation.  Clarisse’s family does not own a television, but instead entertains one another by having conversations at night.  This so intrigues Montag that he hides one of the books he supposed to burn and reads it.

This story is a futuristic look at what our society could be within the next 50 years.  I found the most interesting peice of this narrative to be the relationships Bradbury weaves throughout the story.  Montag is married but rarely speaks to his wife, which creates an almost anti-romance feel to the book.  Bradbury creates in Montag a character that illustrates humanity’s need to have mental and emotional fulfillment from the individuals in our lives.  Again, this is one of my favorite books simply because I think it challenges readers to look beyond the television for answers to life’s problems.  This story tackles large topics such as the meaning of intamacy, as well as, the value of knowledge within our society.  A thought provoking and stimulating read.

Published in: on July 6, 2009 at 7:55 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I love this book!

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