Classics > Science Fiction > Dystopia
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 nor 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 he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do …
Impossible; for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you?
I picked up Fahrenheit 451 with apprehension. Somehow, I’m dreading that the same crappy ending in 1984 will happen here… but I’m a happy camper! I liked Bradbury’s short story since page 1. Liked it even more as it progresses. I thought, “yeah! that’s what I want to happen, too”!
I was in a trance while reading the book. Bradbury’s broody and flowery writing appealed to me for his dystopian theme. It made me pause, think, and agree. In the end of Part 1, I thought Guy was a hypocrite, but my sour feeling towards him didn’t last.
For such a short read, Fahrenheit 451 was packed with a lot of punch. Never mind that I fear the world they are in, without books?!! But the spot-on, not-so-impossible future crated by Bradbury was quite impressive. Well, he did write this fifty years ago! He has some inventive imagination going back then, and I applaud him for that.
The war was sketchy to me. It conflicted with the message being repeated by the Captain on why their Society is such in its current state: it’s because people want to be “happy”. So the Society gave them happiness. So what’s with the war?
Fahrenheit 451 didn’t disappoint. Finally! A classic that is right for my taste. =)
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FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury
Paperback, 50th Anniversary Edition, 190 pages
Published 1991 by Ballantine Books