The older i become, the more annoyed i get by empty words, spun to enlargen stories that the author feels are not great enough by themselves. FahrenheThe older i become, the more annoyed i get by empty words, spun to enlargen stories that the author feels are not great enough by themselves. Fahrenheit 451 would be a really larger than life story in every way, even if the text would have been held in the simplest prose imaginable. Alas, Mr Bradbury felt compelled to write poetry and fill his ideas up with large and heavy sentences that try to cage down all that is good and brilliant with the story itself.
I might have enjoyed the words, if not the narrative had seemed halfway lost between these paramount word ranges and in every case i love the story, but would have loved it by far more, if Guy Montag would have kept to just his own inner voice (in the last third his manner of speaking, of thinking, of hampering with words seemed to have changed and IMO for the better) instead of trying to be his own Romeo or Othello and drowning the fledling plant of freedom of thought in this overpathetic stage-worthy rhetorics.
Other than that there's not much to say. It's one of the classic Dystopic fictiosn of our age and the train of thoughts leading to this dystopian society is disturbingly imaginable or even probable, even if the ultimate consequence does not seem as logical as the characters take them to be. But then... reality doesn't seem to be logical all the time either.
Whatever it may be, it's a great book, that suffers a little bit between the disparity of characters and characterization but in every case more than recommendable, simply one of the must-reads in the modern (Science) Fiction!...more
An interesting twist on the usual "coming-of-age" or educational narrative. Maybe Card is a bit weak on the side of real strategies or combat descriptAn interesting twist on the usual "coming-of-age" or educational narrative. Maybe Card is a bit weak on the side of real strategies or combat descriptions, but then his protagonist is a very young boy and most of the story is told from his perspective so let's call it appropriate to the perspective.
I would not be surprised if nobody ever was outsmarted by the big story "twist" at the height of the narration, but then it's not really the climax when you know all of the story so the trick is rather a distraction than really a revelation of secret facts. And that's what really made me love this book, it only seems to be very straightforward, but then there are layers upon layers of interwoven stories and none of them is truly straightforward...
Originally i wasn't going to read all the books from this series, but Ender's Game made me reconsider this decision and i'll probably give at least the second part a try....more
The idea behind this book is absolutely fascinating! Future historians have learned to use a time machine for watching how the actual deeds were doneThe idea behind this book is absolutely fascinating! Future historians have learned to use a time machine for watching how the actual deeds were done and follow the traces of developments throughout the millenia... e.g. one of them finds out WHO the historical figure behind "Noah" was and when and where he lived... just by watching the place he thinks of as the most plausible for a great flood. Another scientist discovers that there must have been a large scale intervention in time, as they can actually see other pastwatchers change the future by contacting Christopher Columbus in the disguise of angelic beings, right before he could decide which goal in the name of god he would follow to thank HIM for letting Columbus survive a ship-wrecking in front of the portuguese coasts. Therefore instead of going on a new crusade and bleeding the armies of Europe dry, just before a blood thirsty middle american invasion will sweep over the Old continent and human sacrifices will become common all over the world, he undertook the 71 day long travel across the Atlantic ocean we all have heard of. But while they can see what evil this might have averted, they also can see, that it produced half a millenium of slavery, exploitation, violence and predomination of the european cultures, which would in effect ruin the world up to their distant furute and finally will kill almost all humans that are left then because of the ecological disasters caused now and in the past. So they decide to go back on their own and yet again change the past...
Whilst the idea is fascinating and all the backgrounds seem to be well researched i am less happy with his timing and the division of the book into the different timelines. After finishing the book i'm more or less convinced, that he put too much effort into working out WHY they changed the time and too little into showing HOW it worked and where it developed new problems or conflicts. It's a little bit like the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly hallows, when you get shown a split image of the future without any indication how that came to be or what else happened in between, right when the story awakened your interest in this points.
So is it a recommendable read? Definitely, even when not balanced out perfectly there are still lots of marvelous insights hidden in his researchers projects and thoughts and while i would have preferred two complemental books showing both sides of the key moment, the book i got to read still is worthwhile on it's own. There might be a lack of speed in the middle part of the story, but the beginning and the end are true page-turners....more