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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Jan 16, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: uber-books
Recommended for: people who love to read
Read in January, 2008

I don't know why this isn't required reading in high school (really, Billy Budd???). This book about censorship, set in a dystopia where firemen burn houses with hidden books, blew me away.

Here's a line from a rebel:

"'I hate a Roman named Status Quo,' he said, 'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day, every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that,' he said, 'shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.'"

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Ruby That's interesting, when I was in high school it was required reading. I guess it all depends on the region and the teacher.

I've gotten so much more out of this book since then. I try to re read it every year, and I always find something new.

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