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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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May 10, 2011

it was ok
Read in May, 2011

Another classic I somehow missed in High School and college.

My biggest complaint is the super long sentences without punctuation. One sentence is a whole paragraph regularly in this book. Reading it written that way makes it feel like you are reading the scattered, jumping-around thoughts of a slightly crazy person. Maybe that's what he intended, but it is quite annoying. I kept looking back and reading it over trying to find where the commas should have been.

An example:

"It was good listening to the beetle hum, the sleepy mosquito buzz and delicate filigree murmur of the old man's voice at first scolding him and then consoling him in the late hour of night as he emerged from the steaming subway toward the firehouse world."

I would put at least 2 more commas in that sentence, and maybe even a hyphen or two. It would be easier to read that way.


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