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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Oct 11, 2011

it was amazing
Read in October, 2011

Guy Montag is a Fireman - a man whose job it is to search out and burn books. Books, after all, get into a reader's head, and make them think - make them individuals. Everyone really wants to be the same as everyone else, or so says Captain Beatty, his boss.

The problem is, Montag has met seventeen-year-old Clarisse, his newest neighbor, and she talks to him about things that make him think beyond the world he's tied into now. When he tries to talk to Mildred, his wife, she tunes him out, literally, being fascinated by the 'walls', where televised programs speak directly to her, and everyone else who watched the programs.

When Montag finds out Clarisse has died, something inside him starts to unravel completely, making him question his job, and its place in the world.

Written in 1953, Bradbury's work is amazingly poetic, and a somewhat scary, bleak look at a future where humans would rather be entertained than be challenged.
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