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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Oct 25, 14

bookshelves: science-fiction, ya-fiction, dystopia, classics
Read from April 11 to 18, 2012

A masterfully written novel which reveals a dystopian future in which books are destroyed by firemen who do not put out fires, but start them. And, these fires they set destroy books. Guy Montag and his wife Mildred live a mundane, rote existence...never talking, or philosophizing, or connecting. Guy begins to realize, after meeting a 17-year-old neighbor, Clarisse, that there is so much more to life and a wealth of information that's been lost in those books.

As his wife watches the 'parlor family' on big screen TVs that take up three walls, Guy's life starts to spin out of control as he searches for some meaning in his life. He connects with Faber, a retired professor who has a passion for literature and thinking. Guy struggles with this new-found pleasure and starts to rebuff his way of life. Beatty, the firehouse chief, taunts him into a rage of passion for these books, taking a sinister turn as a result. Montag is on the run and in his escape he finds Granger, opening up even further this thirst for literature and a life-gone-astray.

Fahrenheit 451 is a bleak, near-hopeless commentary of what our lives could become. It's a classic in every sense...a must read. The audio version is superb...the dismal, gray atmosphere oozes from the voice of Montag.

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