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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Dec 31, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: literature, dystopian, science-fiction

Of all the dystopian society books that I have read, this is the only one that actually scared me because it seemed the most plausible. Perhaps not burning books directly, but the idea that we would be entertained with mindless entertainment, that our children would start going to school earlier and be gone longer so that the government could control them more than their parents, that youth would seek out cheap thrills like nearly running someone down on a freeway and several other ideas that feature in this book was absolutely terrifying. It reminded me of Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death, a condemnation of our entertainment culture—one that could lead to the future that Ray Bradbury warned us could come about if we neglect the lessons found in the books of the past and focus solely on entertaining ourselves.

Truly a great novel. What more can I say?

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