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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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really liked it
bookshelves: target-2019, less-than-200, re-read, weekend-read

# Review

451F: Temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns

Enter a dystopia where firemen are responsible for burning books rather than preventing houses from fires - in both cases, the firemen are the custodians of peace, saving people from potential "dangers".

Recommended for: Anyone who doesn't read regularly.

Characters:
- Guy Montag
- Clarrise McClellan
- Mildred
- Beatty
- Faber

This is a story of Montag, a fireman, awakening to the reality of world he is living in (similar to that of Winston in 1984). Through his conversations with little Clarrise, Montag is faced with some deep, poignant questions about the life he is leading.

What if everyone of us was happy independently?
Should that be the ideal we all aim to achieve as a human society?
Moreover, what role should technology play in the sphere of human life?

We become so absorbed with our artificial/custom, "modern" surroundings that we become ignorant of the beauty of the natural world around us. We even turn a blind eye to the sufferings of our fellow human beings. Netflix and chill?

Living in a world full of empty possessions, talking to empty people with blank minds. People don't talk about anything of importance. They name a lot of materialistic things which they possess or dream of possessing. But they all say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else.

While the world wants to become deterministic, cold, calculated and "practical" in our dealings, maybe we are trading our conscience for this.

For the past couple of months, I have come to realise the importance of reading and the lure of digital media services such as Youtube, Netflix, Instagram which did more harm to me than good. I am hopeful that others too will come to confront the nature of their reality in the process of reading this book.

Adivce: Ask questions; be curious; stop and think - these are the few humane things to do.
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Quotes Kshitij Liked

Ray Bradbury
“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
“With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word 'intellectual,' of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
“I'm seventeen and I'm crazy. My uncle says the two always go together. When people ask your age, he said, always say seventeen and insane.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


Reading Progress

December 30, 2018 – Shelved
December 30, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 30, 2018 – Shelved as: target-2019
December 31, 2018 – Shelved as: less-than-200
January 2, 2019 – Started Reading
January 4, 2019 – Shelved as: re-read
January 4, 2019 – Shelved as: weekend-read
January 4, 2019 – Finished Reading

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