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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Aug 18, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: teachers, readers, dystopia fans
Read in June, 2007

As a fan of dystopias, this seemed required reading. Less polished than some of the more famous dystopian novels, I enjoyed this book for its implication that we are the agents of our own oppression, the 'mind-forg'd manacles' to borrow a bit of Blake. Essentially, Bradbury's novel, set in a not-too-distant future, presents a world where people tired of controversy, weary of each niche and demographic rattling its saber whenever it was offended, and began to ban ALL books that could offend anyone. Thus we get the famous reversal of firemen who show up at houses with hoses that spew kerosene.

Some of Bradbury's writing strains at times, almost as if his own disgust at the themes of this novel push his language too far, but it does have its wonderful parts, and while the ending is bleak, its celebration of reading, knowledge and learning is not to be missed.
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