Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 was a delightful experience. Rich in setting and character creation the novel is one concerning censorship. Enveloped in a dystopic world of book burning, the reader witnesses a world not far away from our own increasingly dumbed down life.

The story is one of Guy Montang: a fireman whose job it is to burn books, those nasty pieces of rebellious counterculture which divides mankind and makes them unhappy. However, though he enjoys his job one day this all changes with the chance meeting of a little girl. This young woman challenges him causing him to realize the folly of society and the inner-beauty of his own actions. Seeing the horror of society Montang becomes increasingly rebellious and begins to read book himself thus initiating a series of events which will forever change his life.

The plot is excellent. While some of the language used is repetitive and forced me to skip some tedious sentences which I am convinced only existed at all to take up space, over all the writing is swell and packs a dynamic punch in social-commentary; media, war, elections, freedom of information, violence and more are all tackled here and upon finishing no one will lack words to say.

Though written decades ago (in 1953) Fahrenheit 451 is more relevant than ever. Indeed it is one of those works which instead of decaying with time becomes increasingly powerful. With one of the more successful books and influential I would recommend this short read to anyone interested in expanding their horizons on the sensitive topic of information propagation.

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