Monday, June 22, 2009
Fahrenheit 451 Review
I have decided that since I like to read and I like to read good books and sometimes I write about books that I read on my blog, I am going to start reviewing books. Just in case others would like to know what I think. Maybe you don't care, but I'm going to tell you anyway.
So, here goes. I just finished Fahrenheit 451. It was first published in 1950 as a short story and then published as a book in 1953. For me it had the same feel as 1984, but with an even more captivating story (and I LOVE 1984). It is an easy read, I finished it in just a few hours time, but I didn't want to put it down. The book is a story of a man named Montag, who is a fireman, but not the kind we would recognize. Firemen in this time set fires rather than put them out. They set fires to books. There is a list of over a million books that have become illegal to own and especially read and so the books are burned and the people are arrested. Montag starts to question his purpose and his life and wants to know more about the books he has been burning for years. I loved this book. Maybe it's because I love books and I would hope I would be like Montag and want to defend what is inside them. Ray Bradbury is the author and it's amazing how he was able to capture a lot of our current time 50 years before it ever happened. The distractions of the media, people no longer wanting to be educated and just the distractions all around us, amazing. If you have a couple hours to kill, maybe a plane ride or just a day on the beach or at a park, pick up this book.
I give it five stars.