The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.
Why I adore Fahrenheit 451:
- It's a proper dystopian world
- So if a dystopian world is a hellish place to live... SURELY there's nowhere worse than a society where books are burned?!
- In an age when reading is on the decline, when media consumption is increasing hugely, this book could not be more relevant OR resonate with the reader more.
- The antagonist is fascinating… even though he's one of the people in charge of book burning, you can tell, sometime in the past, he held a great love for literature.
- CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!
- Okay, so I'm a major fan of this. Character development is necessary for all novels and Bradbury pulls this off so smoothly within Guy…
- … talking about Guy, he's a very likeable hero down to the sheer amount of flaws he has.
- *Jazz hands* SYMBOLISM! Lots and lots of symbolism. (In case you don't know, I looooooove symbolism).
- It has some BRILLIANT and quirky characters.
- "She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but why…"
- The protagonist is constantly battling his internal conflicts and half the time acts irrationally and stupidly… which, let's be honest, we all would if we were faced by a situation like this.
- Three words: THE BOOK PEOPLE.
- It's witty and tragic and infuriating and so, so real.
- It calls out to all bibliophiles and sure does put emphasis on the importance of books!
- “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”
- “The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”
- “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.”
- “Putting out the stars and extinguishing the sun.”
- “She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but why.... Luckily, queer ones like her don't happen often.”
- “A book is a loaded gun.”
- “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.”