Book Review of
Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
Fahrenheit 451 was an amazing read. I loved it. It was so fascinating especially since I have thought about problems in Fahrenheit 451 and have had my own opinions about issues brought up in this book. If you have not read this classic, I recommend it. The book is so well written with a great plot. There are so many truths to it, and things we should remember to treasure like people and books. I probably can’t say this enough, but this book sucked me in, which means it may make my top 2018 list.