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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
ISBN: 0345410017
Publisher: Del Rey books

"The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames... never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do..."

I finally finished reading this book from cover to cover. I had tried to read it a few years ago and for some reason I wasn't getting into it - I probably wasn't in the right mindset for this kind of book.

As a Librarian, it's a bit frightening to think about a time when books are illegal and are all burned. That's just something that is so foreign and I hope never comes to pass. But the story of what people would be like in a world like this is very interesting.

Sometimes the commentary is a bit hard to follow - just because it's a bit flighty. Once you get into the cadence of it, it's not to bad. I've also not read too much about the social implications of the story (like essays and such), so I'm not sure what the opinions are out there. But I like the story as a science fiction book... but to actually analyze, it's (again) interesting.

I'd definitely recommend this to any of my teens who are looking for a good classic to read. It's a story that's keeps you involved and wondering what's going to happen next. This is good for all ages as well - but probably best for ninth grade and up - both girls and guys. A good read!

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