Book Review: Fahrenheit 451

Let’s dive into the classic book that is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. A book about book burning and what a society without people reading would look like.

Guy Montag is a fireman and that means he and his coworkers go to houses and burn them down if they have any books inside of them. In this world, owning and reading a book is illegal. Montag steals a book from a home and now has to prevent the authorities from capturing him and finding out why books are actually banned.

What makes the book a classic is the general topic of the story and the message. The book went on to win the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature along with a bunch of other awards. It also has a bunch of movie and radio adaptations that have been well received.

Bradbury has said that he wrote the book because of his concerns of threats of book burning during the McCarthy era (the era where if you were accused of Communion, your whole career would be destroyed even if there was no evidence). Later on, Bradbury said he wrote the book because he believed mass media reduced interest in reading literate. Technology always scares people and makes them think of the worst scenario like a whole society not reading anymore and books being banned.

I liked the book but it didn’t have the impact that I thought it would have. It is heralded a classic because of it’s subject but even then it seems a bit too drastic to be believable. There are a lot of good ideas though and it’s an okay book so I would recommend it if you are a fan of the classics.

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