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

I’ve been wanting to read this book because it’s intriguing and controversial. I got the Del Rey 50th Anniversary Edition includes A Conversation with Ray Bradbury.

Fahrenheit 451 takes place in the future where technology and war are on rise. Things are in chaos but people doesn’t seem to care. Why? Because they are having so much fun in their fire-proof houses with all those hi-tech ‘parlor’ and Sea shell earphones they’ve forgotten about the world! Books that tells them the truth and facts are banned by the states because it gives them sadness and sorrow so why read them? That’s why the government came up with the idea that anyone caught reading or possessing illegal books are going to be arrested and confined in a mental hospital. While the books are being burned by the firemen (or in the future, book burners).

So there is this guy named Guy Montag, who is a fireman. He starts fire, he plays with fire, he burned many books in his 10 year life as a fireman but he never questioned why is he doing these things? He never question anything because he didn’t know that he is afraid until he met this seventeen-year old girl named Clarisse who told him of the past that people are not afraid. They can do and appreciate anything. And then he met this old professor named Faber who helped him to open his mind about the truth, what the books say and everything. Now he had to do the right thing to do without being a coward…

I am surprised how Ray Bradbury made this book 50 years ago! It’s coming true, the technology and the social impact of it. Those wall ‘parlors’ or flat screen TVs, those sea shell ears or the iPod in our generation, fireproof houses which makes the people not to talk to each other much anymore (admit it, okay?). It’s quite saddening, right?

“People don’t talk about anything.”

“Oh, they must!”

“No, not anything. They name a lot of cars or clothes or swimming pools mostly and say how swell! But they all say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else. And most of the time in the caves they have joke boxes on and the same jokes most of the tie, or the musical wall lit and all the colored patterns running up and down,  but it’s only color and abstract. And at the museum, have you ever been? All abstract. That’s all there is now.” -Clarisse

I enjoyed a lot on this book, it’s a masterpiece. It’s unique (who is in the right mind to burn books?!) and it makes us realize things that are important in life. I hope there will be a sequel for this one!

Book # 61 for 2010

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Bookmarks: 3.5/4


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