This is going to be the first official classic i have ever read, unless you count Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. I want to see what makes this book be so good that it is classed a classic with less than 200 pages. Anyway, it is time for a review.
“Fahrenheit 451- The temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns.”
Guy Montag is a fireman. 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 when 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, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.
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For me i think the idea of the book is really interesting, I could never imagine a world where books are banned so when I started reading I was very excited to see how Ray Bradbury managed it. Within the first 10 pages I hated this book and the way it was written. The way that Bradbury thought it was a good idea to repeat the same few words time and time again just felt like filler and didn’t add a single thing to the story.
I do like the amount of description that he put into everything though, a lot of authors would you use 2-3 describing words for when something new has been brought into the scene but Bradbury used 5-6 which does give you clearer idea on what has just happened in the scene and helps the imagination work better.
The way that the world has been set you can tell that the book is very old. This is because of the way that the writer thinks that without books the world will become so stupid to the point where all they do all day is sat and watch TV and believe in only what the TV is saying. I know that some people would still think this would happen but now with the internet and the unlimited potential it holds the world would never become like the one in Fahrenheit 451 and i think that is why i hated it so much.
Another problem i have with the book is the way that it is basically saying that if you don’t read then you become stupid. I know a lot of people who hate reading, my brother for example but that doesn’t mean he isn’t clever as hell. In fact in a lot of areas he is a hell of a lot smarter than I am even though I read every day.
The only interesting part of the book I liked was the encounters that Montag had with Clarisse. She is the only character I found to be enjoyable to know anything about but that doesn’t stay for very long.
I don’t recommend this book at all. It has an interesting premise but with the way the world is today then it is not even close to believable and the way it has been written it just isn’t fun to read and try to imagine what it would be like.