Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

SummaryGuy 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.

I know I've become somewhat ancient on here, but I finally decided to post a review on here again! - Marissa.

Review: Wow. I am speechless. This book has left me thinking about so many things in new ways. How often do you come across a book that literally changes your way of looking at life? A better question would be, how often do you read a book that changes your way of looking at life and makes you want to do better? This is one of those books. Just yesterday I was talking to my mom about this book and how similar the society is to to ours. I mean, how often can you find a book that is just so good that it sparks conversations so easily? This is a book that really makes you think. 

Now, through my experience, there has only been one other book that has had this effect on me. And that book is The Book Thief. Ever since the day I finished that book, I've held it on a pedestal. Any time i read another book, I would try to see if it would surpass it, but nothing ever did. After finishing this book, I can safely say that this comes in a close tie with The Book Thief. 

Needless to say, this book was wonderful. I can't use my words to express any more of my feelings towards this book. I recommend this book to everyone. I know that this is one of those books that will stick with me for a long time, maybe even forever. But let me warn you before you do start reading this book, keep this question lingering in your head "Are we moving in the same direction as them?".

**A little side note**(Also I might as well add this in because of my great English teacher this year. This is the second book we have read this year and during class he would really leave us thinking differently and every class when we discussed this book really left a big impact on me. For the first time in a long time, I am happy to say I have an English teacher who can finally bring books to life in great ways.)

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