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Book Review: Farenheit 451

February 14, 2011

If you look at Farenheit 451 from the perspective of when it was written, you can be amazed at Ray Bradbury’s prophecy. I tried to keep that thought in mind when reading the book but I wasn’t able to put myself into any type of Cold War paranoia mind frame and as a result, I kept coming back to my 2011 mindset and thinking, hey, we have bigger fish to fry, or bigger books to burn, nowadays.

Anyway, that’s just me.

The idea of censorship and government control and general public apathy was interesting, and the idea of society possibly heading there, or already there if you want to think about the obsession with television, is frightening, but when I finished the book I’m sitting there thinking, That’s it? That’s all? So we suffer through all of this to find out that there’s a group of people in the country who have memorized books? That’s great, books and ideas and free thought live!, but then what in the world was the whole sense of Montag’s story leading up to that great revelation?

I thought Guy Montag was a little wimpy and the whole chase at the end wasn’t exciting. I found the writing a little difficult to read at times, very choppy and dull. I wouldn’t recommend this book

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