I love this book. I loved it the first time I read it, between freshman and sophomore years of college. I've loved it every time I've reread it, and this is probably the fifth time I've read it. It's fantastic. The storytelling, the writing, the plot, the imagery, the characters, just everything. I don't generally enjoy dystopian fiction, but this book hits so many of my buttons that I can't help but love it. Loner protagonist? Deep discussions about the value of books? Characters who stand up against oppression? Burning buildings? People living on the fringes of society? Check and check and check again.
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If you don't know about this book, it's about a future society where everyone is obsessed with interactive television shows and spends their days and nights listening to music piped into their heads through little earbuds called seashells, and if that sounds eerily like today's society... yeah. Bradbury wrote this in the 1950s, and wow, our world right now resembles his a lot. Except that in this book, firemen set fires. Specifically, they burn books. All books, all the time. Doesn't matter what they are, they must be burned.
One fireman, Guy Montag, meets up with a quirky and unusual girl one evening, and her perspective on life changes his worldview forever. Instead of burning books, he tries reading one, and... I don't want to spoil the book, so let's just say nothing is ever the same for him again. It's fabulous, and everyone should read it, okay? It has so much to say about the power of words.
I had the great pleasure of attending a reading given by the late, great Ray Bradbury when I was in college. I brought along my copy of Fahrenheit, 451, which he signed for me. I treasure it.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: a hard PG-13 for bad language, scary moments, violence, and discussion of things like suicide.
This is my 23rd book read and reviewed for my second go-round with the Classics Club and my 3rd for the Reams of Rereads event.