Monday, October 29, 2018

"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

Every time I read something by Ray Bradbury, I think, "Why don't I read more Ray Bradbury?"  I really need to remedy that and just... read more of his stuff.  I mean, I've read 3 of his novels and 2 collections of short stories, but I know he wrote a lot more than that.  Vanessa Rasanen has me convinced I need to try Something Wicked This Way Comes, so that's going on my TBR list.

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. 

(From my Instagram)

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.


  1. I've been meaning to read Something Wicked This Way Comes, this one sounds good too!

    1. Skye, SWTWC has been on my radar for a long time! I will read it sooner or later :-)

  2. I should read this at some point, really should. I know the Bernard Herrmann music for the 1966 movie really well... it freaked me out when I was a kid. (I tried watching that 1966 movie version once, but it bored me silly so I never re-visisted). The book has just never crossed my path.

    1. DKoren, yeah, it's very much worth a read. And I think you might kinda dig it cuz it's got some actionyness to it?

      I've never watched any of the movie versions.

  3. This has been on my to-read list for a while. I'll have to bump it up in order now--it sounds good! Can I pause time just so I have time to read more books?

    1. RM, I realized a year or so ago that when I buy books, I subconsciously think I'm buying the TIME to read them. Which is why I now have this TBR mountain threatening to crush me.

      Anyway, this is well worth the read. Bump it way up!


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