Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This week I decided to reread a science fiction thriller that's a true masterpiece. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, with its themes of censorship and knowledge versus ignorance, is a classic novel. It was written in 1953 and offered a prophetic look at a future where people become drones watching fake realities on their televisions.

In the not too distant future in a dystopian society books are forbidden. They're considered to be a source of discord and are burned by "firemen." Guy Montag, a fireman, meets a young girl who asks some insightful questions and starts him wondering if he's doing the right thing. Then he responds to an alarm and is shocked when an old woman chooses to be burned with her books. He manages to hide some books that he saves from destruction and so begins his revolt.

This is a book that never fails to remind me how lucky I am to be able to enjoy the simple pleasures of reading.

Publisher: Ballantine (August 1987)
ISBN: 978-0345342966
Pages: 208
Price: $6.99