April 19, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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*Published 1979 (Mass Market Paperback, Original October 19, 1953)*
I had been wanting to read this book for a while. I had finally found my own copy at Half Price Books early this year because my library’s copy was always missing or checked out. A book that has been banned/censored that is about censoring. It’s always been an interesting juxtaposition and I wanted to see what this book was all about.
The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.
Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do…
This was my first time reading this book and it pulled me in. I feel a lot like the main character, Guy Montag, as he learns that the world is not what it’s supposed to be. He meets a girl named Clarisse when she’s just outside walking. She is enjoying the world, and she tells him that there used to be a world where people were not afraid and not absorbed in their television “families” but in their real world families.
He then takes a book from a burning and it starts to eat at him, so much so that his chief comes to talk to him about books and how dangerous they actually are. It was during this part of the book that I could see why books could be banned. But books cannot be banned, cannot be censored, cannot be removed from society. This is something Guy realizes but once he realizes it, his life starts to crumble around him. He is reported for having books, and his own squad comes to make him burn his own house before he is arrested. Guy snaps and he runs, killing his oldest friend and mentor essentially in the process.
I do know that this will become a favorite book of mine. I can feel it already changing the way I view certain things, and it will continue to change how I view things the more I read it. It will also be a book that I will need to read over and over again in order to better understand it. It’s one that make me question my own thoughts and decisions and I love that about books. Have you ever read Fahrenheit 451? What did you think of it? Comment below and let me know!