Monday, 30 June 2014

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury review!

Here's what it says on Goodreads:

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

This is a book that I've actually had for a long time, but never read. How glad I am that I finally finished it after a few days! It was definitely the right choice of book to be the first one to read after almost a year of not reading for pleasure.

The language is lush and gentle, guiding you along a harrowing and eye-opening dystopian story that will shock and change you, if only slightly. This is definitely one of the best books of the futuristic genre that I have read, and probably will be for a long time. Purely for one reason: it makes you evaluate, think - everything, every sentence in this book will help you see how society and the media do change and shape our lives, and how much Bradbury has got right with his predictions for our future.

All characters are fleshed out and real, you feel for them - especially Guy. I don't know whether I have a distinct favourite character although I do love Clarisse as much as Guy. I don't think you can choose a favourite, because this is a book more about ideas and plot interwoven with Guy trying to understand the new outlook on society that books have given him. Books are the most important and central character as it is about Guy trying to understand how they fit into his society and his story in that respect, I think. Although Guy is fantastic, because you cry and shout and wish you can reach out and try to help him at times, and so he is definitely a great character, and so probably my favourite.

If this book has taught me anything, then it is most definitely that I will not stop reading, even if there comes a time when I have read every book there is. Because reading a good book is a gift, and that is something I should cherish. Thank you, Bradbury. This is an immense novel, and everyone should read it. That's the thing about this book, never before have I read a book that teaches me so many things about society and myself in so many pages. Bradbury is superb.

I'd give it 9/10 - because I found some of the language a bit difficult to digest at times, but the pure strength and greatness of the story and the  characters makes it all worthwhile. Please, if you can, read this book. I hope it gives you the perspective I experienced, because I am so much more in love with reading books, something I never thought possible until I read this. I wish we could read more about Guy - as long as his story doesn't become our future, that is.


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