Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
“Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s best-known novel, takes place in a bleak, hedonistic future where ideas are illegal and thinking is discouraged as people pursue lives of mindless happiness. In this world, firemen don’t put out fires—they start them—specifically, to any home containing that most forbidden of possessions: the printed book.”
First of all, Bradbury was a genius. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything he wrote that I didn’t absolutely love. He makes you think.
I read this book for the first time in middle school I think; I was around 13. I hadn’t read it in more than ten years when I decided to pick up again in January.
It’s a very fast read at only 190 pages, but such a great story; one every book lover should read.
It’s scary for me to imagine that there are people in the world who continually try to tell other people what they should and should not read. Take a look at any banned book list over the past few years and you will probably be surprised by the books that you see listed. Ironically enough, “Fahrenheit 451” is repeatedly banned and/or challenged. Really? Banning a book about banned books? *sigh*
Published 2003 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1953)
With new forward by Author
Hugo Award for Best Novel (1954), Prometheus Hall of Fame Award (1984)
- Argentina maintains foreign book ban, e-readers okay (paidcontent.org)