June 10th, 2005

books

Fahrenheit 451: Ray Bradbury

This was an incredible book, which I'm so glad I read. I knew the title, but had never picked up the book in a library or bookstore. As wistfuldragon says, truly a book for booklovers. The introduction by Bradbury is well worth reading, to get an idea of his inspiration for the story.

Sadly, many aspects of the story are already true of our society. At one point, the fire chief talks to Montag about how and why society changed, and why books were banned. He talks about society speeding up, people wanting only to read the 'classics digest' until finally people just watched television. This 'speeding up' is already true of our society I think. I loved all the fire imagery, and references to salamanders and the phoenix. Indeed, there is a sense of destruction but also the promise of redemption and restoration at the end of the book.

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