Book Review: Fahrenheit 451

I read this book by Ray Bradbury because I enjoy when author’s take a look at the censorship we see in today’s society and extrapolate to the future. 451 did not dissapoint.

It was an imaginative look at how society controls the spread of written literature of the past. All books with any artistic drive at all were considered bad and burned on sight. This was the job of fire men, who our main character was. Fire men don’t STOP fires in 451, the START fires. They go around to all the places that people think have books, find them, and burn them. The main character even takes pleasure in his work, he goes by the name of Guy Montag. He enjoyed seeing all the books of the past being taken from this world…until he meets a young woman who makes him think twice about his work.

Almost unconsciously, Montag ends up stealing books eventually reading them. He doesn’t even know what the words mean, he just knows he should be reading. He continues to dive into the world of literature, and finds more people like him. It was a great book.

That being said, under the genre of over-manipulating controlling government and society, I would place Bradbury’s interpretation at the bottom of my (rather short) list. Orwell’s 1984 is easily the BEST book in this genre, and still one of my top 5 books of all time. Brave New World also a great book in this genre. So if you like reading these types of books 451 is definitely a good choice.

As for me, I think I’ve had enough, I need something different. I think I’m gonna take a stab at the famous ‘The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky. This book is ENORMOUS so i’m expecting it to be a long read. But I read ‘Crime and Punishment’ by Dostoevsky a little while ago and LOVED it, so I’ll enjoy the extra reading….