Review: “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

In this post-apocalyptic future, the job of a fireman is to burn the printed books which have become illegal. Guy Montag is one of those people, carrying out his job without questioning it, until the day he learns about the past. He learns that people used to learn about the world through books, instead of spending all their time listening to the mind-numbing television. Montag starts to hide the books he’s supposed to be destroying and when he is discovered, he runs for his life.

Fahrenheit 451 is a timeless classic and I think it is plainly obvious why. It is one of the novels that shows humanity its own dark sides and the potential consequences of us going astray.

We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?

There isn’t much that I can that hasn’t been said before, but what I particularly liked about it is that it was thought-provoking. It has made me start asking questions with regards to the future and what part am I playing in it.

Recent raise in technology is a delicate issue – just like with anything new, this is something we should be wary of and as much as it has brought with it great advantages, we should not be abusing the power that came with it.

There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.

The story itself is fascinating and the message in it gets progressively more powerful. This novel is one that everyone should read, and I know I will be coming back to it down the line. When I’m older, when I’m wiser.

In the meantime, I would like to thank all of you bookwolves for, well… for being yourselves. And for fighting against the terrifying prospect of a future from Fahrenheint 451, one book at a time.

But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.

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