Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fahrenheit 451

Internationally acclaimed with more than 5 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago.
This is a novel deceptive in length and saturated with thought. Because of Ray Bradbury's pellmell writing style, what could have been a monotonous slog through a dystopian world blasted by the tyranny is in fact one of the most enjoyable fictional books I've come across.

Bradbury reaches across all levels of a person, loitering not only in the mind of the reader but also in the heart as well. The passion of Montag to know, to be, to feel something real and authentic and free is riveting. The story follows his progression from a fireman who's responsibility to burn all published works to a person freed from the shackles of an oppressive society that is frighteningly similar to what ours can grow into.

Here's what it is: A Classic. One everyone needs to read, and I would even suggest a re-read. You will not regret it.

If you liked 1984, Brave New World, The Illustrated Man or Atlas Shrugged you will like this book.


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