Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My Take On Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  First off, wow! This book was kinda scary in how dead-on it was. It was written in '53, right, so you wouldn't expect it to still be completely relevant, but it totally was!
  "It was a pleasure to burn."
  F 451 centers on Guy Montag, a fireman in The Future. As a fireman, it is his job to douse houses concealing books in kerosene and burn them to the ground. Burn them to ashes , then burn the ashes, that's their slogan. He's never questioned his comitmient to the firemen in all his years of blissful burning until, one day, he meets a most peculiar girl. Clarisse is unlike any person he's ever met because she looks at him like he matters and asks questions about everything and actually thinks about her answers. She opens his eyes to the world, and what he sees is his wife sitting in the "parlor" watching the "family" all day at which point he realizes that he doesn't even know her anymore, if he ever did know her; the world heading toward war, and most people not even caring; a complete lack of respect for life on the most basic level; basically, a world that's gone morally bankrupt. And how did this happen? It didn't used to be like this, or so he's heard. Children didn't used to kill each other. People used to sit in silence or talk about things, not hide indoors and assault theirs senses with mindeless TV. What's changed to make people into pleasure seekers with no conscience or morality? Answer: A lack of books.
  Due to a self-imposed censorship, the world has fallen into a hateful, mindless stupor. And where did this all start? Why, with the minorities! Every group finding some fault with a book would take that passage and tear it out until, finally, there was nothing left! Sounds familiar, no?
  Censorship is this books main theme, and Bradbury preaches it's dangers in elequent and passionate form. He refers to poetry and the Bible and his favorite writers for quotes. One that's stuck with me particurlarly is an exerpt from Dover Beach;
"Ah, love, let us be true
To each other! for the world which seems
So various, so beautuful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, now light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night."
  Never have I encountered someone with such a passion for books for what they are at their very core, fragrant stacks of paper filled with the marvelous thoughts of strangers, as Mr. Bradbury.
  Due to his innate love of every book for it's merit, I feel it would be wrong for me assign a rating to his work. Suffice it to say that it was a wonderful book well worth reading and pondering.

Happy reading,
Zombie Girrrl


Rhiannon Hart said...

I can't wait to get to this one! Glad you liked it.

Jaime said...

I love Ray Bradbury's books and Farenheit 451 tops the list. So does Dandelion Wine.

April said...

Excellent review!

Bradbury certainly is passionate, and he is a supporter of the libraries! (Got to love him for that). I feel like I need to re-read this sometime soon!

pirate penguin said...

I had to read this book in high school... I found that I really liked it! Especially Clarisse's character. I liked how the Bradbury described her... it's too bad what happens to her though. :/

boatbuilding said...

Excellent review, I can't wait to have this book.

DS Card said...

I can't wait to get to this one! I hope you all like this.

hmsgofita said...

I loved this book...the movie was super weird...I'm kind of hoping they'll do a remake one day!

Zombie Girrrl said...

Movie you say? Hmm, I'll have to look into this... I always imagine books as movies while I'm reading, and this one was kinda odd in my head, but I loved it!
Who'd be a better Montag in a remake? Vigo Mortensen or Edward Norton? And if anyone says Kristin Stewart as Clarrise, I'll have a coronary! =P

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