Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Stars: ****

This book was read for the 888 Challenge, Classics Challenge 2008, Well-Rounded Challenge, Novella Challenge, Herding Cats and Book Awards II Challenge (National Book Award). I’d also like to recommend it as a book for next year’s Numbers challenge and the Bibliography challenge if it comes back.

Summary: Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames… never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do…

The plot was very good, a novel about a future where books are banned and burned and everyone just does what they are told and worries about nothing. Reading the accompanying interview with Ray Bradbury in the book and the afterword helped me understand it a bit better. I still had trouble though for the same reason why I didn’t like Something Wicked This Way Comes. I like to-the-point books, not long detailed descriptions and ramblings which Ray Bradbury seems to be fond of.

I don’t have a whole lot to say and there are others who have reviewed it more indepth so here are some links to them:
From Challenging Destiny
From Book-O-Rama
From You Can Never Have Too Many Books

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.