Wednesday, May 2, 2018

FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury is one of the best authors I've ever read. FAHRENHEIT 451 is in my top ten favorite books of all time. The man can write a story in more ways than one. Ray Bradbury says more in one sentence than most authors do in one paragraph. He uses the less is more approach to describe the sceneries. It's poetic. This book should be taught in schools. It's up there with Animal Farm and 1984. 

Ray Bradbury has created a bleak future that is full of interesting characters. It's a world run by the federal government. It's basically "Big Brother." Most of the people are like sheep. They watch and do the same exact things every day.  

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. 

Guy Montag is one of the best lead characters to ever grace the literary page. He is a fireman who enjoys burning books in the middle of the night. This all changed when he meets an odd seventeen-year-old girl. She tells him of a past when people were not afraid. 

Each character plays a pivotal role. The firemen are kind of scary. The professor is my favorite character, though. He tells Montag of a future in which people could think. Something clicks inside Montag and suddenly he knows what he must do. 

There is so much to love about FAHRENHEIT 451! When an author can hint at one of their other titles while telling another story is pure art. Each sentence is loaded, which is rare to see now days. I can't get over the prose! It is amazing what Ray Bradbury accomplished in such a short book. The characters have so much versatility. The dialogue is solid. The tension and the atmosphere is incredible. 

Ray Bradbury has created a world that I will visit time and time again. If you haven't read this book, please move it to the top of your TBR pile. This book has me thinking a lot lately. 


5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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