Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

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Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

Initial thoughts 

 I’d watched, and loved, the film when I was younger and so I’d always planned to read it. My Dad has introduced me to some great classics now that I think about it. It got bumped up because I’d read The Fireman by Joe Hill and it had been mentioned there and I was like, yes, wanna read it. NOW.

Can you believe this was written in nine days on a rented typewriter?!

Writing

I think the writing is going to be like Marmite. You’re either going to love it or hate it. I thought it was very good. Yes, at times a little too poetic-y, but I feel like we were in the chaos that was the character’s head and the world around him.It was still very plain language for the most part which I’m a big fan of. 

Plot

The concept, the message, was brilliant and I think is really important for today. It’s scary that this was written so many years ago, and it’s almost like we’re living in this Dystopian world now. But, while, the message was excellent, I felt like the book was over before it began. It moved way too quick and the story itself for the sake of the teachings in it. 

Characters

All of the characters are very, very interesting. I can see that they’re complex, but unfortunately we only get to skim the surface and I sooooo wanted to dive deep under. Beatty is one character I was SUPER interested in.

Overall thoughts

This book was really hard for me to rate. On one hand, I feel the plot didn’t live up to its full potential, but on the other, the message and meaning, transcended that. This book really spoke to me, and for that I’ll be giving it a higher rating than I would have. 


Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 5 grey

Have you ever read a book that just spoke to you, even if parts were not that good? If so, tell me about them!


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