Author: Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television ‘family’. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.
I had to read this book for a Communications Media course at my college, and I was pretty glad that I enjoyed it! The book is split into three big chapters, and I flew right through them when I was reading. The story is very interesting and keeps you on your toes.
I think I found it most intriguing because I never really thought about a world where books are banned, since they play such a large role in our society today. I mean, I’m a book blogger, so they play even a bigger role in my own personal life.
Despite some of the parts of the books being extremely interesting, every once in a while the book would hit a lot and get kind of slow-paced, which is why I only gave this book four stars.
Looking back on it now, this is definitely a classic dystopian novel, and I will be sure to check out more of Bradbury’s pieces in the future.