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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a novel that expresses the evil of censorship, especially of books. Ironically, it has been challenged for questionable themes and foul language.

Guy Montag lives in a society where books are banned; in fact, he works as a fireman who burns any illegal books they find. The job even goes so far as burning those who will not let release their books.

Montag lives a decent life with his wife, who stays home and talks with her family via wire and watches videos all day. When he comes into contact with an unusual young woman, his perspective begins to change. The woman talks about how there used to be porches, rocking chairs, and conversation between people. At first he thinks her daft; however, as he begins to consider her words, he becomes troubled.

Montag sets out on a journey of self-discovery that eventually leads him into becoming an outcast.

Readers may find themselves challenged in their views by this novel, while others may find that they align with their own views.

Recommended Reads:
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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