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The Book Report: Fahrenheit 451

08/06/2012

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Rating: 8/10

This is a special edition of “The Book Report” because of the passing of Ray Bradbury.

Ray Bradbury is credited by some for bringing science fiction and fantasy style novels into the realm of literature.  He is also credited with an amazing body of work that reaches several styles of novels.  If you have yet to read one of his books I highly recommend checking one out.

In Fahrenheit 451 we follow a firefighter by the name of Montag whose job is not to put out fires but to start fires of books because books are banned in this futuristic society.  Through out Montag’s journey we seem him transition from agreeable civil servant (right at the beginning of the book) to the reluctant hero who is ultimately charged with….(spoilers below)

rebuilding society.  Montag and his cast of characters make unlikely heroes but in the society they live in they are presented as the only real option.

Some of my favorite parts of the book are Montag’s relationships. I enjoy the one with his Fire Chief Beatty probably the most because you find out Beatty used to be an avid reader but in the end he provokes Montag to kill him because of his internal conflict of loving books and being a Firefighter. I like this one a lot because it portrays multilevel conflict not just with in Montag and disagreeing with the establishment on a personal level but also with Beatty having his own conflict.

This is a relatively short book, only 137 pages in my copy, and yet still has some of the more interesting characters I have read. Over all I would say this book is a must read.  Some of the language and play on words can be a bit trying but overall it very much worth it.

~Peeta

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