Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury

Rating: 5 stars

I read this book years ago but pulled it down from the bookshelf to read on the plane home, partly because a friend adores it and has waxed lyrical for some time and partly from my new found interest in Bradbury. The language is Bradbury at his best, using tight prose to flesh out his dystopia in which books are banned and anybody found possessing them has their house burned down by firemen.

The snippets of poetry and quotes are well-chosen to make whatever point Bradbury wants to make at that moment (part of the argument of the firemen, as articulated by fire-chief Beatty, is that books are fickle and can argue against as well as for you) and the bitter-sweet ending is vivid indeed. This one’s recommended for lovers of literature, as well as dystopia fans.

Book details

ISBN: 9780307347978
Publisher: DeBolsillo
Year of publication: 1953

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