27 June, 2014

Book Club Friday: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

"Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns."
This was such an interesting read. The book was named after the temperature in which book paper combusts. It's set in the 1950s, in a society Ray Bradbury named his award-winning book after the temperature in which book paper combusts. Set in a society that considers books subversive, Fahrenheit 451 presents a situation similar to martial law or a totalitarian state. In this story, books are considered illegal. If they're discovered, the books are burned. Anyone who owns books get arrested and some of them are set to be killed. Harsh, really harsh.

Being the book-lover that I am, it almost crushed my heart to imagine a world without books. It's distressing. People were limited to watching TV. There were those who embraced this kind of lifestyle and there were also those who thought otherwise. Why would the government want to ban books? Simple. It's all for control because books open people's minds to different worlds and to new ideas.

In a nutshell:
This is a broken society where books are ruthlessly burned and firemen start the fire.

Get caught with books, you're dead. Everyone contributes to a shared sacrifice.

Television is the preferred medium because it feeds people whatever information the government wants.


I was faced with conflict while reading this book. There was book-lover Russ who was very much affected and wanted to switch off the TV in our house forever. Then, there's the Russ who studied advertising, TV is an effective medium to promote your products ... yada, yada, yada, yada, yada.

For me, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is a tribute to all the great writers of our time and should be an inspiration to all aspiring writers. Although it showed how powerful a medium television could be and how the government can control information and manipulate people, the book affirmed that I'm a more knowledgeable reader and viewer because I don't believe most of the stuff I watch on TV. I may have gotten this kind of attitude as a result of studying advertising and well yea, practicing it. Despite this fact, I find the book relevant to our times: while there's a bit of censorship issues presented, one conflict that I see is that of New Media vs. Traditional Media.

"Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You'd find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more 'literary' you are. That's my definition anyway. Telling detail. Fresh detail. The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies. So now you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life."

Anyway, you know that my reviews don't delve so much into the details. I don't want to ruin it for you and yes, I want you to read the book because I am giving Fahrenheit 451 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★



Did you read anything good lately? I invite you to share these awesome reads with the rest of the girls at Book Club Friday.
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My last Book Club Friday post was Jennifer Smith's This Is What Happy Looks Like.
☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Good Vibes.__RUSS.

30 comments:

bxcrochet said...

That was actually one of the books I had to read in high school. I should read it again because I don't remember much of it.

Michelle F.

JaimeLovesStuff said...

I haven't read Farenheit 451 in years- at least since High School and I do need to re-read it. I love Ray Bradbury!

Heather Jones said...

Wow it sounds a lot like 1984 or Big Brother. I too can't imagine a world without books or let alone being killed for being a book owner. My nightly ritual of reading to my kids...what did the kids do in school if not learn from books? Crazy!

Kung Phoo said...

5 star review.. that is awesome! Your write up makes me want to check it this..

Metanoia Living said...

I've heard about this book! I will definitely try and read it. I always love getting book suggestions :)

Rachael Yerkes said...

I think I read this back in high school, and It was hard to imagine life without books, stories, etc. Good review.

Emelina Spinelli said...

looks interesting for sure, I don't really read much outside of personal development but tribute to great writers sounds good!

Bernadette Callahan said...

First, I love the name and the meaning of it. I am always on the lookout for new and good books to read, especially over the summer. I might have to get a copy. Thanks!

Sherri Jo said...

I read this again not too long ago... I loved it so much. I can't wait until my kids are a little older to read it too.

EmmaT said...

I don't tend to read heavy books anymore after studying as I just don't have time anymore. This looks like an interesting and potentially controversial book. Maybe I should look it out

Tonya Lewis said...

Oh wow I remember this book from school. Talk about a blast from the past.

Jenny Tate said...

I remember this one.. might have to go read again!

Maria Constanza Oller said...

Wow I haven't read Fahrenheit 451 in years, I need to read it again because I barely remember the plot

Liz Mays said...

I really appreciate the recommendation. That's one of his books I haven't read yet, so thanks!

Rebecca Swenor said...

Seems like an interesting read. I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

Hilary @ The RNY Life said...

I've actually never heard of this book. I guess I'll have to add it to my Summer Reading list. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading it :)

Julie Tucker said...

Books are so much more comforting to read than watching tv or reading on the new readers. There is something romantic about turning the page. I would die if all the books were burned. I may get this one. Thanks!

Leira Pagaspas said...

I've never heard of this book but it looks like its a very nice read. Thanks for sharing I will look for an ebook copy of this book.

Zulema Tomlinson said...

I am terrible... if a book doesnt have hot vampires or wizards, I dont want to read it. Great review though.

Emilee said...

I actually haven't read this book before... I'm kind of ashamed to admit that ahah! I need to put it on my "to-read" list.

Michelle Christopher said...

I had to read this in high school. Even then I couldn't understand burning books. Books are my favorite things and I look forward to each book I read.

John Lopez said...

I wish I had time to read, I'm too busy commenting on blog posts and tweeting lol.

Sandy Sandler said...

I've never read this book. I always see it pop up on must read book list. Thanks for the reminder!

Ann B said...

I hope to read a bunch of books this summer. I love sitting outside and enjoying a good book. Thanks for sharing!

Sweepster said...

This is a great book that everyone should read. I read this in high school and loved it.

ivoryglass.com said...

I can't get enough of books I read too many always looking for more to add to the list thanks for sharing

ivoryglass.com said...

I can't get enough of books I read too many always looking for more to add to the list thanks for sharing

ivoryglass.com said...

I can't get enough of books I read too many always looking for more to add to the list thanks for sharing

Michael said...

Nice review, Bradbury is master....haven’t read this in forever....I am currently reading a novella by John Farris called The Ransome Girls and a adventure book called Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth.

Rena McDaniel said...

What a great review! I will definitely have to add this to my summer reading list. I just can't imagine a world without books.