Rating: 3/5 stars
Read if You Enjoy: Historical fiction, dystopia
The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.
Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.
Goodreads Status Updates:
32%: “Is there even chapters lol”
75%: “A lot just happened at once”
“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”
It’s said that Fahrenheit 451 is one of the few books that everyone should read. The messages it sends, the ideas is depicts – we should all witness them, and learn from them.
And I agree. Really, I do.
Unfortunately, though, I would not say this book stands for much more than the pedestal it is put on – we read this book to say we’ve read it, and I come to this conclusion based on the fact that it was not an enjoyable read.
Well written? Yes.
Poorly paced? Dragging? Dull? Yes, yes, yes.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I assure you, I appreciate the writing in this book, just as I appreciated the importance of the messages it sends, and the views it challenges. I appreciate this so much so that I would give it 5/5 stars for content, for the plot, and for the importance it puts on books (which I am definitely an advocate for.)
I would not say, however, that it is a great book. Whilst analysing and re-analysing, I see that people tend to gloss over the fact that the majority of this book is dialogue. Long, interminable sections of speech, pages and pages of the stuff, so monotonous that I my mind switched off before it even got to its message. And between the monologues is quick bursts of action wherein absolutely everything changes. In short, the pace of this book was all over the place, and I didn’t enjoy the stopping and starting and stopping and starting at all.
Furthermore, I finished the book feeling unsatisfied. Whilst you could presume I care for the fates of the characters, you’d be wrong; the characters were insipid and soulless and lacked any defining characteristics. So no, I do not care for their fates. I do, however, wish to know more about the society this book is set in – I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed this book much more had I been given a broader insight into the world I was reading about.
In general, whilst I found this book tedious, the ideas presented are unquestionably ingenious, and I do not regret reading this book for a second. Thus, I awarded it 3/5 stars.