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Friday, June 17, 2005

Just Read: Fahrenheit 451

Written by Ray Bradbury

Summary taken from the book:
Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames… never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do…

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The gist of this novel is basically about how books pose a threat to the futuristic society. It is illegal to read or even keep them and if you happen to be caught having one in your house, the firemen would be called to burn them. Some of the ones who were caught, were burned with their books because they couldn’t bear the very idea of losing them. I guess that’s what you call book love eh?

Unfortunately though, it took me 130 pages before I could finally understand this book. Although it was hard for me to put it down. By the time I read the last line though I was amazed at the story and the author.

Being a booklover myself (heck, in fourth grade I was in a club called, “the booklovers club”!), the very thought of a law that makes reading or keeping a book illegal is terrifying. How can someone live without reading?

I hope that in the future (whether I’m dead or alive) this idea would never come to real life. Reading should always be legal.

I give this book a 3 only because it took me a long time to understand it, but still, do check it out especially if you love books because this is an interesting story. It’s definitely not the usual.

Source- library book

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