As you can probably tell right now, I’m going through a slight sci-fi phase, and I don’t regret it.
Whilst procrastinating revision for my mocks, I listened to and read the whole of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and I decided to share it with you in this Friday Book Share.
If you can’t remember the rules, find them here.
The temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns.
First line of the book
It was a pleasure to burn.
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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 Mecahnical 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 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 classic of twentieth-century literature which over fifty years from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.
Introduce the main character using only three words
Guy Montag – bewildered, lost romantic
This is a book for those who are looking for direction in their lives. It reminds you that there is more than just drifting through life searching for the most pleasurable experiences.
It also reminded me of the intellectual pleasure and importance of books.
Your favourite line/scene
‘”Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted
Stuff your eyes with wonder,” he said, “live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that,” he said, “shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.”’
You can buy Fahrenheit 451 here at Amazon UK.
If you want to do this #FridayBookShare, the rules are in my first one. I definitely welcome you guys to do this #FridayBookShare!
Although this is meant to be every Friday, I will probably just post them once I’ve finished a book. What’s your favourite book you’ve read so far this 2017? Have you ever seen a stage adaptation of your favourite book? Let me know in the comments!