Thursday, September 9, 2010

Banned Book: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Del Rey
Paperback, 165 pages
Date Published: Originally in 1953

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.

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 midnights runs or 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...  

1999 in Mississippi due to the use of the term ‘God damn.’ Has also been challenged because of ‘questionable themes’ in the past.
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Fahrenheit 451 is probably the best example of a banned book, in that it is essentially about book banning itself. In this dystopian world, firemen start fires instead of putting them out. They don’t burn anything though, they burn books. Books have become outlawed and anyone found to have them in their homes, promptly has their humble abode blazed to ashes.

The few ‘curse words’ that are present in the book don’t really stand out at all. They make more than enough sense in the context and to ban a book simply for a few bad words is ridiculous. Bradbury presents a world that is so similar to our own that people should read it; if only to get a picture of where life could someday go.

Guy Montag, the lead character and a fireman, begins to question his own society’s enslavement to the commercialization of family, religion, and life. Instead of sitting in front of a television and talking to complete strangers that are referred to as ‘the family,’ Montag wants to truly socialize, so he questions the government.

In banning Fahrenheit 451, schools, libraries, etc. are telling students and young people to never question anything. To just stroll through life completely dependent on the government or other leadership figures to decide everything for them. I’m saying, read this book, question practices and thoughts, be independent and think for yourself. Don’t ever allow yourself to be consumed by the collective thought simply because it seems like the right thing or the easy thing to do. Be happy in whatever way you choose. And if you’re reading this, then obviously you’re a reader, so happy reading to you.

Celebrate books and the treasures that hide between the covers and never let book banning stop you from a great read.

Opening line: It was a pleasure to burn. ~ pg. 3

Favorite line: But that’s the wonderful thing about man; he never gets so discouraged or disgusted that he gives up doing it all over again, because he knows very well it is important and worth the doing. ~ pg. 153
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.


Melissa said...

This is really one of my all-time favourite books. The story is original, fast, and truly engaging. I hate that it's banned! Great review :)

Jennifer said...

I read this book a few years ago, and it was amazing. It will remain a favourite for me. Great post!

brizmus said...

fabulous review of a fabulous book! This was my favorite junior high mandatory reading book. So good!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I think this will easily become one of my all-time favorite books. It was so much more than I imagined and I'm happy that you all agree with me :D

Em and Nora said...

I loved this book in high school. I really need to reread it someday soon. I'm watching the Truffaut film version today!

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