what she read :: fahrenheit 451

Another must read checked off the list.


This book was similar to 1984 in that it made a bold and eerie statement about where our world could be going.  Guy Montag is a firefighter, however, this instead of putting out fires, they start them, and only to destroy books, because books are “dangerous” for the mind; they allow you to have the freedom to think for yourself.  Society in the novel thought of this as a detriment.  Everyone should be the same and not question anything, which books would make them do.  I definitely agree with that.  Books open up your mind to so many new thoughts and ideas.  Could you even imagine a world without books?  Tragedy!

Here are some quotes that I really loved:

For how many people did you know that refracted your own light to you?

There are billions of us and that’s too many. Nobody know anyone. Strangers come and violate you. Strangers come and cut your heart out. Strangers come and take your bliss.

And he remembered thinking then that if she died, he was certain he wouldn’t cry. For it would be the dying of an unknown, a street face, a newspaper image, and it was suddenly so very wrong that he had begun to cry, not at death but at the thought if not crying at death, a silly empty man near a silly empty woman, while the hungry snake made her still more empty.

There must be something in books, things we cant imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.

As for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books. A man had to think them up.

School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually gradually neglected, finally almos completely ignores d. Life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies all about after work. Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts?

A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind. Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man.

It’s a pretty quick read and very well worth it.


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