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Book Review #43: Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Pages: 227

One word review: Trenchant!

Goodreads: 3.98

Did you know?

The burning point of a book page is 451 degrees and different kinds of paper have different ignition temperature.

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel that explores the future in different genres. While reading, I was reminded of another similar classic, the 1984 novel. In this story we are introduced to a peculiar world which is deprived of books.

Favorite Book Quotes:

He says I'm a regular onion! I keep him busy peeling away the layers.

Obviously from the cover and the title of the book, one can make out that the story is about fire. It is indeed. But adding a dystopian future setting and creating a world of totalitarianism makes this novel every buck worth. You are exposed to this imaginative and futuristic world and introduced to the rituals of a common man, our cardinal character, whose profession is centred around the core plot. With interesting characters around this lead character, the sub plots kick in as the story progresses.

I am Plato's Republic. Like to read Marcus Aurelius? Mr Simmons is Marcus.

Moreover, the intriguing setting of the future world, in this story, is quite poignant and demands the imaginative minds of the reader to visualise his or her own version of the world. This is where, the book is incisive, in making the readers imaginative. What would you do? if you are faced with a life-changing decision. What would you do? If all that you have learned from your childhood are invalidated. The tale spins around such crucial questions and enchants the readers, exacting the philosophical side of the individual.

The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching.

With one of it's kind story line, a trenchant narration, and intelligent dialogues, Fahrenheit 451 is an outstanding book that you must read in your lifetime, no matter which century you may belong to.

What is fire? It's a mystery.

Verdict: Transport to this Futuristic World of Fire!

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