Hadn’t put up a post for a while, so dug one out of my goodreads archive
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I first read Fahrenheit 451 in high school, and if you’d asked me at the time what it was about, I would tell you it was a parable about censorship. it is, to a point, but re-reading it now I pick up different things.
Bradbury wrote the first version of the book in nine days, and it shows- the book is very focused, and at times the characters lecture one another for pages upon pages. what emerges, however, is the author railing against the idea of a simplified society- Bradbury wants there to be complexity, and diversity, and ideas that make you sit up and listen. in the current age of soporific reality television and big dumb movies, it’s as noble a goal as any.
is it a perfect book? no. but it stays with you and occupies your thoughts after it is read; it calls for discussion, and debate, and disagreement. in doing so, it enriches those that read it, and that’s precisely the kind of thinking that Bradbury is calling for.