Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


About the book:

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 Mechanical 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.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

My thoughts:

Fahrenheit 451 was one of this month’s book club choices on the Rick O’Shea Book Club and I had it on my bookshelves so I figured now was as good a time as any to get reading it.

It’s a relatively short book, probably even readable in one sitting, but it took me a couple of days to get through for various reasons.

I didn’t know what to expect going into it. I just remembered something about burning books when I had read about it previously. I have the anniversary edition, pictured above, so I’m going to give some advice. DO NOT READ THE INTRODUCTION! It contains spoilers for the book, which I only found out about AFTER I read it!

I think this slightly spoiled it a little for me because it meant I knew partly what to expect. In saying that, Fahrenheit 451 wasn’t a bad read. But I do think the majority of it went a bit over my head. I don’t tend to read classics, of any description, and this being written years ago meant it didn’t grab me.

I don’t know what I’ve read. And if it wasn’t for Rick I don’t know when I’d have picked it up. I can’t say that I loved it as the majority of it just passed me by. I don’t think that I got it to be honest.
I’m glad I read it though. I think if you like sci-fi/dystopian fiction, then you’ll enjoy this one!