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Fahrenheit 451 ― Ray Bradbury― “A book is a loaded gun in the house next door…Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?”

Lit criticism: the explanation of this quote


I liked the idea and the premise of the book. The concept of burning books in a repressive society. How this is something terrifying that I can see happening because it had happened already… The act of burning books is a strong statement of censorship, repression, and fear from the political forces since:

“ Governments don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. That is against their interests. They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation. ” — George Carlin

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So I love the idea of the story. However, I feel that the book is a little bit confusing and all over the place… I mean that the narration sometimes is so convulsive that it’s hard to follow. At moments, I didn’t understand what the author was saying or where he was going… And some other times everything was so clear and so good… I can see the themes, the symbols (poison blood, the mirrors, the juxtaposition of fire as an element to warm up and as an element of destruction), and the romantic elements of nature and its perfection over the human creation that even though the technology is predominant, nature always find its way into it… so maybe I was just too excited to read this book and I had so many expectations of the book… that I got a little bit disappointed because it’s not what I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong it is a good book, but not the best I have read so far in the classics bucket.

The movie: an outrageous waste of money. The romanticization of Clarice and Montag, the extra mysterious elements and forced final… and the rebels… not the best adaptation of a book.


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17 comments

  1. I had similar feelings about the book. Liked the whole idea, but the writing was not particularly enjoyable.
    Haven’t seen the movie but i wasn’t planning on watching it either 😀

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    1. Don’t watch it xD it is terrible and the sexualization of Guy and Clarisse’s relationship was awful… It was so weird and confusing 😦 like I really didn’t quite get all the book xD

      Thank you for reading :3 and commenting!!

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    1. A friend from work has read the book like 8 times and she loves it… I am happy that it wasn’t only me who got all confused xD so yes, maybe a second time will make more sense?? Haha the movie doesn’t help though xD the new one xD

      Thank you for reading :3

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  2. Dear Satou,
    Fahrenheit 451 is still on my Want-to-read-list. Your review was really interesting! So far I heard only positiv reviews, but you made me quite curious with all the things that bothered you. So because of you, I will order the book next month, haha.

    Have a great weekend,
    Love,
    Sarah

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    1. Awww that is so nice! Thank you for taking the time to read the review! And I am happy that you are reading the book next month! I hope you like the book xD
      Honestly :3 don’t watch the movie…. XD

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