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?”

No reader can dive into this book without having any expectations about its message, power, and how it can change the world. Ray Bradbury wrote this book 70 years ago without knowing that today, the story and criticism were as accurate and relatable as ever. With a gloomy tone and chaotic events, Bradbury’s novel denounces how entertainment and the constant looking for “happiness” can drive the mind numb and the people blind.

Bradbury creates a dystopic world ruled by an oppressive government whose oppression is reinforced by the fireman, once a symbol of hope and salvation. In this world, humanity is blinded from understanding and knowing what is happening around them. Through television, drugs, lack of education, and lies, the civilians are under control and in constant surveillance. Happiness is the final goal, and asking too many questions will get you killed.

Inspired by WWII and the atrocities carried by the Nazis, Bradbury brings to the table the power and consequences of knowledge and the repercussions of what burning books mean. The concept of burning books is fundamental in a repressive society, and the act of burning them is a strong statement of censorship, control, 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

If one starts to break down the characters and events, one can trace down all the detonators of Mustang, the main character, and how he starts to open his eyes and see the truth. Literary speaking, the novel is rich in symbols starting from fire, the fireman (mainly the juxtaposition of fire as an element to warm up and as an element of destruction), and the forgettable mind of humanity. Interestingly enough, the novel also gives importance to the oral tradition of telling stories and passing knowledge, without knowing Bradbury confirms that audiobooks are books and count as reading.

As relevant as ever, Fahrenheit 451 will stay as a reminder that humanity will be driven always by fear and war. How the people in power, either politicians, conservatives, or religious groups will ain to censure and keep people without knowing better because who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?

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  1. Priyasha Avatar

    What a lovely review

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  2. Norrie Avatar

    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. Satou Johns Avatar

      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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  3. thebookprescription Avatar

    I share your opinion on this one, I like the idea but I never understood the book. It was so confusing for me. Maybe I will consider a future re-read

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      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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      1. thebookprescription Avatar

        you’re welcome

        I was going to give the movie a try as I thought it would be better but I think that we should just give it up for the time being 😦

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      2. Satou Johns Avatar

        hmmm well if you want to watch it that is fine… you might find it better than the book… but I think they changed some things that didn’t make sense but oh well… XD

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  4. sarahricchizzi Avatar

    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,

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      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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    2. Satou Johns Avatar

      Here! You can use this link ❤ https://amzn.to/2nSMf8S

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      1. sarahricchizzi Avatar

        thank you for sharing! ❤

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      2. Satou Johns Avatar

        Thank you for reading and supporting ❤

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  5. Kelly Brigid Avatar

    Lovely review! I’m glad you enjoyed the book, despite how confusing it was at times! I still need to read this one at some point!

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      You can take you time doing so xD And it was not exactly what I was expecting or wanting it to be 😦

      I hope you do enjoy it :3

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