I am so glad that I finally read Fahrenheit 451.This was the reaction that i had somewhere in the back of my mind moments after I read the last page. FYI I read this book sometime back, last year maybe but i had this review scribbled down minutes after I finished the book but never got a chance to post it .But now today’s the day. No more delay. J
I am not the kinda guy who just reads classics ‘coz they are classics & you are suppose to read them sooner or later. I want them to be atleast interesting. I read the plot “Guy Montag , a fireman & his job is to burn books. A world where Firemen start fires & specially burn books as they are outlawed” & man , I thought this is definitely gonna be my next read.
“It was a pleasure to burn.
It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed “ .....
And I was hooked. It’s pretty rare that you develop interest right away from the first couple of pages. For years people are trying to decode or atleast understand the true message behind this classic work by Late. Mr. Bradbury. The visionary piece of writing is what grabs your attention throughout. This book was published in 1953 & the writer was able to assume & predict the things 50 years from then . At that time it was just fictional but if you read it now i.e. 60 yrs from its publication then you are surely gonna be astonished to see how the writer was so sure about where the world is headed. Poetic writing is what I like the most about Mr. Bradbury which in this book lacked a little making it a quick & an easy read. Writing is crisp though. This book never feels as if you are reading a classic(in a “doesn’t bore you” sense) because it is so fresh & way ahead of its time that anybody who prefers staying away from classics can also give it a try. As most of you must have heard , this book is about censorship & a dystopian world that reflects our present &future. I certainly didn’t feel anything irrelevant about it. Book is short & to the point. It is certainly gonna be a great read for a bibliophile because ???..hmm??...Read it & know it for yourself :p. Saying more about it would just be a spoiler & that would do injustice to this great book.
A classic which reads like as if somebody travelled 50 yrs into the future & jot down this amazing work.
I personally felt Mr. Ray Bradbury’s writing was visionary, unique & captivating.
R.I.P Mr. Ray Bradbury. Great Work!
Some quotes from the book :
“The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.”
“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”
P.S. – Mr. Bradbury wrote an early 25,000-word draft of Fahrenheit 451 in nine days on rented typewriters in a basement at UCLA.
A fact I think you guys should know J