Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
I am surprised at how much I like this book. Usually when you are forced to read a book you hate it and never want to read it, but I almost read the whole book an two days. The ideas and symbolism that it holds are deep and meaningful. This book was written in the 1950s and it holds technology that we have today. Ray Bradbury has to be a time traveler or something how else would he know what are society would become. Also sometimes in the book it just starts to blurt out random words and you don't know what's going on. there is a thin line between Reality and Guy Montag's hallucinations. In general a fantastic read.
I recommend this book to everyone at the stage of self awareness, the younger bunch might be slightly more disturbed.
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