What if Books are Forbidden?: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Book Review

This is my first time reading Fahrenheit 451 and I’ve only read it for the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge. It makes me wonder how I haven’t read this book before since the premise of Fahrenheit 451 is a bookworm’s nightmare- what if books are banned?

Fahrenheit 451 centers around Guy Montag, a fireman. However, in this dystopian future, firemen aren’t people who puts out fire- they start them. Firemen are tasked to destroy anything that’s contrary to the “peaceful” and “uncomplex” lifestyle the people are living in that time . People wants nothing more to be entertained right on the spot with petty entertainment. In this time, people spends most of their time in their parlors with their walls as television. Since books have conflicting subjects, they may disrupt the people’s shallowness so they are forbidden. Another reason is that people hate being outsmarted and so people hate a well-read man/woman. Guy Montag was once one of the people who are living believing they are happy but he soon realizing his life is a lie when he meets a carefree girl named Clarisse. Guy then soon starts to question his profession when a woman chooses to be burned with her books. Guy starts to wonder what could possibly be in books that they needed to be burned.

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”

Having seen this book is “Books You Must Read At Least Once in Your Life” lists, I had high expectations for this book. Sadly, I was disappointed. Fahrenheit 451 had a strong start but it was not really able to sustain my interest. I feel like Fahrenheit 451 was lacking in showing the readers what’s so precious about the book. I find the book lacking the punch that makes us realize things in a dystopia.

Overall, reading this book wasn’t really a bad experience. Fahrenheit 451 had its highlights, they just didn’t blow me away.


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