Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

     If you’re reading this blog, you undoubtedly appreciate books, and you probably value the opportunity to read books with a variety of viewpoints and to decide for yourself what you will think. If so, you’ll want to read this science fiction novel, originally published in 1953.

     Fahrenheit_451 It is considered a classic and is a popular title on high school reading lists. That’s about all I knew about it until recently. I learned from the book jacket that Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns. The story is set in the future, a time when houses are all fireproof and firemen, no longer needed to put out fires, have taken on a new task–that of discovering books hidden in people’s houses and then burning them. The main character is a fireman named Montag who ceases to enjoy his duties and wants to read great books and learn to think independently. He becomes dissatisfied with his society, which seeks superficial happiness and tries to destroy knowledge and ideas. You’ll find it a clever satire of our present world, a thought-provoking look at a future that we can work to avoid, and a suspenseful tale as well.

Helen Snow, Information Services

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