Another review of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and another opinion.
What happens when the firemen become the enemy? In a future where owning books is a crime, and where visual and audio entertainment rule the world; there are few men and women left that have ever heard of the greatest authors and theologeans of our history. Relics of a generation overshadowed by a culture immersed in three-walled televisions, they are all that stand between total oblivion and utter chaos in a world threatened with complete annihilation.
Guy Montag haa been a firefighter for more than ten years. Life was good, and he can't picture it any other way, that is, until a young girl named Clarisse McClellan comes into his life. An oddball of sorts, Clarisse's head was filled with all sorts of forbidden thoughts, and her habits did not include mindlessly watching three walls of television with her family; rather, she enjoyed standing amongst a crowd, watching, listening, and analysing their every twitch. A student of human nature, and an outcast, Clarisse befriends Guy quickly, but before he could learn her secrets to life, she disappears.
Getting on with his life, Guy remains oblivious to the changes occuring within himself, until one day when he asks his wife how they met. When neither of them can find the answer, Guy begins to undergo a series of changes that led him on an adventure of discovery that would cost him his wife, his house, his job, and his very life as he knew it.
A stunning journey of eye-opening lessons to man's future, and of how it happens, as told by a fireman whose job it is to burn books. A novel where the ending truly means the end, and where death means nothing, "Fahrenheit 451" is a book worth reading, and a great addition to any science fiction reader's collection.
Title: Fahrenheit 451