Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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

Book Rating

4/5

Book Review

I know… I know what you guys are thinking. “She’s just now reading Fahrenheit 451?” Yep, that’s me! Always late to the party. But hey, I made it right before HBO releases their movie.  If you haven’t read the book, and you’re anything like me, do not watch that trailer until you have completed the book! I like having no visuals, and after I read it and watched this trailer, I got goosebumps all over. I can’t wait to see this movie, I mean its my top anticipated thing right now, I have alerts set and I’m totally watching it on the premier. May 19th at 8 PM will be a good time for me.

Anyway, back to my review of the book. I really enjoyed it. I can definitely see why it’s been analyzed and talked about so much. I can’t tell if Bradbury wrote it pro-book, or anti-TV. If I did some research and read it more carefully again, maybe I could tell. But, it’s definitely a message that you can get caught up in so many things that do not truly matter, that don’t show you anything, and that you can forget to feel and observe the world around you. You can go on auto-pilot, and care about things that give you nothing in return, but you will be unhappy, and you may not even know why.

I love how the book tells you that reading transports you to different worlds, shows you different points of view, and wakes you up to the world around you. Reading is a powerful tool. We’ve all heard the quotes that readers live 1,000 lives. This book seems to be based upon that idea. That reading shows you points of views and transports you to worlds you otherwise may not be able to visit.

Anyway, the only reason I took one star off is that I didn’t feel like things were described adequately. I was trying to picture the seashell, and trying to picture the “walls” devices they used, and having a really hard time doing so. I also thought it ended really abruptly and selfishly, I wanted more. Luckily, I live in the day and age where we have master directors that turn books into films and add a lot about their interpretation of the book. Hopefully the movie will quench my thirst!

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