Monday, July 6, 2009

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury
Rated PG
This is a truly classic science fiction story. Set in a time when reading books is outlawed and firemen no longer douse fires but instead start them in order to rid the world of these dangerous books, Farenheit 451 chronicles the emotional and intellectual journey of a fireman, Guy Montag. Guy’s world is one in which no one is encouraged to think and absolutely no one is allowed to read. Thinking and reading lead to conflicting ideas, confusion, and unhappiness and in Guy’s world, uncontested, mindless happiness is paramount. Following several encounters with his neighbor, a 16-year old girl who challenges him to think, question, and observe, Guy considers that perhaps what the world touts as happiness isn’t really that at all. Perhaps there is something more, something greater out there. . . . perhaps the answer can be found in a book? But he must be careful if he wants to avoid his own home and life going up in flames. His journey of self-discovery and realization of the importance of ideas makes this a must-read for teens and adults alike.

This book is rated PG for some occasional, mild swearing.
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