Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury | Literature & Fiction |
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Registered by book-a-neer of Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on 11/1/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by book-a-neer from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Friday, November 01, 2019
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television 'family'. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

Journal Entry 2 by book-a-neer at Blackburn South, Victoria Australia on Friday, November 01, 2019

Released 8 mos ago (11/1/2019 UTC) at Blackburn South, Victoria Australia

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Sent to the Classic Sweeps Winner. Congrats!

Journal Entry 3 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Friday, November 29, 2019
A neat parcel arrived in Delphi, containing Fahrenheit 451, BC stickers, an other book and two beautiful bookmarks -one featuring a couple of koalas, one featuring a song sparrow.
The envelope was slightly torn but I don't think anything was missing?

Thank you very much book-a-neer, you made my day!

Journal Entry 4 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Monday, December 30, 2019
This is a very important book, poignant and caustic (pun intended). Its themes are timely and profetic, like the estragment of people from one another, the lack of critical thinking or thinking at all, the focus of individuals and society on superficial, silly things, the manipulation and censorship of the masses from governments, the deciding for us without us and many more... The central idea of this novel is a very clever one and I don't think there is anyone who read this book and regretted reading it. It offers lots of food for thought.

That said, the world building is a bit simplistic and naive, while the plot feels somehow fragmental. Ray Bradbury had written 4-5 short stories loosely touching on the theme of the book, Latter he wrote a 25000 words' long story called The Fireman. At some point he found someone to publish his story, but he required to develop it into a novela, adding 25000 words more. The author re-worked on this story, adding some passages, like the speaches of Beatty and some exempts of other literature books, finishing it in 9 days, and thus Fahrenheit 451 was born...

20/10 for the central premisse, the messages and the ideas, but 6/10 on the execution, format and literary value.

Journal Entry 5 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at One Book a Month, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Released 4 mos ago (2/26/2020 UTC) at One Book a Month, RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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This book felt homesick, so it's now on its way back to Australia, at least for a little while. And then... who knows?

Good Luck little book and Don't forget to write your news from time to time!

Journal Entry 6 by readinghelps at Inverell, New South Wales Australia on Friday, March 13, 2020
Received yesterday. Thanks!

Hope to read this after I've finished Plays, by Oscar Wilde

Journal Entry 7 by readinghelps at Inverell, New South Wales Australia on Friday, March 27, 2020
Lent to a friend. I'm now reading Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

Journal Entry 8 by readinghelps at Inverell, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Back to me again.

Right now I'm reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce

Journal Entry 9 by readinghelps at Inverell, New South Wales Australia on Monday, April 06, 2020
Lent to a friend.

Journal Entry 10 by readinghelps at Inverell, New South Wales Australia on Monday, April 20, 2020
Back to me again.

Journal Entry 11 by readinghelps at Inverell, New South Wales Australia on Monday, April 27, 2020
Finished this one. On the one hand, it's an almost cartoony book, with all the characters one-dimensional except for Guy Montag, the protagonist. On the other hand, it's a fantastic book, if you read it as a 'fable' or 'fairy tale' and don't worry too much about nuance. So much of it is very prescient for today's world. The Nazi and Communist book-burnings would have been fresh in the public imagination when this was written. The censorship of the McCarthy era nearly prevented it from being published. Today, we don't hear much about book burnings, but I think we are alot closer to Bradbury's superficial society now, and yes we have our modern equivalent of book-burnings Here’s just one example. but it's surely happening quietly everywhere. So, friends, keep collecting and treasuring the classics, especially. I've passed this on to a friend.

I am now reading The Gospel in Dostoyevsky.

Journal Entry 12 by readinghelps at Inverell, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Back to me again.

I'm now reading The Full Cupboard of Life, by Alexander McCall Smith

Journal Entry 13 by readinghelps at A Bench on Otho Street in Inverell, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (6/3/2020 UTC) at A Bench on Otho Street in Inverell, New South Wales Australia

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Left on a bench on Otho Street. Happy travels!

I'm now reading Another Life is Possible, by Clare Stober.

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