Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 3464020339 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Urla of Galway, Co. Galway Ireland on 3/22/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by Urla from Galway, Co. Galway Ireland on Saturday, March 22, 2008
In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires - they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal - a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, "Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs ... Don't give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."

Guy Montag is a book-burning fireman undergoing a crisis of faith. His wife spends all day with her television "family," imploring Montag to work harder so that they can afford a fourth TV wall. Their dull, empty life sharply contrasts with that of his next-door neighbor Clarisse, a young girl thrilled by the ideas in books, and more interested in what she can see in the world around her than in the mindless chatter of the tube. When Clarisse disappears mysteriously, Montag is moved to make some changes, and starts hiding books in his home. Eventually, his wife turns him in, and he must answer the call to burn his secret cache of books. After fleeing to avoid arrest, Montag winds up joining an outlaw band of scholars who keep the contents of books in their heads, waiting for the time society will once again need the wisdom of literature.

Journal Entry 2 by Urla from Galway, Co. Galway Ireland on Wednesday, March 26, 2008
On its way to KYH.

Journal Entry 3 by KYH from Siegburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, April 7, 2008

Ein Buch aus dem "Buch der 1000 Bücher".

One of the Books from the "Harenberg Buch der 1000 Bücher".

Thank you for sending it, Urla.

Journal Entry 4 by KYH at Siegburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Vom Mount Everest zum Brocken: Bergabbau-Challenge 2010 (Übersicht)
Dezember: Lies in diesem Monat mindestens ein Buch, das mit Büchern, Buchstaben, Lesen, Schreiben oder so zu tun hat. Auch Autoren namens "Buch" oder so zählen.
=> Thema: Bücherverbrennung

What I found most interesting is what reasons are given for the book-banning and book-burning. Starting with "people don't read that much anymore", continued with "the attention span is low" coming to "people prefer TV".
The good thing: I have heard all that in the last few years - but the book is written in the 50ies - and people are still reading...
There were more reasons, but this is what hit me most...
I didn't liked the end really, it was sort of a short cut. But hey, you can't have all.

Journal Entry 5 by KYH at Siegburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Released 13 yrs ago (6/15/2011 UTC) at Siegburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany


Now Travelling in a Box/
Reist in der 1000 Bücher Box von calendulaa

Journal Entry 6 by Liondancer at Braunschweig, Niedersachsen Germany on Monday, June 20, 2011
Two years ago I had read the German translation so this copy travels on with the box.

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