June challenge

Last month I read Fahrenheit 451 and right now the temperature is rising here. It feels like holidays… oh wait! I am on holidays. Still looking for a job here (besides my job at GelezenOnline as blogger) and it’s quite challenging when you don’t speak the language fluently. I’m trying and I already understand more than before but it’s still difficult. How do other people do it? I wonder every day. Anyway, this blog post is not about that. It’s about fireman Guy Montag and my new reading challenge.

What did I think about Fahrenheit 451? I thought it was an interesting look at how technology can change people/the world. A lot of people claim it’s about censorship and the government, which I do understand: they ban books and no one is allowed to have their own thoughts/ideas. Without books, everyone’s happier they say. However, according to an interview with Bradbury, it’s about how television is killing the need to read literature. Which also makes sense since it wasn’t the government who at first banned the books. People didn’t want to read themselves anymore. They wanted to be surrounded by their ‘family’ on the TV screens. It’s an interesting take on the future (the book was published in 1953) and I’m happy it’s not like this. Yes, people spend a lot of time on their phones/Internet/cat videos/everything but we still love to read.

What I liked the most about the book was that you could feel the inner battle of Montag. He didn’t know what to do and it made him so angry. He made some (wrong) choices but you understand where he’s coming from. He’s trying to figure out life. He wants to know, or better understand life with books and having your own ideas and thoughts. He’s not happy now, so why can’t he be happy with books?

The part what I didn’t like was sometimes the writing style of repeating numbers or sentences. Sometimes Bradbury is counting in the book or saying a word three times in a row. For me, it’s slowing down the pace of the story. What do you think?

Anyway, a new month has approached and it’s time for a book that starts with the same letter as your name (yes I cheated I couldn’t find a book about my hometown).

Drumroll… it’s… Lord of the flies by William Golding. This book was published in 1954, just one year after Fahrenheit 451. Lord of the flies is about a group of British boys who are stranded on an island and trying to govern themselves. Let’s see what will happen…

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