We didn’t start the fire
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none.
Fahrenheit 451 shows us an interesting story how how technology can change people/the world. A lot of people claim Fahrenheit 451 is 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.
Yes and no
What I liked the most in the book was that you could feel the inner struggle of Montag constantly. 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 that I didn’t like was Bradbury’s writing style sometimes. He had the habit of repeating numbers or sentences: counting in the book or saying a word three times in a row. To me, this is slowing down the pace of the story and there’s no need for it.
More yes than no
I would recommend this book to everyone who’s interested in dystopian words and who wants to read a classic.