“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door...Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?”
“But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them."Fahrenheit 451 was my book club's reading selection this month. Even though one member said she found the language too "flowery" and that there were too many metaphors, and another said she kept thinking, "will you just get on with it!", I say: What a great book to start off the year!
I won't say a lot about it, except that it's about a future society in which books are seen as a threat and therefore must be destroyed. Books give rise to independent thinking and ideas and this is dangerous indeed. Guy Montag, a firefighter whose responsibility is to burn books, comes to realize that they are precious and it is worth risking your life to save them.
I did a search of my blog this morning, using the term 'Ray Bradbury', and was interested to see that I've written seven posts concerning the author. Feel free to check them out.
There's a reason this short science-fiction work has stood the test of time. Read it for yourself to know why.