Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Book Review)

Title: Farenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Rating: 3/5

Made me appreciate books even more.

It was my first dystopian novel and I must say, I find it bizarre – the setting, the plot, the character roles and the whole novel. Not really my cup of tea.

Nevertheless, this novel gave me a much better bond with books.

“There must be something in books. Things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house.”

Yes, there is something in books that is indescribable and just like the other old books that I have read, there  is much more in store for you than the story in the novel. This is the type of book that will leave you thinking about some “symbolism” that it tries to convey to its readers.

I can’t help but also remember Nanay Coring’s story during the Japanese era here in the Philippines wherein the government controls the books to be sold and Nanay Coring tried to hide some of those “illegal” books in their storage room.

It saddens me that though the novel is fiction in nature, it does happen in the real world. And this must be the reason for it:

“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door…Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?”

Government feared people who are well versed when it comes to writing and reading. Because words can be very powerful and can implant anything in the minds of the readers, thus can ignite the burning passion within them. As I come up with the word “dystopia” and googled it,

A dystopia is a community or society, usually fictional, that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. It is the opposite of a utopia. Such societies appear in many works of fiction, particularly in stories set in a speculative future. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Elements of dystopias may vary from environmental to political and social issues. – From Wikipedia

Quotes you’d love from the book

“It was pleasure to burn.”

“It was a special pleasure to see things eaten; to see things blackened and changed.”

“Do you ever read any of the books you burn? He laughed, ‘That’s against the law.'” “He was not happy. He wore his happiness like a mask.” “Strangers come and violate you.” “Strangers come and cut your heart out.”

“Books were only one type or receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”

“The good writer touch life often.”

“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you will never learn.”

“Three things books can give you
1. quality information
2. Leisure to digest it.
3. Right to carry out action based on what we learn from interaction of the first two.”

“Mr Montag, you are looking at a coward. I saw the way things were going a long time back. I said nothing. I’m one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the “guilty” but I didn’t speak and thus became guilty myself.”

I would also compare dystopian novels with two books written by Philippines’ National Hero, Jose RizalNoli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Wherein, he wrote those novels to depict a Filipino life during the Spanish era and thus has ignited Filipino’s nationalism and the reason why they started to voice out fight for their freedom. The only difference is the futuristic theme of a dystopian novel.

Other famous dystopian: Hunger Games

PS: Big thanks to my friend Golda for getting me the ebook version and also Ryan for the recommendation. 🙂

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