“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

fahrenheit-451_50Wikipedia includes this information about the book:

Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953, is regarded as one of Bradbury’s best works. It is a dystopian novel that presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found.The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury understood to be the autoignition point of paper.

The novel has been the subject of interpretations, primarily focusing on the historical role of book burning in suppressing dissenting ideas. In a 1956 radio interview,Bradbury stated that he wrote Fahrenheit 451 because of his concerns at the time (during the McCarthy era) about censorship and the threat of book burning in the United States. In later years, he stated his motivation for writing the book in more general terms.

The novel has won multiple awards and has been adapted several times, for film and radio. Bradbury published a stage play version in 1979 and even helped to develop a 1984 computer game titled Fahrenheit 451.

We read this in February 2014 and Jill provides this account of the meeting:

10 people attended the meeting to discuss Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.  The book was generally enjoyed without a single strongly dissenting voice.

Despite the lack of an opposition the book still provided a good discussion with everyone having something to say. One or two felt the writing/style was very clunky though most thought it was ok and a couple thought it quite poetic in parts.

One person thought the presentation of women was very “1950’s” but several really liked the heroine and were disappointed that she didn’t re-appear at the end.

The book was felt to be quite prescient in its depiction of a future with big-screen tvs and something like an i-phone, although it showed a lack of understanding of what a nuclear war would be like.

One or two thought the novel to be too short and that it felt rushed, but most thought it was fine.

Our marks for this were very high – from ten readers, our average score was 8.1.

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  1. hilaryfbbc

     /  February 15, 2014

    Well this may be a first but I am happy to say that I concur 100% with absolutely everything – yes, you read that correctly – absolutely everything that Malcolm included in his review.
    Plus I have to say – this is a compelling story and a uniquely mind-blowing book and I gave it 10 out of 10 at the meeting. Just read it!

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  2. malcolmbbc

     /  February 15, 2014

    Sorry that I had to miss this one as it is a great book. I last read this a little while ago and reviewed it here:
    http://malcolmbbc.wordpress.com/2009/01/03/fahrenheit-451-ray-bradbury/

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