It’s time for another classic book recommendation! Can you guess which genre I chose this time?
Fahrenheit 451 is about a guy called Guy whose job is to burn books. He lives in a dystopian version of the United States where EVERYTHING is extremely censored. Books are not allowed because they leave too much to the imagination and people would start getting ideas, and thinking!* So the government controls the only media available, television. (There’s no Internet on this fictional universe – talk about dystopia!).
Since everyone is so used to watch television all day and being told what to think, not a lot of people dare or even think about having books. But some of them still do, that’s why firemen go to their homes and burn them down. This guy Guy finds his job as a fireman really pleasurable, until he meets a teenager named Clarisse. She’s young and energetic and likes to question everything. When Clarisse questions him about his job, his life and whether he is happy doing what he does, something inside Guy changes. He discovers that his feelings are not his own, and that he has been thinking and living just as he was told. After that, Guy gets a wild idea that he can’t get out of his head. He wonders how it feels to read a book instead of burning it.
*Just as Gaston would say, huh? 😉 No one defends censorship like Gaston!
- You are a fan of dystopian novels: If you are into YA dystopian novels but want to try something more adult, this one might be a great start. It is a light read, a little more than 200 pages and it is really easy to get into.
- You are interested in Ray Bradbury: What I like the most about Bradbury’s style is that it almost feels like science-fiction… but it’s not! Most of his works are like this. His characters live in the future and they might have rockets or robots, but his stories won’t center on any of these. His books are about people, about feelings and thoughts, about problems he saw in society. If you would like a taste of his work you can read some of his short stories, I especially liked The Veldt.
- You hate censorship: I think most of us hate censorship, especially when it comes to banning books! And I guess it would be interesting to read a novel that was inspired by a book burning threat in the United States!
Do you have a favorite dystopian novel? And… will you add Fahrenheit 451 to your TBR? 🙂 I totally recommend Ray Bradbury’s books (and short stories!). Also, let me know in the comments if there is a classic novel that you would like to see reviewed.