Hello humans! Tricky to write a W2RW post this week given that the Top Ten Tuesday prompt took most of my ideas! I’ve decided, therefore, to delve into the backlist and find a slightly older book that I’d like to get to at some point.
The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.
Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.
I won’t lie to you, this is definitely a case of wanting to read something before the adaptation comes out! I know that a lot of changes have been made for the screen and I want to be able to appreciate the adaptation fully!
Have you read Fahrenheit 451? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!