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Fahrenheit 451: A Book Review

fahrenheit_451 Did you know that the paper burns at 451°F ?

I got to know this only after reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The synopsis of this book will make any book lover to pick a copy of it. Why? Imagine your life without any books or even a magazine. I know it’s a sort of nightmare for somebody who eats, drinks, sleep on books and will carry one even if he or she isn’t reading it. This fiction book projects the future of the American society where books or any sort of reading material is forbidden and any house found in possession of them is burnt down by firemen. They even burn down a house with a woman who refuses to leave her home for her sheer love for books.

The protagonist of the plot – Guy Montag is also a fireman and has been a party to the team that burn down the houses with books in the first half but the character witnesses a turn around in the second half where he grows connection with the books. He starts seeking pleasure in them. But along with that the wrath of his own team who starts chasing him down for betrayal and possession of books.

I found this book slightly depressing but it does leave you with a pensive thought. The author compares Humans with the legendary Phoenix that how latter got destroyed in ashes and soared again. Similarly, humans are also a part of vicious cycle. We have a tendency to make mistakes but we also have the ability to remember them and not to repeat our old mistakes but how many of us follow that?

However my imagination takes me to another direction how I was to survive if there actually was a law to burn down books !!