“Fahrenheit 451, the temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns”
In the dystopian vein of Brave New World, The Machine Stops and of course 1984, Fahrenheit 451 considers a world were intellect is attacked and shunned. Centuries of classic literature, philosophical thought and anything compelling to the human mind are sought out and burned by Bradbury’s ‘Firemen’, in the place of simplicity and carnal delights.
Bradbury deftly envisages an alternative yet likewise somewhat amplified version of the world he had witnessed by the time of his writing in the 1950s, with German book burning under Hitler as well as the rising world of consumerism. The erratic, restless style of writing throughout is testament to the fact Bradbury completed the bulk of this short novel in a nine-day stint, working his ideas into a raw yet compelling dystopian world.
Length: 211 (Harper Voyager)
Overall Rating: 4.5
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(Interesting aside, this was first published by Hugh Hefner in his opening editions of Playboy Magazine, buying the rights for a meagre sum which was all he could afford. I assure you however there is no relation to the magazines notorious nature within the novel)