Tuesday, July 16, 2013

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 15

We're half way through the challenge! Yay!

Day 15- Favorite classic book
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I already mentioned The Hobbit as my favorite book so I don't want to mention it again, but Fahrenheit 451 is a good second pick for favorite classic. In case you don't already know what this is about, Bradbury writes about a society where books are illegal to own and houses no longer burn... books do. I read the book last year for the first time.

This society is kind of put off by independent thought and the TV is the main source of entertainment. No longer limited to a small television, these take up entire walls and can interact somewhat with the viewer. As far as size goes, we basically have that with large screens and projectors today. Guy Montag (the main character) is a fireman, whose job is to burn any books that are found. His problems start when he decides to bring a book home instead of burning it. Once he reads it he starts thinking differently and wants to find more books to read.

I was a bit taken aback by the concept of books being an illegal thing. They basically believe free thought is achieved through reading... and I don't totally disagree with that part, but they believe free thought is a bad thing and that it causes the problems in the world. An interesting thing to think about and can make people talk about the importance of literature.

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