Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s a bit of shame that it took me until I was 29 years old to read Fahrenheit 451. Somehow, despite the fact this novel is read widely throughout high schools across America, I never read it. I did however read The Martian Chronicles so perhaps my English teacher was just a little rebellious.
Nonetheless, Fahrenheit 451 is a great novel. No, it won’t go down as my favorite, but it’s impossible to deny the fundamental importance of its message. I think Bradbury exceptionally portrayed the fear that many people have shared since the coming of the information age, that mass media can be used as a mechanism to control us and limit our intellectual growth.
Obviously, I hope that never happens, but who’s to say that it hasn’t already. But I think that’s the point. How would you know if you were being manipulated? I think that’s where the real fear lies, with the possibility that you could be manipulated and not know it.
This novel has been analyzed to death over the years so I don’t think I need to add anything more that what I’ve already said. If you haven’t read it, make it so. It’s short and well worth your time.