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.
Hi guys! I decided to do my new “Now Quoting” post on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, partially because it’s a beautiful book and I don’t talk about it nearly enough, and partially because I’m super proud of myself for reading a classic. I first read Fahrenheit 451 in 4th grade, and I loved it, though some parts were a bit hard for me to understand. It was the first classic I ever read, and it’s still probably my favorite. (Not that that’s saying much; I’ve probably only read about 10 classics in my lifetime.) I would recommend Fahrenheit 451 to anyone who wants to ease into the classics genre because it’s a lot more interesting and engaging than any other classic I’ve read. Fahrenheit 451 is filled to the brim with gorgeous quotes and passages, so I decided to share some with all of you!
“It was a pleasure to burn.”
“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
“I’ll hold onto the world tight someday. I’ve got one finger on it now; that’s a beginning.”
“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”
“Jump and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.”
“Nobody listens anymore. I can’t talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me, I can’t talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough it’ll make sense. And I want you to teach me to understand what I read.”
Alright, bookworms. If you haven’t yet read Fahrenheit 451, what are you waiting for? Run, not walk, to the nearest bookstore or library until you find it!
What did you think about Fahrenheit 451? What quotes would you add to this list? What books have you found particularly quotable lately? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂