The Results are in…
Last week I posted the 20 books that I had randomly selected for Classics Club Spin #9 – with the purpose of me picking up a book that had been on my Classics Challenge list that I was hesitant to read (although when it comes to classics in general, I sometimes struggle with them). Anyways, the results are in and the lucky number drawn was….2. Number 2 correlated to Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. On my list of classics, this fell under the sub-heading of Utopia/Dystopia Classics.
From the description:
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
Anyone interested in joining in with me while I read (or maybe listen to) Fahrenheit 451?