marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

A dystopia caught half-way between the traditional literary cautionary tale, and the traditional genre tale that treats the society as a villain to fight.

Guy Montag is a fireman, in a world where their job is to light fires, to burn all those books -- dangerous, subversive things.  But on the day the novel begins, two things happen to him:  he meets a girl, Clarisse, on the way home, and she talks of walks, and a fireman's job, and other oddities.  And then when he gets home, his wife Mildred had taken an overdose.  Two medical technicians are able to save her, all rotuine. . .

He talks to his wife and realizes that she doesn't know what's going on in the drama she's watching, and even has a role in.  He talks more with Clarisse.  He arrives at a fire to discover that the woman who owns the books has not been taken off.  He steals books -- people around him dismiss the mounting noise of a coming war -- and he slowly realizes the nature of his society.
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