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Fahrenheit 451

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires…

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning … along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames… never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think… and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!


“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.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

So, for National Library Week, I was trying to figure out a book that made a big impact on me, and also a book that is relevant to libraries and books in general. When I read Fahrenheit 451 I was blown away, and I felt that many of the things in the book were in the science fiction realm back then. At that point, though people were beginning to get home computers, the idea of books being digital seemed really strange to me. I couldn’t imagine living in a world without a book to open! I still can’t imagine not having books, and though I love the convenience of reading electronically, I don’t think anything can ever replace the feel and smell of a physical book. Though it has actually been years since I have read it, I think I will have to revisit this book soon. I grew up on many of Bradbury’s tales.


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