The Fairy Book club is excited to start reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury! The October theme is Dystopian novels by American authors. This month's choices included Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, The Running Man by Stephen King, The Passage by Justin Cronin, and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The voting resulted with a tie between Fahrenheit 451 and Station Eleven, so the book fairies flipped a coin and Fahrenheit 451 won.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life. Fahrenheit 451 was first published in 1953. Inspired by historical incidents of book burning for suppressing dissenting ideas. Bradbury stated that the book was a commentary on how mass media reduces interest in reading literature.
WHERE CAN I BUY THE BOOK? The Book Fairies like to support libraries, used book stores and independent bookshops. So we would encourage looking for a copy at your local bookstore!
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