Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
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Not a story, but a sermon.


There are many quibbles to be had with this book, but - aside from the ludicrous, unbelievable backstory - its most important problem is that it tries too hard to convey a MESSAGE, and as such undermines the message it tries to sell: that imagination and independent thinking are important. Bradbury, however, doesn't leave things to imagination and force-feeds his warnings about the importance of literature and beauty, and the dangers of mindless consumerism to the reader. In trying to warn against a thought police, he tries to police my mind a bit too much.

Books about books are usually boring (...)

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