Monday, January 15, 2007

'Fahrenheit 451'

by Ray Bradbury

(Book #2 for 2007; 1st book finished for the Classics Challenge)

A not very subtle commentary on censorship and the importance of free speech. As a warning to society, some of the issues apply nowadays and cause pause for thought. It’s rather short though and as such, I found it a bit slight. Still it’s worth the read and I’m glad to have finally done so.

My Rating: 3/5
“Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You’d find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more “literary” you are. That’s my definition, anyway. Telling detail. Fresh detail. The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.” (p. 81)
Also reviewed at:
Melody's Reading Corner
So Many Precious Books, So Little Time


  1. One of my friends absolutely raved about this when she read it, but somehow I have managed not to read it. Def on the tbr list, though!

  2. I really like the last part of that quote. I'm still working on my first classic, it's also a chunkster.

  3. the traveller - I think it was worth the read, just not great! I imagine it was probably more shocking when it was first published.

    booklogged - well, I haven't started on any of my chunksters yet, so you're ahead of me there. Trying to finish up some others first.

  4. I read this several years ago and rated it a 2/5. I have truly discovered that classics just aren't my thing. :) However, I am glad that I read them.

  5. I do quite like some classics, one of my favourite books has to be Pride and Prejudice- I love that story!
    I think it's like any book, some of them just don't do anything for us.

  6. It's been quite a while since I read this one, but I think you're right that it probably was much more shocking and relevant at the time of publication. I still enjoyed it, though. I'm kind of 50-50 on "classics"; some I love and some I hate and when I don't like them I tend to feel baffled as to how they made classic status. Kind of a vain way to look at it, probably. :)

  7. bookfool - LOL! But whether we enjoy a book or not IS rather personal!

  8. I read this recently too as part of the Classics challenge. It's nice to see someone else posting about it since I just read it! I definitely agree that it was probably more shocking in its time, but still has some relevant issues.


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