For my English class, I had to read a novel called "Fahrenheit 451". I had never heard of this book before but it was quite enjoyable. I was impressed by Bradbury's writing ability, which is very complex and sometimes confusing.
Has anyone read F451? If so, thoughts? What's your favorite book?
I'll make sure to check those out. Thank you.
Ever read A Sound of Thunder?
I've never even heard of it.
I remember that from 9th grade. It is one of my favourites so far besides Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Did you know it took Ray 9 days to write that book on a rented typewriter in a library?
I actually didn't know that. I'm in 9th grade right now.
The man wants his ashes in a Campbell's Tomato Soup can on mars. The man knows what he wants.
I felt pretty bad for the one alien in the story about shape shifting. He shifted into what everybody wanted and then he melted into tomato soup.
When Beatty died, I lost the will to continue the book (I mean, I totally finished it and all, but I wasn't happy about it).
Every time I think about Ray Bradbury, I think about how much I like the Martian Chronicles. I just enjoy stories like that! Oh! And I just remembered that Hagio Moto did a pretty little manga version of R is for Rocket. It's basically Bradbury's stories...but sparkly and full of oddly affectionate little boys.
Maybe you should try out Robert Heinlien stuff. Boy, do I love that guy! His work is very good, all progressive for it's time an' stuff.
Dude, I'm reading To Sail Across The Sunset right now and I've learned so much. I never really thought I'd read the word "69ing" in a piece of classic literature, though.
About 90% of this book is free love and very casual incest.
And yeah, I could hear somuh dat fascism coming through, but I never really thought of him as cynical. Looking back now...
I read it a couple years ago. If you're not actively looking for the greater meaning, symbolism, etc, etc, it's a bit of a confusing read at times. My favorite part of the book is not actually the book itself, but rather many library's response to it. Fahrenheit 451 is a book all about the dangers of censorship, yet it is one of the most censored books out there. I've always hated censorship on a personal level. Banning books simply because it challenges the idea of banning books? The mere idea of something so ludicrous makes me want to hit whoever passes the bans upside the head with an encyclopedia. Why am encyclopedia? Encyclopedias used to not only be banned, but were burned on sight. Nowadays, they're the only book in the library that nobody, not even a Texan, would think to ban. Censorship of books is decreasing drastically, but even the classics are still banned in schools and public libraries. The only reason Fahrenheit 451 is banned is because people don't want to admit that the idea of banning books is an outdated and outright stupid practice. Just because a book doesn't align with your ideals means that nobody should have the right to read it? That's like saying you hate all black people and want to segregate whites and blacks because god forbid they influence each other.
Wow, I got off topic. Anyway, Fahrenheit 451 is a great read. It's also pretty short so it shouldn't take too long to read. I would highly recommend rereading it a few months later in order to pick up on a few new things. The book does a great job at being straightforward with the main message but hiding a few little small morals and ideas throughout the book, so make sure to be on the lookout for symbolism and connections.
This is the one that inspired Equilibrium, IIRC. Excellent book, and a foundational read for literature-inclined teens. The version I had had an introduction by Bradbury where he remembered a dramatisation of the book, wherein Guy went to his boss's house and found it lined to the walls with books. After the obvious surprise, Guy inquired why a book burner had a house full of books. The response, which was added by the theater crew, and not Bradbury's original work, was phenomenal (I've forgotten the exact words, but they were along these lines) - "having a room full of books is like a priest living in a house full of women. It's perfectly fine as long as you don't touch them." Interesting observation in the lore.
As far as its literary legacy goes, it seems Fahrenheit 451 was off the mark. We aren't censoring content through deleting it, we're doing it by promoting more and more vapid content to occlude the good. More Kim and Kanye than Hawking.
That's true, in his time content creation was far slower and more centralized than it is now, and censors wielded strong authority. His legacy may well have kept the censors at bay in his time, though the modern world is a whole new ballgame.
Totally agreed on the unexpected power (and subsequent wastage) of ICT technologies. To be fair, the only spark of hope on the space frontier (before today's over ambitious SpaceX) was the space race, and that was just a measuring contest between two philosophies of governance, not science for its own sake. While man has looked to the stars, he never really conspired to reach them, just a few dedicated but brilliant loners at society's periphery. In any case, the research I did for my Sci-Fi says that we shouldn't expect Mars inhabited colonies for atleast another 40 years, and not expect self-sustaining ones for another couple hundred years.