Guy Montag is a firefighter. In the world he lives in, firefighters do not fight fires though, they actually start them. The government, in an attempt to control the population, has banned any written word, so all books are set afire. If neighbors or acquaintances suspect someone is harboring books, they will report them and the entire house will be immediately burned down.
The world Guy lives in is so completely unbelievable–it actually reminded me of the movie Pleasantville with Toby McGuire and Reese Witherspoon, in the sense that the government is attempting to stop the flow of any emotion and feeling. Without those, no one cares enough to question any motives. Guy’s wife, Mildred, was the worst! She had her “family”, which were really the people on TV, and that was all she seemingly cared about.
Shockingly, I was never assigned to read this book in school. I know it is assigned reading in a lot of high schools and I am so glad that that was not the case for me, because I highly doubt that I would have appreciated this book to the extent that I do reading it now, as an adult.
“You weren’t there, you didn’t see,”he said. “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there . . . “
“Most of us can’t rush around, talk to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven’t time, money, or that many friends. The things you are looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book. “
I think any serious reader will appreciate this book. My husband was incredulous to find out how much I loved this book, seeing as he read over half of it and eventually put it down in disgust. I think, had he stayed with it, he would have seen the “big picture”. This book just stands for so much more than just the plotline.
I didn’t intentionally read and review this book for Banned Books Week–it just kinda happened!
I purchased this book . . . maybe from Target?
This book counts towards the RIP challenge.