My Rating: 5 Stars
Wow, I don't even know where to begin. Fahrenheit was the first dystopia I read and it definitely had an impact in the way I saw things before, things that shouldn't be taken for granted. This book is a legend, a classic of literature that tells a scary tale of how would society be if knowledge was taken from them, and, consequently, their freedom. How? By burning and forbidding the source of knowledge, books.
The future is described has a place where people no longer interact with each other and spend all their time and attention in front of a television. Books are banned, burned by firefights in the streets and if anyone is caught with them, they burn too. One character stands out in this dystopian society, Montag, a firefighter that lowly begins to question the rules and refuses to stand by them. What to do about it? What is the cost of liberty?
In terms of analysis, I will try and keep this short, because there is so much to interpret.
Like I wrote before, books are the source of deep and complex knowledge that gives us the basis for communication and understanding of our reality. Burning books is a symbol of, not only that deep knowledge, but of freedom as well. Why? Because with knowledge comes thought and with thought comes opinion and with that comes perception of wrong and right, agreement and disagreement, accepting and refusing. In a society where spending time in front of a television is mandatory, superficial and controlled knowledge rule. Owning books is, of course, illegal and against the law. People are manipulated by what they see and hear and don't question the rules, much like the firefighter that burn the books and they don't understand why but don't question it anyway.
Books are described as living things in this novel and I see it has the price of liberty: the loss of lives. In history books all conflicts over liberty end in bloodshed, no matter how small. The view of books like they have thoughts and feelings can be interpreted as the lives that were lost fighting for it.
For me, it's one of those books that really make us rethink about that we have, what we take for granted and to take a few minutes to see how lucky we are in having the freedom to say what we think and do what we want. It's an eye-opener written in a beautiful style with mesmerising phrases that will stay with you for a long time.
More than worthy of the 5 stars.
Hope you find an idea for your next reading here.
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