Friday, April 5, 2013

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451: And Related Readings

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

2 stars

Guy Montag is fireman. He burns books for a living and enjoys it. But Montag has a secret and it could be his downfall in the world that he lives in. Eh… what to say that hasn’t already be said about this book? Well for starters in my opinion this book is boring and it is full of metaphors. This book is like a brain workout. It doesn’t that I have to read this for English class and that means an in depth exploration of the book. This book isn’t bad, but it’s painstakingly slow. I did enjoy it sometimes though. The world is fairly interesting and definitely different. It’s probably not different now, but this book is older than my mom so it’s original in my opinion.

The main male character is Guy Montag. He is known as Montag throughout most of the novel so I’ll call him Montag. Montag is an OK character. It’s hard for me to connect to a hero like Montag. Why? Here are some reasons: 1) I’m not a middle-aged man. 2) I’m not going through a dystopian-mid-life crisis. 3) I don’t enjoy setting fires because I’m not a pyromaniac. 4) I don’t live in a world like this and can’t imagine a place with books because it’s blasphemy. I’m sure there are people out there that love Montag. I’m not one of those people. I don’t like or hate him. For me he was just a part of the book and getting a valuable point across.

Swoon Worthy Scale:   
No, just, no.

The Villain-
I don’t know who to point my finger at first. Captain Beatty is the obvious choice since he was the evilest person in the book, but I think Mildred has a spot up there too.

Villain Scale: 5

I’m not going to breakdown anything else. Since I had to suffer through this book, I’m not rehashing it. If you’re curious about it and a fan of classics go for it. I don’t hate anything about this book except that I think this book has way too many metaphors and it’s boring. It’s not particularly bad, but it isn’t amazing. I was also the only person in my class to actually finish reading the book. I should deserve a medal for what I went through. It took me fifteen minutes just to read ten pages. That is ridiculous. Metaphors are good, but I don’t need five hundred of them in a book with less than 300 pages. I’m critical and don’t have much to say about it besides the basic complaint from a high schooler forced to read this book.

Cover Thoughts: My cover has a phoenix on it. Just like in Harry Potter.



  1. I think if you read this at your one will, it would have been something more interesting. Being forced into reading something just takes away to enjoy reading the book. It's actually a not so bad of a book (considering it's a classic, after all) and I actually enjoyed it when I read it. C:

  2. Very true, Delaney. I was enjoying it somewhat, but it was the pacing and it dragged a lot. I'm glad you enjoyed it more than I did.:D