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Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a story about Guy Montag, a fireman who’s in charge of book burnings instead of putting out fires. In this story, we follow Guy as he struggles with his current reality in this dystopian future.

In this speculative fiction story, Ray Bradbury’s Guy Montag introduces us to a variety of different things in the society, including a four-wall television that only shows mindless chatter and what classes would look like without books.

Eventually, Guy starts to questions the rules around him, leading him to an English professor and a group of people who memorize books to make sure they’re not lost forever to the threat of book burning.

This sort of story is supposed to be read as a book of warning when it comes to censorship and conformism. Currently, many people still site this book when new censorship laws come out in schools as a warning of an oppressive future and an illiterate society.

This book was discussed on the Barely Bookish podcast and featured guest Nova (@novasaurusRexx). The episodes go through all of the plot in extreme detail, making it perfect if you’re wanting to listen instead of read, or enjoy the episodes as a further analysis of the book itself.

We also watched the Fahrenheit 451 movie (2018) which features Michael B. Jordan. Make sure you give that a listen for our review of that as well!

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