Blurb: The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.
This book satisfies the Back to the Classics Challenge #8: A classic with a number in the title.
I listened to this audio book and it was fantastic. The words and phrases that were used in this book, well, people don’t use them anymore. Which made them all the more cool when I heard them. Now I listened to two different narrators. Tim Robbins, he was okay. But the other guy, Stephen Hoye, he rocked it so hard. His voice was deep but was able to hit the high female pitches as well. Really wished I listened to the whole book in his voice.
When I read certain books, sometimes I like to go in blind. Especially with classics because I don’t want to be influenced by anything if can help it. That means I didn’t read the blurb so I honestly had no idea what this book was about. I like being surprised with classics because well everyone already knows about them so its my small way of being different.
Anyway, firemen who intentionally burn instead of putting out fires. Books are illegal! Why, this world is topsy-turvy already! It’s a simple yet powerful concept that shows you how important literature really is. His world building was so effortless. The hound was a personal favorite, how fast the cars were, the ‘TV’ on the walls. It was all explained both easily and in depth. I know I’m not making sense but it’s true! It really felt like it could have been written now even with the older phasing. It’s still relevant.
I remember being so moved by some of the monologues and wondering what on earth RB was thinking as he wrote it. It felt very personal, almost.. vulnerable even. The ending kinda drifts away with no real close. But if you’ve read classics before you know that is how some of them end.
I have not read other books by RB but I’m sure I’ll check some more out in the future. Should be mandatory reading IMO.