Fahrenheit 451 was required reading for Jake in his sophomore year of high school. Once he was done with it, I decided to give it another read. When I got the copy back, I couldn’t decide if he had read it or tried to feed it to our dog.
This is a great novel for anyone who enjoys stories of a dystopian future like Brave New World or 1984. In fact, Bradbury was often asked whether Brave New World, printed 20 years previous, was a major influence on the work. Bradbury claims to have been more influenced by the atrocities being played out in the Soviet Union by Stalin and the anti-Communist fervor being whipped up by McCarthy in the US. Having just come off of reading Leninism, this concept was especially fresh.
Although the novel itself is a short read, the prose reminds me of Charles Bukowski. I have no idea if there is anything to that idea, but as I read, I found the words starting to speed by faster than I could follow. The story really seemed to take on a life of its own, and as Montag’s plight became more desperate, the writing followed suit. For anyone interested in dystopian fiction, Fahrenheit 451 must be on your list.