Hello everyone! Elly here!
I hope everyone has finished the book by now, and has enjoyed reading it as much as I did. Wasn’t it so good? I loved all the twist and turns…and to be honest I wasn’t expecting the third chapter to go in the direction it went…
I believe the book is thought provoking, intellectually challenging, and incredibly relevant to today’s society. However I hate, hate, HATE open finales.
I don’t know what it is that triggers me to despise open endings so much, but honestly, I really wish I knew what happened after the aerial bombardment, and I’d love to know if someone survived it, and if the war shifted people’s perspective on life. Have Montag and Faber ever met again? Were books rewritten? Has intellectual freedom been reestablished? So many questions…and no answer provided.
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a compelling narration of a dystopian future. A future in which society seeks ‘peace and happiness’ through censorship and intellectual dictatorship. Guy Montag is our filter into this universe, a world in which questioning is forbidden, and in which firemen burn people’s houses, if their inhabitants dare as much as to possess a book. Enemies and friends are hard to distinguish, certainties are inexistent. Montag’s journey is that of realisation that material emptiness is nothing in comparison to intellectual and spiritual void.
This book has got me questioning on how close or far away we are from this dystopian future. Of course, most of us are lucky enough to live in a society in which intellectual freedom is paramount. But what do we chose as individuals? What do we seek with our choices? Are we more or less consciously choosing for conformity with every choice we make?
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On the 10th of June at 7 pm (GMT+1), I’ll be hosting my fifth Instagram Live Book Club Chat. So make sure you follow me there, not to miss out! If you have any question you’d love to have addressed, feel free to DM me either on Instagram or on Twitter, and I’ll do my best to answer all of your questions Live.
Tomorrow I’ll be announcing our next read! Make sure you stay tuned to find out what we’ll be reading next!
Also, if you have any suggestions for our future Book Clubs, please leave them in the comments below! I will definitely check them out!
I wish you all a wonderful day!
PS: You can get your copy of Fahrenheit 451 here.
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