In honor of Banned Books Week back in September, for October Book Club read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
Mostly serious comments about the book:
I picked this book because it’s an all-time banned book, and it’s one of those classics I’ve always meant to read.
I could tell it was a short story padded out. There were still some questions unanswered.
I opened it and read through the whole thing, I just kept going. I really liked it a lot. It had a lot of strengths, some weaknesses.
I never read it in school, I was happy to read it. I just couldn’t enjoy it. I was frustrated that there was a lot of “telling.”
I wasn’t in love with it, but there were definitely a lot of things I thought were timely.
The first time I read it, I was 12. If I was going to be a book, this is the one I’d be.
I adore Ray Bradbury. I love this book.
I enjoyed the allegorical aspect.
As technology progresses, it becomes more true instead of less.
I was so excited to read it; I read it in junior high. It was so despairing and heavy I thought do I have to read more?
I liked the imagery.
I wanted some parts of it fleshed out.
I was disappointed Millie didn’t remember [spoiler]. She was one-dimensional.
I never read it, wanted to read it.
It was good, well-written, good plot. I just couldn’t get as connected to it as I would have liked. I loved the ideas but it didn’t stay with me.
I loved it. Read right through it. Bought a copy, I want my whole family to read it. I want to spread it around.
I saw the allegory. I enjoyed it. One thing that bothered me, the 50s attitude as far as women were concerned. He couldn’t envision a future where women were anything else.
It would have been awesome as a short story or as a novel.
There were beautiful images but no connections.
It didn’t grip me but I loved the conceit.
You may recall that I, Jules, read this book last December during our Book Club layoff. I did re-read it this month and had an interesting experience in that this time, I was aware of its faults as I wasn’t the first time I read it. I do agree with many of the comments above. I do believe it’s important, though, to read the Afterward and Coda form later editions. Many of these issues are addressed there. And, yes, it was originally a short story, The Fireman.
And, of course, this means that I can once again post one of my (and Tricia’s) fave videos (still hella NSFW):