The dangers of censorship, technology, mass media, willful ignorance, and a loss of individual identity are some of the dominant themes of Ray Bradbury‘s dystopian classic: Fahrenheit 451.
From the first line, we get a sense of the collective mindset shared by the enforcers of the story’s brutal premise: to find and burn all books into ashes and out of existence. I enjoyed watching our protagonist Montag find his way through the darkness of the ashes and into enlightenment.
Although this pointed quote is not found in Fahrenheit 451, it needed to be included, in my view.
If we ignore our shadows and erase the stories, we lose any possibility of learning to do better. But for some, I do believe that is the whole point.
These days we have to hold on tight to make it off the ride in one piece.
There are many parallels to be drawn with our modern-day in this classic work of SciFi satire. Given our current climate, it is uncanny how well Bradbury anticipated the future.
It’s as if he may have secretly lived his passion and experienced
time travel, a thought I have had with a few of the classic writers of our time. Too bad we will never know. 😉
What is your favourite read about time travel?
Preach! I need to take heed of this quote. You truly can not make people listen, and it is ultimately up to them to decide to do so or not, regardless of how grave the circumstances are.
Ray Bradbury will keep you chuckling while you scratch your head, so give this classic by a well-loved author a chance next time you are up for something weird and wonderful.
Here is a spectacular clip of Ray Bradbury explaining how he became a writer and why Hitler was a catalyst for the creation of his best-selling book.
Do you have a selection from the Bradbury collection that you suggest?
Are there any dystopian novels that you find to be particularly resonant currently?