Babylon’s burning

27 05 2017

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen.

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

Picked this up having realised with some embarrassment that I’d never actually read it. Was also considering it as a possible book for the Nottingham Reading Programme this year. It is a powerful and compelling read and feels really prescient in these post-truth days. Highly recommended (if you are as daft as me and not read before).

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