As you may know, we chose ‘Fahrenheit 451’ as our first book of 2018 and as our first book for our #26readingchallenge2018.
The story is set in a dystopian world, where all the books are banned and technology is taking over everybody’s life. No one is questioning the system because everyone is so distracted mainly by the “family”, which was a kind of TV that was telling you what to think.
Guy Montag, the main character, is a fireman. The duty of the firemen in this dystopian world was to burn the books, but one day everything changed and Guy starts to question the system, and the book follows him on this journey.
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I gave this book ★★★☆☆!
I loved Ray Bradbury’s writing, the way he describes and writes about the feelings is amazing, the story in itself is such a beautiful idea and it makes you think.
What made me give this rating was just I didn’t feel engaged with the story and I cared about Montag but it didn’t make me feel like I was completely in it.
This is one of my favorite quotes from the book:
If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.
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I gave this book ★★☆☆☆
As S said, I also loved the author’s writing but at the same time, I hated the book.
I didn’t like how the story of Guy developed and how the book finished. However, I love the idea of this dystopian world where technology is everyone’s center.
This book reminded me of a popular Netflix series ‘Black Mirror’. And because I looooooooooooove this TV series, I had high expectations of this book.
My favorite quote from the book is:
Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.
It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.
Now, for the second book of the #26readingchallenge2018 we chose a self-help book and we went for ‘The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business’.
And how about you? Did you already finish book one of 2018? If yes, then what is it?
In this post Bookclub reading challenge we gave to you the list of all the 26 books and we started with the Rory Gilmore’reading list but you can obviously start with whichever book you like and continue the challenge as you want.