Just a few weeks ago, I started re-reading “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. I’ve learned that the author has passed away. This book was one of the most influential things I read in high school, along with Siddartha and Brave New World. A dystopian book based on an American society which outlaws books, Fahrenheit 451 presents a world that favors TV’s partial information and absurdity to literature. The story follows Guy Montag, a fireman who makes a living burning homes which carry books. After meeting a girl named Clarisse, his lifestyle and mindset are severely tested. Bradbury’s writing style and story line creates such strong visuals in my head, I can see the story play out like a movie in slow motion. This is an essential book, especially in these times. There are so many other stories Ray Bradbury has written that I’m not mentioning, but his significance and contributions to the world are astounding. 

 

– Jimi Jaxon

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