This book is ripe for discussion. So many intricate ideas bursting from the pages. The image of the mechanical Hound was quite frightening to me and well-played by the author. The aspects of the story that suggest a nihilistic existence, such as nothing to do but watch TV, Montag wandering around with a group of bums, etc., gave me a depressed feeling similar to the futility in other dystopian future books (1984, Brave New World).
I liked this book more after I had read the author’s note. Ray Bradbury sounds so interesting on a personal level! Did you know he wrote this story intending to show his great love for books and libraries? As I read these 50’s and other early books I sometimes struggle to get into the story, they seem fundamentally different somehow.
An interesting historical note from GradeSaver.com:
“Developed in the years following World War II, Fahrenheit 451condemns not only the anti-intellectualism of the defeated Nazi party in Germany, but more immediately the intellectually oppressive political climate of the early 1950’s – the heyday of McCarthyism. That such influential fictional social criticisms such as Orwell’s Animal Farm 1984 and Skinner’s Walden Two were published just a few short years prior to Fahrenheit 451 is not coincidental. These works reveal a very real apprehension of the danger of the US evolving into an oppressive, authoritarian society in the post-WWII period.”
Stemming from a similar basis of a future literature-less society, The Last Book in the Universe, YA and written in 2000, is another good book to read.