Sci Friday: Fahrenheit 451

~Post by Marie

Every once in a while, I read a book that piques the literature student in me that has been reined in since college, and I have to suppress the strong urge to write lengthy dissertations peppered with philosophical references and jibes at certain aspects of our culture.  So I felt when reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury for the fourth time, several years since graduating from school.  Certainly Bradbury makes it easy by intentionally writing an, ahem, incendiary book that is overtly critical of a dystopian, futuristic society that is clearly intended as a cautionary tale about the direction he perceived society heading.  That in mind, I will try to broadly expound on the book’s general awesomeness as a whole, and not get mired in close readings or turn this into a prolix exegesis of a classic work of science fiction.

On the surface, Fahrenheit 451 is…

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