Review: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury


Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

17470674

Title: Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Release Date: March 28, 1953

Publisher: Voyager

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 227

Source: School book

The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.

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.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Montag is a fireman along with many others from his small town. These firefighters are different from what we know today, they start fires instead of stop them. Why do these firemen start fires and burn down homes? Book live in hidden places: behind fridges, in air conditioning ducts, anywhere hidden. Guy Montag meets a young girl, Clarisse McClellan, while walking one day and she reminds him that books aren’t a bad thing. He steals a book at the next burning he goes to. Guy comes home to his wife and her friends sitting in the living room watching the multiple-screened TV. He reads the group of them something from a book he stole, then mysteriously gets busted for having books the next day. He is assigned to another burning and ends up running away and escaping. He follows a river until he comes across a group of former scholars and professors. They discuss some common ideas, then they take Guy in. This is a very short book, and I’m surprised at how much I liked it. I read this for my Novel class and I realized about two sentences into the introduction that the writing style is absolutely gorgeous. I love poetry-esque books and this has made me realize that I take books for granted. What if there were no books left, and those who read them got arrested? This has made me realize that great, classic works of fiction will always be great.

Characters:

Guy Montag is the main character in this story and he showed so much development throughout this story. His wife, Mildred Montag, is very… interesting. She has a TV room, but is only every focused on that TV. She calls the characters of her favorite TV show her family. She’s just odd. Ray Bradbury made it very clear that the purpose for this book was that people mindlessly watch TV for hours or days without even realizing they’re watching something. There are so many amazing things that people can do and learn and we all just sit and watch mindless television. I also thought that it was weird when they were talking about kids. The only reason they reproduce is to continue the population and keep the species from going extinct. They don’t love their kids, they just have them.

Who Would I Be?:

I would most definitely choose to be Clarisse. She has imagination and pizzazz and doesn’t follow the rules. A lot of people lost their curiosity because it was deemed unacceptable, but she never lost hers. I think that that was a really beautiful addition to the story. I really loved that about her. I also don’t really hate the idea of being the odd-ball girl who is supposedly a little mentally unstable.

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM

Pointe Taken Newsletter (1)


Hello, everyone! This is a new meme (of sorts) that I have decided to take up. The idea is that every Sunday there will be a recap of posts from the week, news, books currently reading, things going on in my life, etc. My favorite book blog, YA Midnight Reads, does this and I love the concept so I decided to steal their idea :)

This week has been hectic as far as school. I have had a ton of homework, especially with Biology. I don’t really like science, so Biology is kind of a drag for me. I’m not bad at it, but I usually end up writing way too much for lab reports or questions from the textbook. How people can just write two sentences for a whole chapter is beyond me. For the lab that I just finished I filled up four extra pages of notebook paper… Anyway, I don’t like math either and we had a quiz on Tuesday. We have standard based grading in math, so you have to get almost 100% on everything to pass the class. You’re probably thinking, “What? 100% in math. All the time?” Yeah. I know that you’re saying that because that’s exactly what I thought before classes started. We actually do homework assignments and take quizzes, but nothing is graded except for tests. So really, if you bomb one of your tests, you’re pretty much screwed. Go school systems.

Where I live the school decided to break the unbroken English system. We have English classes 1-4 in the same room, but doing completely different things. I’m taking Novel because I thought that it would be so fun to get graded on writing book reports, which I basically do anyway, but it’s not that way at all. Novel is an English 4 class, so I have to do all the English 4 curriculum in addition to reading and answering questions about chapters in the books we read. Alright. Totally not okay.

I also found out that the trip that students are allowed to go on every four years is to Italy! I’ve never been out of the country, so I am so excited to go on this trip! It’s really expensive, but I think it’s worth it. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you get to go on a trip with all your high school friends. So pumped.

Reading this month for me has been so so so bad. Literally have been in a slump since school started. I’ve read no books this month that weren’t for school. That is so pathetic. So my plan is to get at least 100 pages read today in A Discovery of Witches before I have dance. Currently reading Lord of the Flies for my English 2 class. I’m on chapter 7 and am really not liking it. At all. Also just finished Fahrenheit 451 for my Novel class. Review will be up tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Posts on the Blog:

Latest Review:

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM

Yet another update…


I HAVE INTERNET! Hello, my lovely book people. I officially have internet at my house again! Woooooo. Anyway, I have read one book this month…one. Yes, only one. That book was a book I had to read for school. I hated everything about the book. It’s called A Separate Peace. It sucked so much. No plot. No character development. Nothing. I am still reading A Discovery of Witches (The All Souls Trilogy #1) – Deborah Harkness. I am in a horrible reading slump. It’s honestly so bad. I am reading Fahrenheit 451 and Lord of the Flies for school as well, and I am really enjoying Fahrenheit 451 at the moment. It’s a really cool concept and it reminds me of The Giver. Lord of the Flies is so so so weird. A Discovery of Witches is definitely not my favorite thing ever. It’s kind of a really long book and I don’t like it so I’m reading it really slow. I have been a really sucky blogger, so sorry about that. I will be better at posting more consistently now that I have internet :)

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM

August Wrapup + September TBR


Read:

  1. Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman *review*
  2. Paper Towns – John Green *review*
  3. The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew #11) – Carolyn Keene *review*
  4. The Pompey Hollow Book Club – Jerome Mark Antil *review*
  5. A Separate Peace – John Knowles

TBR:

  1. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) – Deborah Harkness
  2. The Book of Charlie – Jerome Mark Antil
  3. The Diviners (The Diviners #1) – Libba Bray
  4. The Peach Keeper – Sarah Addison Allen

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM

Review: The Pompey Hollow Book Club – Jerome Mark Antil


The Pompey Hollow Book Club – Jerome Mark Antil

15021274

Title: The Pompey Hollow Book Club

Author: Jerome Mark Antil

Release Date: December 7, 2011

Publisher: Little York Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 288

Source: Sent for review via author

A Novel First Edition “Mark Twain meets the Greatest Generation!The Pompey Hollow Book Club is the best kind of novel: charming, but with teeth. The narration exudes an experienced innocence with characters at once empathic and courageous. One might be tempted to call its setting a bygone era had this era not fashioned our world… this work moved me deeply.” –Stuart Horwitz, Book Architecture

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Jerry Antil is just a young boy at the beginning of this book. He lives with his dad, his mom, his brothers, Dick and Mike, and his beagle-cocker spaniel mix. Jerry is the youngest of all the brothers and Mike is the oldest. The Antil family moves into a new home in Delphi Falls from Cortland, New York. Jerry thinks he will hate living in the country, but his mom tells him one morning to go over to Farmer Parker’s house to collect some chicken eggs. Jerry watches Farmer Parker milk the cows after he calls them into the barn and then the farmer shoes the young boy how to get eggs from the chickens. Jerry thanks the farmer then heads home. Jerry goes exploring and finds that there are waterfalls in the woods right behind his house. He continues to explore and familarize himself with the woods. Jerry and Dick begin school and Jerry gets new friends that he sits with at lunch every day. Holbrook is his best friend and he introduces him to Mary and Barber who all start The Pompey Hollow Book Club, but this book club isn’t for reading. This club is for secret meetings to figure out plans for ten-year-old problems. Jerome Mark Antil contacted me and asked if I would read his books, The Pompey Hollow Book Club and The Book of Charlie. I was skeptical about starting this book because it takes place after the war, but I was pleasantly surprised. I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this book, but I did. This book was full of adventure and it was a really cute coming of age story.

Characters:

There were so many characters in this book, but they weren’t hard to keep straight. Jerry and Mary and Holbrook were my favorites, though. Mary was basically the only girl in this book and Holbrook was Jerry’s best friend. Mary was so sweet and so smart for being only 10 or 11. Holbrook was just a goofy best friend. I really enjoyed all the characters.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose Mary without a doubt. She is so cute and thought everything through. She got to be part of the club and it was adorable how she went about some things. I really loved Mary in this book.

Huge thanks to Jerome Mark Antil for sending me this book!

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM

#FridayReads (12)


Wow. Totally haven’t done one of these since summer began. Anyway, I am currently reading A Discover of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) – Deborah Harkness and have been for so long. I’m in a horrible reading slump along with being very busy. I don’t really hate this book, I mean it isn’t great, but it isn’t horrible. I’m on page 156 at the moment and just a reminder this is part of the Book Chain that I’m creating *more info here* My reading slump is not okay anymore. I usually finish a book relatively quickly and I’d say I’m a fast reader, but oh my gosh I’m reading this book so slowly. Not okay. One cool thing that happened though was that I was interviewed on the lovely blog of The Cheap Reader, so that’s pretty exciting :) I hope to finish this book sometime this weekend. I need to be done with it. Let me know what you’re reading! Comment below or tag me on twitter @dancer5899 :)

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM