Guy Montag is a fireman. Yet he’s not the kind of fireman that you typically think of. No, Montag burns houses and he has never ever rescued anyone from a burning. He absolutely loves his job. To Montag, the fire was beautiful and captivating as it destroyed the homes and buildings. He whistles after he finishes his job. He’d been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned anything about his job, his life or his world. He had found pleasure in burning books, as well as other things that were banned in his society. He continued on life quite unaware of anything really, until a 17 year-old girl, in all of her whimsy, starts to change him.
Montag begins to question his life, because all the pieces don’t fit. He is a married man, and has been married for a long time, but he doesn’t know anything about his wife’s background, how they met, where they got married, or literally anything. Soon he begins to find other sorts of discrepancies in his life. They have no contact with any outside world, and for example, events such as bombs that fly over them everyday, but no one seems to care. Young children die and not a single person mourns them. It all begins to add up, and suddenly he becomes curious.
You know the saying, curiosity kills the cat. Montag begins to explore why books are considered bad and why they must be burned. With the help of a retired literary professor, he gets his hands on his first book. It is the Bible. The book touches something deep within Montag, and soon the need to find more books is almost overwhelming. Unfortunately, there are many people including Montag’s own coworkers who disapprove of his actions and force him to give up books or he dies. Montag cannot give up his books and he will keep them no matter the cost.
I would gives this book a 6.5. It was very well written and had a lot of good life lessons. It had a number of literary devices, used in expert ways. It kept you wondering what would happen next. At the same time, the book’s plot seemed almost choppy, it was probably the author’s choice to make it that way, considering the nature of the book; but I feel that the author lost me instead of going for that mysterious curiosity effect. Overall, I enjoyed the book and wouldn’t mind reading it again in the future. I would recommend that those who haven’t read the book, take the time to not only read it, but also understand the core message. I think you all will enjoy it.