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Book report: Ray Bradbury — Fahrenheit 451

Book report: Ray Bradbury — Fahrenheit 451

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There are countless so-called classics of literature that simply can't live up to their reputation, and yet they find their way into the curricula of high school and college literature courses year after year. I've read many of them since graduating and found some to be pretty good (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) and others pretty bad (The Catcher in the Rye). Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451, however, is deserving of all the praise it receives. What struck me most about the book, aside from Bradbury's top-notch writing and storytelling skill, was that the oft-cited theme of censorship was almost secondary in the plot. I was prepared to read a novel warning about the insidiousness of censoring books, but instead was treated to an eerily prescient look at a slothful and intellectually stunt...