Meandering Em's

Passion is books, photography, running and traveling. Also passionate about environmental issues.

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury This is not a typical book I read. However, two groups on Goodreads selected this book to read, so I decided to give it a try. It is really a novella about a vapid society who know longer reads anything. Instead, everyone is surrounded by televisions, sound, noise, color and sports from morning to night. (Does this sound familiar?) Books are banned, but few care. Anyone who reads has deviant behavior. When the government finds out that someone has books in their possession, their house is burned along with their books. The main character is a fireman, whose only job is to burn books and homes. A fireman does not put out fires, but actually creates the blazes which destroy the books.Montag, the fireman, gradually becomes intrigued with books and his problems begin. Will his interest in literature be discovered? What will happen to him? These questions keep the story going.The plot got bogged down with the overly descriptive paragraphs that were too wordy and redundant. This is an example from the beginning of the book: "As he stood there the sky over the house screamed. There was a tremendous ripping sound as if two giant hands had torn ten thousand miles of black lines down the seam. Montag was cut in half. He felt his chest chopped down and split apart. The jet bombers going over, going over, going over, one two, one two, one two, six of them, nine of them, twelve of them, one and one and one and another and another and another, did all the screaming for him..." I trust you get the point.However, there were serious issues raised including conformity, the tyranny of the majority, and the horrors of war and it was for these reasons that I enjoyed the book.

Currently reading

The Waiting Years
Fumiko Enchi
Progress: 94/208 pages
Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock
Derrick Z. Jackson, Stephen W. Kress
Progress: 33/376 pages