Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television ‘family’. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.
Wow!! I listened to the audio version of this, narrated by Tim Robbins, and if there ever was a perfect bit of casting, then this was it! I was hooked on his every word!! It just brought it all to life so vividly and made for a perfect reading/listening experience!!
It’s always been one of those books I’d heard so much about but had never picked up and it was worth the wait! The setting and content made it all feel very relatable in 2019 with books being burned and people being controlled of what they were told,the short attention spans of people and the constant lack of free thinking or joy!
Guy is one of the fireman whose job it is to track down books and burn them! But his way of thinking is changed when he meets the wonderful Clarice, a young girl who questions everything, notices the little things in life and pines for life the way it used to be -the way shes’ been told about. And this begins his journey to find out more of why life is being so controlled and what he can do about it.
I found this book to be terrifying, brilliant, breathless and extremely profound. The use of Tim Robbins to bring it all alive was just the icing on the cake so can highly recommend the audio version! Loved it!!
Back again with another review! Book 11 has been ticked off although this wasn’t on my original 20 Books list – there’s a surprise! I recently bought a couple of books from Galley Beggar Press and TINDERBOX by Megan Dunn was one of them! And at only 150 pages long it came at the time when I was in need of a little non fiction and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Megan Dunn was in a hole. Her attempt to write a fictional tribute to Fahrenheit 451 wasn’t going well. Borders, the bookseller she worked, for was going bust. Her marriage was failing. Her prospects were narrowing. The world wasn’t quite against her – but it wasn’t exactly helping either.
Riffing on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel about the end of reading, Tinderbox is one of the most interesting books in decades about literary culture and its place in the world. More than that, it’s about how every one of us fits into that bigger picture – and the struggle to make sense of life in the twenty-first century.
Ironically enough for a book about failures in art, Tinderbox is a fantastic achievement; a wonderfully crafted work of non-fiction that is by turns brilliantly funny and achingly sad. … It will also help ensure that you will never ever again be rude to anyone working in retail.
In the author’s words:
It is about the end of the Borders book chain, Julie Christie and me – but not necessarily in that order.
It is also about Ray Bradbury, censorship and the end of the world – but not necessarily in that order.
It is also about Jeff intellectual, Bezos freedom, and Piggle Iggle – not in order but that necessarily.
I really enjoyed this charming and insightful book about the author and her experience and struggle of trying to write a book about a book, while dealing with all that life was throwing at her! It was funny, heartfelt and just made me want to pick up Fahrenheit 451 and re-read it to add to the experience of noticing the little things you often forget about a book when you’ve not read it for so long!
It’s a book about the impact a book can have a person – the experience of reading and the relationship we all share when we connect with a book or author, and the memories it can evoke from the time in our lives when we pick these books up. It also deals with her time as a bookseller – the bookshop Borders was going through very tough financial times while she worked there and some of the things she noticed about staff and customers was enlightening to say the least! Loved the potted history of Borders as well and why it was created and how the creation of A****N(!) affected sales and how we as readers still have such a deep rooted connection with bookshops.
But the main thread of the story is centred around Fahrenheit 451 – the book and film version are both analyzed as she attempts to write a tribute to it and I loved how her mind just kept wandered as she attempted to hit word counts each day. It also touches on book snobbery, reality tv and how she discovered how prophetic the original F451 was -characters without books to light up their minds become more self obsessed/narcissistic – very apt it seems for the world we live in nowadays. And any book that can include Iggle Piggle in gets a thumbs up from me!