You Have The Freedom To Read Fahrenheit 451

Stop Thinking.

Stop Thinking Right Now.

Because that book you have in your hands will cause you to Think.

Unacceptable Behavior.

Prepare for the book to burn.

Thank You for your cooperation.

This is the future world existing just around the corner, only a scant few minutes from our present times.  Everyday, books which are filled with ideas to provoke thoughts and feelings in us, are routinely challenged and banned by unthinking and unfeeling scoundrels.  These immoral vapid inhabitants of our planet are constantly trying to control what you read in order to control how you think.  The scary insane world they propagate is shown in all of it’s terrifying fullness in one book.  A literary classic by one of our modern masters.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  And yes, “they” have attempted to ban this book as well.

A Spoiler Filled Summary Follows.

First published in 1953, this slim volume tells the complete tale of Earth, sometime down our future road, where books of all types are banned.  Reading is prohibited by law.  Virtually everyone drugs themselves out on television all night and day.  Into this time and place we are introduced to Montag, who, while out walking one night, meets a teenage girl named Clarisse.  She does the unthinkable and goads him into thinking, creating thoughts of his own, and wonder about all aspects of his life.  Montag’s wife is whiling her life away in front of the television, and he cannot seek solace for these uncomfortable ideas at work either.  For Montag has the profession of enforcer of this societies rules.  He is a fireman.

For in this twisted tormented existence, all houses are fireproof.  Firemen are called upon to save citizens from the illicit few who still harbour those dangerous, vile and destructive books.  Crashing through your front door, the fireman ransack and pillage all over your home in order to find your treasured hidden books.  These offensive items are then piled up in your living room.  And then set afire.

Just close your eyes right now and imagine all your books burning up in a massive pile.  Terrifying isn’t it?

And this is where the title of the book comes from.  The temperature of Fahrenheit 451 is when paper burns.  A fact that we never wanted to know, never needed to know, but Bradbury makes it a part of our reality.

And now back to the story of Montag, the man who preaches fire against books, is experiencing doubts about his purpose.  His inner turmoil is kept secret from Captain Beatty, the suspicious fire chief, but to no avail.  After stealing a book from a “crime scene”, he slowly realizes they are coming for him.  Now a fugitive whose only sin was wishing to read, Montag is chased out of the city and into the wilderness away from “civilization.”  Meeting up with a group of fellow refuges, Montag settles into his new journey, now finally free to read.

And now he is happy.

Ray Bradbury

Bradbury’s story of burning books became an instant classic and helped launch his greatness.  What initially started life as a short story, he nurtured into a fully developed gem about the horrors of censorship.  Bradbury saw an evil that existed, that crept along stalking humanity since the dawn of time, and felt emboldened to expose it.  He famously wrote the entire manuscript at a local University on a pay typewriter that charged a dime per half hour.  That is how strongly Ray Bradbury had to tell Fahrenheit 451.  Unfortunately a rather mediocre movie was produced in 1966, which except for a haunting ending is mostly a waste.  It was also mentioned in singer’s Rachel Bloom musical ode to Bradbury, a song that can be easily found on Youtube and is NSFW.

Their are two reasons for my diatribe today.  One reason is to pay tribute to a fine excellent book that teaches you to cherish reading and knowledge and ideas.  The lifeblood of our soul.  The second reason is because coming up is Freedom To Read Week.  Beginning Sunday February 26th and ending Saturday March 3rd and is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.  This annual event wants Canadians to think about and value their freedom to read what they want, when they want.  This proved to me the perfect confluence of events, the story that epitomizes the fight for the right to think, married to the week that celebrates your right to think.

If you have never read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, this week would be the perfect time to.  The intellectual charlatans who loudly proclaim moral objections to various books are really cowards afraid of the ideas expressed.  They deserve no attention and should be granted no quarter.  The existence of Montag must never come to be.

The present world we live in is wonderful, a beautiful here and now.  Everyday, books which are filled with ideas to provoke thoughts and feelings in us, are routinely consumed and enjoyed by thinking and feeling people.  These amazing lively humans on our planet are continually trying to spread happiness by sharing their readings to help cause you to think.  The encouraging healthy vision they propel is what society starts to transform into at the conclusion of one book.  A literary classic by one of our modern masters that will never come to be.

Start Thinking.

Start Thinking Right Now.

Because that book you have in your hands will cause you to Think.

Excellent Behavior.

Prepare for the book to be read.

Thank You for your excitement.

Scoopriches

P.S. Book covers for Fahrenheit 451 are copyright 2012 to Ballantine Books.  It is 147 pages in paperback.

Top Banned Books

As published in the Globe And Mail, the American Library Association compiled a list of the top 50 banned/challenged books of the decade.  For the complete 50 click here.  The following are the top ten:

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling

2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell

5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz

8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman

9. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

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