AP Reading List – Book-A-Day: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is our pick for the #Book-A-Day choice.Author:  Ray Bradbury

Category: Fiction

Overview: Bradbury explores a future time where American life is extremely fast-paced and alternative entertainment abounds.  When people are so busy or too distracted  to spend time on deep thought as represented by books.  In that age how would people view books and how would it affect them?  This is what Bradbury seeks to answer.

What they’re saying in the Prepwise staff room:

Lisa: The book is really making a social statement. It was written during the McCarthy era when the threat of censorship being taken to an extreme was very real. I think this is important because sometimes our rights can slowly be eroded and we need to be aware of that.

Taylor: In the world of Fahrenheit 451, books are no longer allowed in society. The main character is a fire fighter who, instead of putting out fires, must burn down the house of anyone who is possession of books, even though he secretly has his own hidd

Rebecca:  “It’s curious that a book about censorship should so often wind up on banned book lists. It begs the question, what is it about literature that is so essential to mankind? And the best part is the transformation we see in Montag.”

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