Why should you read “Fahrenheit 451”? - Iseult Gillespie
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The inspiration for Fahrenheit 451 also came from real life, when a police car pulled up to Bradbury and a writer friend and began interrogating them. The book was written at a time when artists and writers were particularly under fire for suspected Communist sympathies during the Cold War. Read this article for a deep dive into the political era that spawned Bradbury’s most popular novel, and this for an intimate glimpse of the early days of the novel - which was written, fittingly, in a library.
While the book is a response to contemporary concerns, Bradbury was deeply aware of the long history of censorship and book burnings. Visit Freedom to Read for a fascinating timeline of book burnings.
Although a love of books and language is at the center of the book, Bradbury was also remarkably accurate about the future of media and technology - the book includes virtual reality, surveillance, mass media and wireless entertainment, as well as a dependence on robotics and screens.
Listen to an excellent adaptation of the novel for radio here.
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