March, 2016:
"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

Book cover, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Essential data

Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: Dystopian fiction
Published: 1953
Pages: 164
Reading started: January 27th, 2016
Current progress: Page 164 of 164 (100%)
Reading ended: February 3rd, 2016. "Fahrenheit 451" was successfully finished in 7 days.
Review score: 3 of 5

Description

Wikipedia: Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury asserted to be the autoignition temperature of paper. (In reality, scientists place the autoignition temperature of paper anywhere from high 440 degrees Fahrenheit to some 30 degrees hotter, depending on the study and type of paper.)

The novel has been the subject of interpretations focusing on the historical role of book burning in suppressing dissenting ideas. In a 1956 radio interview, Bradbury stated that he wrote Fahrenheit 451 because of his concerns at the time (during the McCarthy era) about the threat of book burning in the United States. In later years, he stated his motivation for writing the book in more general terms.