Have you read Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451"?

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If so, what was your favorite part?

If not, what are you waiting for?

(sorry Jen for asking such a lame question :)

-- Anonymous, March 09, 2000


I read that so long ago, I can't remember what it was about. I suppose, I could cheat and go look up a synopsis, but I'll wait and see if someone gives a hint.

My lame question would be, "Are you taller than an elephant's penis?" (you know, your height, I mean)

(I just happened to catch "The View" where they were discussing animal sex and heard that stat)

-- Anonymous, March 09, 2000

Many many many many years ago... One of my kids was reading it in school a few weeks ago and I was thinking that I should borrow their lit anthology sometime and reread Farehenheit... I have a very vivid recollection of the movie...

What am I waiting for? Uh, would everyone groan loudly if I said I was waiting for Godot?

Ouch. Sorry 'bout that, couldn't resist.


-- Anonymous, March 09, 2000

Yeah, I read that book, and it was pretty cool! Wish I could say the same for the movie, which is cheesy at best! Anyway, I'd be inclined to say that, for some crazy reason, my favorite part was at the beginning, when Guy Montag meets the teenage girl for the first time (please bear with me, as it's been a good ten years since I've read the book and I have forgotten the name of the girl; I think it's Elise or something), I think because of the way she just babbles on and on about what her father tells her about the past, about signs that used to be smaller and how people used to sit on porches and such. I guess the innocence of that character and her courage in revealing that innocence to someone who could very well kill her and be justified in doing so appeals to me, and so it is imho almost criminal when she is killed off about three or four chapters into the

-- Anonymous, March 16, 2000

I asked the question mostly out of my recent re-reading of the book. It accompanied me on a flight out to San Diego and it was finished during the flight there. It was the first book in years that I've read that left me short of breath. Something to be said for the oldies but goodies, eh?

Anyways, to be fair, I have two favorite parts:

The first is the part when he meets the young girl. Mostly because the whole situation was like falling in love with something because you want to understand it. Something so simple that it attacks the core of your being. Yet it wasn't retarded prosaic angsty 90's crap that she was putting out - everything she said resonated somehow with a deeper truth, something that cut deeper than any tongue or blade. The encounter with the girl felt romantic and dangerous. Enchanting....

Second, I like the part where Fire Chief Beatty has his long speech to Guy outside his home, "asking" him to burn down his own house. It's a whirlwind of a speech that qualifies as the only part of the book I can't understand...yet. I have to keep re-reading that part to make sense of it, and we'll see where it gets me.

Either way, if you haven't yet read the book, please do. It's really worth the time.

-- Anonymous, March 18, 2000

The hoboes were my favourite. the only improvement would be if one of the hoboes claimed to be "Farenheit 451." *raises eyebrows* *raises eyebrows* WOULDN'T IT???

-- Anonymous, May 24, 2000

Yes I have and I would have to say my favorite part (or the part that stuck with me the longest)is when Guy Montag is reading his "stolen" book to his wife and her friends. Their all sitting around watching television like they do everyday, talking about the war (or the coming war) like it was just another program. And Guy starts reading this poem or something and one of the women breaks down crying.They were all sitting there,content and passive,spewing out the same opinions as was told to them on the television (It was a complete room, was'nt it? Four screened walls?)and he read something that actully held some meaning and they just could'nt handle it.

-- Anonymous, February 18, 2002

That was a great book. And I think about it all the time. The "TV friends" is going to come true one of these days. In a way... it what this journal page is about!!! What I'm afraid of though, is that the mindless version of the TV friends that Bradbury predicted is going to soon become a reality.

The other thing I liked about the book was the scapegoat they chose at the end. Someone was randomly picked as the perpetrator of the crime just so that society could feel more comfortable.

-- Anonymous, March 07, 2002

Yes, I am reading the book. It is very intriguing in the manner that it brings to the reader a sense of actual loss as well as a warning. My favorite part was when he came into the old guy's house and asked him for help. The irony of the situation was that I expected the old man to be wise and willing to help. However, he was afraid, even more than Montag. I definitely would recommend this book to everyone. It places you into a whole different world. :)

-- Anonymous, April 08, 2002

Yes I have read his book. It was amazing, although I read his "Illustrated Man" before it. My favorite part would have to be when Mr. Faber says to Montag, "Mr. Montag, you are looking at a coward. I saw the way things were going, a long time back. I said nothing. I'm one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the 'guilty,' but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself. And when finally they set the structure to burn the books, using the firemen, I grunted a few times and subsided, for there were no other grunting or yelling with me, by then. Now its too late" I thought this was amazing. It shows all of us today that we must now stand up and protect the world from this horrible fate. If a few of us stand up for what is right, maybe then more will join and then more... It is endless. The world is already falling apart, people are dulling their minds with drugs and alcohol while people laugh at wars. Some laugh at torture and children in the schools are forever exposed to drugs, I should know because I am a child in school and have been faced with too many friends in trouble already. Why are people not standing up now? Why won't you people try and help the future? Why is it that the adults who are supposed to help, turn their heads when my friend is sexually assaulted? Please, answer my questions because if this is what society is giving to their children, then i don't know what will happen later. Just try to help us. O and nice reference to Waiting for Godot ;-) one of the best plays I read.

-- Anonymous, April 21, 2002

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