Day 8, of 30 Days of Books

Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once

I guess it would be cheating to repeat myself, by saying The Book Thief, although I’m awfully tempted, because I think you should. Instead, I will spread myself around and instead Fahrenheit 451.

It might be a bit clunky, to the modern reader, and there are futuristic ideas that might amuse. But there are some ideas that are scary for how close they come to being real even now, and you can see how things could go that step further into crazyland. And, of course, it’s a marvellous, salutary, terrifying look at what the world could become. I don’t really think for a moment that Australia could ever become what Bradbury was imagining… surely?… but little bits and pieces….

It is likely to give anyone who loves books screaming nightmares, but I think that should just make us appreciate them all the better. And work at improving our memories.

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