#Fahrenheit451: I tried. I really did.

 

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Fahrenheit 451

By: Ray Bradbury

My Rating: Two out of Five Stars

 

 

 

 

I tried. I really did.

I get it. I really do.

I was bored. I really was.

CENSORSHIP blah blah blah IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION blah blah blah FORCED HAPPINESS blah blah blah KEEP FEELINGS TO YOURSELF blah blah blah BOOKS OPEN EYES blah blah blah SUPPRESSED INTELLECTUAL THINKING blah blah blah TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT CONTROL blah blah blah MONOLOGUE MONOLOGUE MONOLOGUE blah blah BORING.

No wonder high school kids hate to read.

Want to teach kids the same things but not bore them to tears? How about having them read The Hunger Games, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Uglies, Ready Player One, Enders Game, Wool, or The Giver. Does it need to be a “modern classic?” 1984 and A Brave New World have great stories and are excellent jumping-off points for discussion. Does it have to be Bradbury? How about The Exiles, one of the short stories in The Illustrated Man.

The best part of  was the forward by Neil Gaiman.

Now, I know some people love Fahrenheit and Ray Bradbury, so I reserve the right to change my mind in the future. Books change as we change. Maybe next time I’ll get it.

Maybe.

Happy Reading!

4 comments

  1. It’s been a long time since I read this one – at least four decades – and I know that my tastes have changed since then, as have those of the readers (my recent attempt at re-reading Asimov’s “Foundation” did not end well…) so I don’t remember any particular negative feelings about this book. Yet I was intrigued by your comment about kids finding it difficult to read because of these “classics” and was reminded of a comment from my nephew who had to read Fahrenheit last year and *hated* it. You have a point here: if we want kids to read, to enjoy and LOVE books, we have to give them stories they can feel more connected to.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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