It was a pleasure to burn.
It was a special pleasure to see things eaten,
to see things blackened and changed.

― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury's novel imagines a world where books are banned from all areas of life - and possessing, let alone reading them, is forbidden.

The protagonist, Montag, is a fireman responsible for destroying what remains. But as his pleasure gives way to doubt, the story raises critical questions of how to preserve one's mind in a society where free will, self-expression, and curiosity are under fire.

In Montag's world, mass media has a monopoly on information, erasing almost all ability for independent thoguht. Gradually, he begins to question the basis of his work and society.

This dystopic place is governed by surveillance, robotics, and virtual reality - a vision that proved remarkably prescient but also spoke to the concerns of the time when it was written, in 1953.
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What are the consequences of taking the troubling features of the world around us to an extreme? Does this sound familiar? Does our apathy give rise to far-right governments?

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