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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
6 7 This influential science-fiction novel, written over 50 years ago, holds many powerful messages about what it means to share knowledge, build community and express creativity. Montag holds the esteemed job of ‘Fireman’, it is his proud duty to start fires, not douse them. He is respected and content, confident that he is doing good by incinerating houses which contain forbidden books. Late one evening he is set off on a path of difficult self-discovery when his strange young neighbour Clarice asks him a simple yet world- changing question: “Are you happy?”. Like many classic science-fiction novels, it is not the technology that lies at the heart of this tale, but rather the mirror that Fahrenheit 451 holds up to reflect our true humanity. ‘ .. .he is respected and content, confident that he is doing good by incinerating houses which contain forbidden books. . . FahrEnhEiT 451 // Ray bradbury // Book cluB reads Top