It's the future, indeed! January of a new year seemed like an apt time to read a book with a futuristic theme. This month we're reading Ray Bradbury's classic, Fahrenheit 451. In this novel's dystopian future, books are banned and firefighters are charged with setting fires, not putting them out.
We'll be meeting on the Durham side of town, exact location tbd. As it is every month, we'd love for you volunteer to lead discussion. You can also get a 10% discount on this title at the Regulator Book Shop on 9th Street.
Here's a link to info on Amazon and Wikipedia, and a short blurb:
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.