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Review of “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

This time we are looking at Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. What can be said about such a classic? Ray Bradbury has his own unique style and sensibilities when it comes to crafting a story. I must recognize the quality of writing here. Take this random sampling for your reading pleasure, “He ran on the white tiles up through the tunnels, ignoring the escalators, because he wanted to feel his feet move, arms swing, lungs clench, unclench, feel his throat go raw with air.” There is a delicate pacing here. All kinds of people, teachers, writers, and readers talk about pacing. It is important, but they are usually referring to plot. Here is a different kind of pacing. Bradbury is controlling how you read and interpret the sentence. He is making you feel the words. Can you feel them? Do they resonate? Does it make for something more than a sentence? It communicates so much purely through its pacing. We can almost feel Montag start to run. His language is simple, because it can be. Simple language is conducive to this movement. Bradbury thinks about his words and what they mean where he uses them. Continue reading Review of “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury