Banned Books Week Featured Book: Fahrenheit 451
Listed below is a review of "Fahrenheit 451" courtesy of Jan Harp, Acquisitions.
"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury is a cautionary tale set in the future America where books are outlawed and are burned by firemen. It is the story of one fireman, Gus Montag, who slowly goes from blindly following orders to burn books to becoming a wanted fugitive dedicated to saving books. This book was banned/challenged for offensive language and content. I chose Fahrenheit 451 published in 1953 because it has been challenged and censored since the first publication, starting with the publishers. The publishers edited without Bradbury’s consent or knowledge until he was informed by a friend in the late 50’s. The experiences of Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451 were instrumental in the American Library Association becoming involved with Banned Book Week.
To view a reading of this book, see the library's YouTube channel.
To see more about banned books, check the library's Banned Books Week Guide. We'll also be in the UC from 11am-2pm all this week for virtual read-outs.