This book was recommended by one of my goodread's friend. She even lend me her book long time ago and I just finished reading this book on May 2011.
It's all about a life as a fireman. As we know, a fireman must be ready to perform job functions such as fighting fires, rescuing people or animals from burning or collapsed buildings and providing emergency medical assistance. Firemen also work with police, providing general assistance at accident and crime scenes. BUT, the main character in this book, Mr. Montag, works as a fireman who doesn't put out fires but start them in order to burn books, contradiciting to the real responsibility as a fireman.
Books are prohibited in the city. Any person who has books will be reported and firemen will straight away go to that house and burn all the books, and in one case, the book owner was burned together with her books. Montag has bad feeling about that and for the first time he thought that he realized that there was a man behind each one of books where he had think and had to take long time to put idea down on paper.
At the same time, he had a weird feeling after had meetings with his next-door neighbor Clarisse, a young girl thrilled by the ideas in books, and more interested in what she can see in the world around her than in the mindless chatter of the tube. When Clarisse disappears mysteriously, Montag is moved to make some changes, and starts hiding books in his home. Eventually, his wife turns him in, and he must answer the call to burn his secret cache of books. After fleeing to avoid arrest, Montag winds up joining an outlaw band of scholars who keep the contents of books in their heads, waiting for the time society will once again need the wisdom of literature.
I love when the author is trying to highlight the importance of book when Montag had chats with Faber. There are three important points:
- Book absolutely has quality of information. That quality means texture. It has pores, has good features. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more literary you are. Its quality tells more about life and truth.
- Book fulfills with leisure to digest it. It contradicts to television and book's leisure is totally different with television.
- Book has the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the previous points. It speaks without voices.
And I'm sure there are more points about the importance of books. Read books, appreciate books, and maybe one day you will be books.. 6__^