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This review is from: Fahrenheit 451 (Paperback)
I keep coming back to science fiction written in the 50's and 60's. This novel is a perfect example of why I do this.
I've read this a few times now, and it's always a pleasure to do so. It may not be the best written, but since it was one of Bradbury's first novels, I'm prepared to be tolerant of the writing style.
The ideas presented here are still fresh and relevant today, and most certainly set the ground work for many of those which followed. It's influence can be seen in King's 'Running Man'(the original Bachman book, not the screenplay), and Ira Levin's 'This Perfect Day'.
The central theme of the state imposing what the masses may/may not have access to, and that above all "ignorance is bliss", can be seen in today's society to some extent.
This is undoubtedly a single-sitting novel. Whenever I pick it up to read it, I find that it's easier to read to the end than attempt to put it down and come back to it later when I'm half way through. It is easy to read, and the story flows beautifully from beginning to end. A perfect book for a wet sunday afternoon.