I don’t usually do this before reading a book, but before I began reading Literature, I did a bit of research. Most of the reviews it got were very good, one even saying it reminded the reviewer of Huxley’s A brave new world and Orwell’s 1984. Sold! I thought as I began enthusiastically reading it.
Well, maybe my expectations were set a little too high. The first few pages of the book, I didn’t really understand what it was about and I must say, that at the end of the book, I still couldn’t definitely say that I did.
The book is set in a dystopian universe, one in which all fiction books are banned for a reason that escaped me. At least, in Fahrenheit 451, there was a good reason why they were banned.
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The main character of the book, Billy Stringer, starts his journey at a research facility of some sorts, where they are inventing a new means of transportation, where cognitive thinking is the fuel, and for this you need fiction. It is entirely possible that I got this wrong, but if I did, then so may other readers. And so, begins the worst day of Billy’s life.
Billy if offered a job at this facility, but later we find out, that Billy and his then girlfriend’s brother, Vince, have been reading contraband books, and this puts him in danger because book readers are viewed as terrorists by the authorities. Throughout the book, we get glimpses of Billy’s life before he meets Vince when he is a satisfied integrated human being, and after, when he starts reading books when he questions everything around him.
The ending is every bit as fuzzy to me as the rest of the book, but I will let you be the judge of that if you decide to read it. Maybe I was in a weird mood when I read it, maybe it’s just a little too deep and filled with symbolism for my taste, maybe it was just not a good fit for me, but it could be one for you.