RAY BRADBURY HAS DIED AGED 91. HE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST WRITERS OF ALL TIME AND COMPLETELY IRREPLACEABLE. WHEN I READ HIS FAHRENHEIT 451 I FOUND IT INSPIRING.
The book has become an old classic (as had the author) and when I start reading a book with that knowledge it usually feels like a bit of a slog. Fahrenheit 451 is NOT a bit of a slog. It is shockingly, breathtakingly, frighteningly brilliant
It’s set in the future and revolves around a fireman who is employed to burn books… all books. Paper combusts at 451 degrees fahrenheit. The book is full of themes that are completely relevant to the contemporary world that it is hard to believe that it was written in the late fifties.
Ray Bradbury was an incredibly intelligent and inspiring person. His advice to aspiring writers was to write one short story every week for a year!! He reckoned it is physically impossible to write 52 crap ones. I never met the man but I feel like I’ll miss him.