Top positive review
Powerful messages, beautifully written.
27 December 2019
Censorship, the theme of this book, was present in the US at the time of this book's birth in the 1950s and so it was difficult to obtain a publisher. (Read the afterword to discover more.) Censorship today takes many forms in the guise of 'national security' in this electronic age. An Australian example being the Federal Police raids upon a media journalist's home and upon the National Broadcaster, the ABC, last year because the government did not want the public to know certain information. The effect of the raids has been, it appears from reports, that whistleblower information is drying up. Censorship by fear, by stealth. An unthinking, unquestioning public in the novel is easily manipulated by the government. The public has its entertainment, its wall sized television screens, a surround 'reality' system (as almost do we) where they lap up vacuous shows for purely entertainment/escapism purposes (our scripted 'reality' tv shows).
How insightful was Mr. Bradbury. How wonderful a prose writer was he. How could one not very higly recommend this book.