Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451 (audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Harper Audio

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.25/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Gajs Montāgs dzīvo pasaulē, kur grāmatas ir aizliegtas un dedzinātas. Pēc profesijas uguns radītājs un nevis dzēsējs, jo visas mājas ir pilnībā ugunsdrošas un bija vajadzība atrast visiem dzēsējiem jaunu nodarbošanos. Tomēr autors intervijā bilst, ka aizliegta ir grāmatu lasīšana, nevis to atrašanās tavā īpašumā.

Pamatojums, kāpēc vara šādi rīkojusies visai absurds, min arī to, ka jau kādai grupai kaut kas nepatīk, tad tas uzreiz kļūst par iemeslu mešanai ugunī, šķiet, tik lai saglabāt mieru vai kā. Par spīti tam, ka grāmatas tiek vainotas kā visu nelaimju cēlonis, Gajs nav īpaši priecīgs. Tā, sākoties ar iekšējām pārdomām, Gajs izmainās, un rīkojas pat tik radikāli, ka slēpj pie sevis dažādus literārus darbus.

Savā atklāsmē Gajs tomēr ir savtīgs, iespējams vienkārši nespēja iejaukties, izraisot dažu labu līdzcilvēka pāragru nāvi, nemaz nepieminot viņa darbu pirms tam.

Šī pasaule nav bez savas pretošanās kustības, vienīgais makten pasīva, un gaida, kad pati sabiedrība attapsies, lai tā iegūtu skaitlisko pārsvaru. Un metode, kādu viņi izvēlējušies, arī visai neparasta – katrs ir iegaumējis ja ne kādu grāmatu pilnībā, tad vismaz nodaļu, un tad, kad būs pārmaiņu laiks, varēs atkal visu apkopot.

Grūti iedomāties, kā gan tik tālu sabiedrība būtu spējusi nonākt, ja es satraucos pat par mazāko bukti un ielocītu lapu :D, un atkal jāpiemin intervija, kur autors min piemēru par grāmatu dedzināšanu Berlīnē Hitlera laikā (piem., ‘’Grāmatu zagle’’). Šis stāsts liek novērtēt, cik gan vērtīgas tās grāmatas un stāsti tajās ira.

Ja vēl ir kas, ko vērts pieminēt, tad tas, ka autors aprakstos ievij maņas, piem., oža. Jau tāda vienkārša padarīšana kā fiziskas grāmatas smarža.

                                                                                                                                                

In the world where all books are banned and if found burned Guy Montag is fireman. In this world all houses are completely fire proof so their job is to burn books and not to put out fires. Although the author in the interview mentions that it’s illegal to read books and not to own them.

Reasoning why such a thing is done is absurd like if some group doesn’t like such and such book then it has to be destroyed, I guess to please them. Despite that it’s told that books are the reason for every bad thing and unhappiness Guy can’t say about himself that he would be happy. So the changes starts with inner contemplation and continues with hiding books.

I would say that Guy in his revelation is a bit selfish, maybe just incapable, as some of his acquaintances get themselves killed, not even mentioning his work before that.

This world isn’t without its resistance, only this one is a passive one. They are waiting when the society will realize in what kind of world they live in, and when the change comes they would outnumber others. While that hasn’t happened each of them has memorized if not a whole book than at least a chapter, so later it would be possible to recreate the lost books.

It’s hard to imagine what would motivate a society to burn books considering that I get upset about the smallest dent or bent page. Once again I have to mention the interview where Ray gives an example of Berlin in Hitler’s time; my example could be The Book Thief. This story makes you appreciate how important books and the stories in them really are

The last thing worth mentioning would be that the author uses senses like smell in descriptions. Like a good smell of a book.

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