Saturday, 19 November 2011

SFXy Firemen


No, not that kind...
I'm talking about the book-burning, totalitarian kind as seen in Ray Bradbury's famous dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451.

Firemen in the world of this seminal SF novel are not concerned with putting out fires, but setting fire to books... and sometimes the people who read them. The main character, Guy Montag, is a loyal fireman who is seemingly content in his work of destroying any kind of information or entertainment which doesn't spew out of a TV screen. Until, one day, he begins to question his role in society...


I wrote a mini-review of the book for the SFX website and was pleased to see an edited version published in this month's issue of "The World's #1 Sci-Fi mag."
Here's the full ( less negative-seeming ) version:

Default Re: SFX BOOK CLUB 69: Fahrenheit 451

It's been probably 20 years since I last read Fahrenheit 451 and, to be honest, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Apart from the fireman, Montag, the characters are cyphers and there is little sense of the rest of the world beyond the immediate drama. Saying that, Bradbury's poetic style shines through, especially during the breathless scenes of Montag's desperate escape from the authorities, and the implications of this book-burning society are chilling. The scariest thought is that Montag's society is self-censoring: "It didn't come from the Government down," explains his fire-chief, "There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with..."
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And here are Oskar Werner and the gorgeous Julie Christie in a still from Francois Truffaut's 1966 adaptation of the book. It's a strange, cold little film and I'm not sure if Truffaut really related to the subject matter... but it does star Julie Christie. Who is, as I said, gorgeous...

5 comments:

Steve said...

There has been talk of a remake of the film for years. I think Mel Gibson was interested. So it would probably become a sci-fi action blockbuster that has something vaguely to do with books or something. I can imagine the Hollywood producers: "Hey, great idea! But can we lose all this bullshit about books? Who wants to see a film about Goddamn books?"

cerebus660 said...

They could replace the books with Kindles :-)

Mickey Glitter said...

Mmmmmm. JULIE CHRISTIE.

cerebus660 said...
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cerebus660 said...

My thoughts exactly...

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