Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451 Audiobook
451 degrees Fahrenheit: where the temperature at which a book ignites and burns itself. Here is indeed a vision having enough to give a cold sweat to any bibliophile, and it is precisely on this fear that the latehears play, Ray Bradbury who brilliantly reminds us here of an observation of great simplicity but that the unfortunately today there is an unfortunate tendency to forget: our society cannot do without books and writers. Sixty years after the publication of this novel that everyone today agrees to elevate to the rank of the greatest classics of science fiction, the power of the message it conveys remains as strong as ever, and its content as topical. that in 1953. “ Fahrenheit 451 Audiobook ” does not therefore show its age, whether in substance or form, thanks to the brand new translation recently produced by Jacques Chambon. No excuse, therefore, not to launch out and fully appreciate the quality of Bradbury’s work which plunges us into a society of the future where reading, source of far too many disturbing questions and contradictions, has become an act prohibited by the law. To bring in the most resistant to the ranks: a special body of firefighters whose function has been distorted and now consists of burning books and thus ensuring the peace of mind of society.
Strongly inspired by the context of anticommunist psychosis that shook the United States at the time of “McCarthyism” and which directly affected the field of culture (let us recall as an example the exile of Charlie Chaplin), ” Fahrenheit 451 Audiobook ” offers us a chilling vision of a society in which human beings are nothing more than empty shells, unable to relate to each other, living in their little leisure bubble, as soon as consumed as soon as thrown away, and where violence and suicides are become commonplace. Forget any idea of a night walk for the sole purpose of admiring the moon or the stars, moments of sharing with family or friends, and even brief moments of meditation at home, in the street or in public transport. Thinking has become an antisocial act, taking the time to pay attention to what and those around us, a sign of mental imbalance: distraction, always, all the time, by all means, this is what every good citizen must aspire to. ! Bradbury paints us an unvarnished portrait of an empty world, completely devitalized, where creativity, love and friendship are only distant memories and which leaves a feeling of unease that immediately grabs the reader by the throat . A fictional society, certainly, but which presents disturbing parallels with ours, which explains why the subject of the novel remains still today as relevant, and this despite its age.
Of course, we are not yet at the “screen walls”, robot-trackers and the outright eradication of culture, but the author does not prevent the author from addressing here themes that still count today. among the great concerns of our century: the separation of man from his roots; the difficulties in reconciling happiness and progress; and above all the imperialism of the media. Because, asreminds us Jacques Chambon in his preface, “There is more than one way to burn a book, one of them, perhaps the most radical, being to make people incapable of reading by atrophy of everything. interest in literary matters, mental laziness or simple disinformation. What a chilling vision indeed that these beings almost lobotomized by blow of advertisements and insipid programs having for only objective to monopolize permanently their attention and thus divert them from any possibility of reflection! The only tiny spark in this sad and gray universe: a man, who, from being the representative par excellence of the system, will become its greatest enemy. Touching because in the grip of doubt and the deepest despair, Montag is a protagonist who we enjoy following along the long and difficult inner journey towards truth and finally freedom. The secondary characters, although much more withdrawn, are also very convincing, in turn arousing pity (the sad wife of Montag), affection (the mischievous little Clarisse), antipathy, fear, anger. …
With ” Fahrenheit 451 Audiobook ” Ray Bradbury sounds the alarm, for his generation as for those to come, and offers us a real ode to truth, freedom and of course to literature of which he reminds us of the irreplaceable utility. “Help your own rescue, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore.” ”