Febookuary – Fahrenheit 451 – We Burn to Preserve

‘It was a pleasure to burn.’

Fahrenheit_451_1st_ed_coverThe opening line to Ray Bradbury’s dystopia Fahrenheit 451 is possibly one of the most disturbing in fiction. A man who say with glee that:

‘It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters of and charcoal ruins of history.’

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