Two Underrated Books That I Think Need More Credit
Book 1 – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This first time I read this book was for my high school English class (I can’t remember which grade). I couldn’t put the book down! I was always ahead of the class reading schedule and ended up reading the book on my own. Which, of course I was called an overachiever and made fun of for. I didn’t care the book was that good!
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. (Goodreads)
The world Guy lives in, is run by television and a radio station. It’s policed by poisonous mechanical hound dogs, and firefighters who set fires instead of put them out.
As the story goes on, Guy’s curiosity gets the best of him and he looks to his wife for help, but she is more interested in TV, than her husband’s book obsession. Guy then turns to Faber, a retired English professor. They plan to overthrow the craziness of the world they live in by planting books in all firefighter’s homes. Eventually, Guy gets betrayed by his wife and has to burn his own home down. He manages to escape and get away. He ends up finding a group of “book lovers” who want to bring books back into the world.
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”
“The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.”
What Drew Me to the Book
Automatically, I think the reason this book caught my attention was because how can anyone just burn books! To me books were a beautiful and amazing thing, which no one should want to destroy, but according to the dystopian world Guy lived in they were these awful things that didn’t belong in their world. Books have so much more imagination in them than any TV show, or radio show.
I’m purchasing this book soon to reread and add back to my book collection!
Book 2 – The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway
This was the very first book I read by Hemingway. Also, I didn’t read it until my first semester as a college, yes I said college, sophomore. I have to think my American Lit professor for even introducing this book into my life!
I fell in love with Hemingway’s writing style, even though I once thought he was probably going to be boring and I would fall asleep through his work. Well, I was wrong!
A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. (Goodreads)
The amount of description Hemingway put into his writing, truly makes you feel like you are in the exact place he is writing about. The way he has the characters move throughout the story makes them seem invincible, like they can rule the world. Now, this book changed the way I read many other books, I stopped looking at the words and started to feel them. (I know that sounds creepy). The characters at times do seem boring and Lady Brett needs to just pick one man and stick with him.
What Drew Me to the Book
I honestly have no idea. I just know as soon as I started reading I couldn’t stop. In fact, I think I was one of the only students that actually read the entire book. The book can seem to drag and be a bit boring because of the style Hemingway chose to write, but it’s definitely one book I continue to go back to.
“I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.”
“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?”
“Isn’t it pretty to think so.”
Let me know if you have any underrated books I should check out!
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