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A Book to Read and Love: Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - Summary & Review

Short Summary of the book Fahrenheit 451:
Television is good, books are flammable.

Questions to Ponder:

Is book-burning every ok? 

Does society have to be made stupid to conform?

My Opinion:

When it was written, television was in its infancy and people relied more on written media for information, there was also more dialogue between people. Fast forward sixty years into the future and you can see people absorbed within a digital world. Opinions are no longer formed through careful consideration after reading, discussion, and careful consideration but through a knee-jerk reaction to a headline and while I have nothing against mind-numbing entertainment, there is a danger in consistently allowing someone else to choose what entertains you.
Despite the book burning metaphor, I have never felt this book was mainly about censorship. To me, it is about a society so used to having entertainment and information blasted to them 24/7 that there is no time for thought and contemplation. When we give u…

A Book to Read and Love: Moby Dick - Herman Melville - Summary & Review

A short summary of the book Moby Dick:Ahab's tale of failed revenge done Salty.
(It's a whale of a tale) Questions I pondered while reading: It is possible to completely know something?
Why are people surprised when exploited beings become violent?
My thoughts: A loquaciously beautiful story.
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135 chapters felt like a great accomplishment.