From my bookshelf

Fahrenheit 451 is on my bookshelf – my well-read copy was replaced in 2013 with this 60th Anniversary Edition. Looking at the books that I treasure and return to – whether to reread the entire volume or to look for a certain passage – this book about intolerance, power, and freedom is chilling.

It was a pleasure to burn. 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 conductors playing all the symphonies of blazing ad burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Citation from page 1. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, Copyright 1995
“You can’t ever have my books,’ she said.” Joseph Mugnaini’s frontispiece appeared in the initial printings of the first American and British editions of Fahrenheit 451.

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