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In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.
This book is a fine example of sci fi's ability to not only project into the future, but comment on current aspects of society--or maybe it always does that? Censorship and societal control and resistance to such control are core themes. If you see our world as subject to 'management' by the PTB, you could do worse that to dip into this and add its take on such to your 'mental library' on the topic. (That's a bit of a spoiler, but I hope not too much so.)
I remember having to read this as a freshman in high school, and decided to come back to it again as an adult, thinking I could better understand what Bradbury was saying in the book. It didn't stick with me back then--the concept was more memorable than what the book actual said--and it still strikes me that way. The major events in the book are very cut-and-dry in the way they happen, and are wrapped up very neatly. While not a bad book, it is just a little bit too clean for my liking.
I read this when I was in high school and I didn't realize how profound of a topic it covered. Bradbury has written on a subject matter that will stand the test of time. Phenomenal writing and book that should be read by all.