As booksellers, we often overhear customers lamenting that they've always meant to read “that other Jane Austen novel,” or Graham Greene, or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but just never found the time. We've tried to remedy that with our Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club by providing motivation and a welcoming space to share your thoughts.

In choosing our ‘classics’ over the past few years, we've tried to select titles that had some visibility among readers, but were not necessarily included in the standard high school English class. We've also sampled a range of genres, from mystery (The Long Goodbye) to comedy (Cold Comfort Farm) to stream-of-consciousness (To the Lighthouse). So, whether our picks are already gathering dust on your bookshelves or this is your first encounter with the literary canon, we encourage you to join us on the last Wednesday evening of every month for conversation about the classics.

Friday, July 27, 2007

September 2006--Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

In a sterile, regimented future, the state's power is monstrous, people rely on projected images for emotional sustenance, and books are considered so subversive that "firemen" burn them. If Bradbury's vision seems a little unsurprising now, it's perhaps because so much of it has come true. Published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a devastating critique of Cold War paranoia, conformism, and anti-intellectualism. It tells the story of one fireman who comes to question the accepted social reality and his own part in it. As he does, he discovers a hidden network of dissenters, dedicated to preserving the treasures of literature that society is bent on destroying.


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