Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Tribute to Ray Bradbury

The Times Online has printed an article written by author Neil Gaiman entitled, "Neil Gaiman: Ray Bradbury Made Me Want to Write."

In it, Gaiman reminisces about Bradbury, the builder of dreams, as he reviews the many Bradbury volumes he has read and how they have influenced him and shaped the world. Gaiman refers to Bradbury as "The man who gave us a future to fear, one without stories, without books," an obvious reference to Fahrenheit 451.
Bradbury at his best really was as good as we thought he was. He built so much, and made it his. So when the wind blows the fallen autumn leaves across the road in a riot of flame and gold, or when I see a green field in summer carpeted by yellow dandelions, or when, in winter, I close myself off from the cold and write in a room with a TV screen as big as a wall, I think of Ray Bradbury . . .

Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most ironic banned or challenged books. A book that portrays a world without books, in which ideas are silenced has not only been challenged but when it was first printed for schools, swear words were expunged without the author's knowledge.

The Banned Book Challenge continues until the end of June. Why not choose Fahrenheit 451 as one of your choices?

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