Ray Bradbury

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Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American author and screenwriter, widely known for his dystopian novel “Fahrenheit 451” (1953). This work presents a future society where books are outlawed and firemen are tasked with burning any that they find. Books promote free thinking: that’s why they have been slowly removed.
Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns
The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are. They’re Caesar’s praetorian guard, whispering as the parade roars down the avenue, ‘Remember, Caesar, thou art mortal.’ Most of us can’t rush around, talk to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven’t time, money or that many friends. The things you’re looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book.”
Lo scopo dei libri è ricordarci quanto siamo stupidi, dissennati. Sono i pretoriani di Cesare, che mormorano, mentre il corteo trionfale passa rombando: “Ricordati, Cesare che anche tu sei mortale”. La maggior parte di noi non può correre qua e là notte e giorno, parlare con tutti, conoscere tutte le città del mondo, non abbiamo tempi, denaro, nemmeno tanti amici. Le cose che cerchi, Montag, sono in questo mondo, ma il solo modo per cui l’uomo medio potrà vederne il novantanove per cento è in un libro.”

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