by Ray Bradbury

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This 1953 novel is a classic with a great premise that doesn't seem so sci-fi any more: a future society that burns books and relies heavily on technology, especially mindless reality tv, to relieve the mind-numbing boredom that results from a world without books. One thing that really struck me is that the book burning was not suddenly imposed by a totalitarian government, but instead happened gradually, made possible by complacency and inaction on the part of the general populace. This book reminds us of the value of books as repositories of knowledge that enrich societies and help them grow rather than stagnate.

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