Fahrenheit 451

“Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.” Ray  Bradburyfahrenheit 451 don q book

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury was first published back in 1950 as “The Fire Man,” it was published as Fahrenheit 451 in 1953. This classic novel was the perfect choice to read during Reading Week.

I have read this book before in my language and few weeks ago I decided to read it in original. I knew it was about a fireman, Guy Montag, whose job is not to put out fires but instead to start them, burning books which are banned in the future world in which he lives. When we first meet Montag, he is seemingly content with his job and his life. But then he meets a girl who starts asking questions and opens his eyes to the reality of the world around him. A world in which people no longer read, but it’s no more than that. They no longer talk with each another about anything meaningful and silly (ludicrous). They spend their days in their parlors watching wall-to-wall televisions, interacting with their “friends” who appear on their walls and entertain them and that’s it, it is their everyday life.

I had gone into the novel thinking it was mainly about censorship and book burning, but it really isn’t. I was expecting the lack of books but not the complete world Bradbury creates in this novel. It was so dismal and depressing, and while the missing books contributed to that, it was also the lack of human interaction and caring, and the lack of knowledge and interest in learning about things, lack of the world understanding. It was a degradation of the humanity. It was more of a statement about the damaging effects of television.

I also found it to be a statement of the times in which it was written, in a sense. Bradbury, writing in 1950, would naturally think of a future world overrun with television, atomic bombs and fast cars. It was interesting to read a dystopian novel written so long ago because there is no reference to computers or other modern devices and equipment. For examples these “seashells’ that translate television channels and radio is a basic modern headphones.  But many of his written things came true, became a problem for today.

There is certainly plenty of guessing as to what is going to happen next, and quite a bit of action to keep the story moving. Bradbury’s writing style is very mysterious and inspire me. His books read like a dreams, nightmares that came true. Mr. Bradbury and his book Fahrenheit 451 are beloved for me.

 

B Week 1: New Vocabulary 5

1. flagrant  adj.
a big ~ mistake, horrible.
Syn. mistake, horrible.
EX: She doesn’t love me it’s her flagrant mistake.

2. somnambulate v.
to sleep and walk in one.
Syn. walk.
EX: I was scared when my mom told me that I had somnabulated.

3. impavid adj.
not afraid, fearless.
Syn. fearless.
EX: I was impavid when my friend tried to scare me.

4. skedaddle v.
to flee in a panic, to become crazy.
Syn. flee.
EX: My cat skedaddled when he got that there are no food in his pipkin.

5. belgard n. & v.
lovely look, kind, loving look.
look lovely.
Syn. kind look.
EX: One person told me: “Stop belgarding me, you know I can’t say no to those eyes!”

6. discombobulate v.
to make upset, to cause confusion.
Syn. confuse.
EX: Sometimes Sasha’s tests discombobulate me.

7. involve v.
Syn. include.
EX: don’t involve me in your family efforts!

8. conceive v.
to create smtg.
Syn. create.
EX: The artist conceived a new idea.

9. deflagrate v.
to burn up suddenly, to burn with great heat and intense light.
Syn. burn.
EX: All my books suddenly deflagrated.

10. fard v.
to paint face with cosmetics.
EX: My mom doesn’t like farding her face.

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B Week 1: New Vocabulary 4

1.make-shift adj.
smtg simple and temporary
Syn. simple, constant, easy.
EX: Make-shift Esperanto language was very popular in USSR.

2. from scratch ph.
from the very beginning.
Syn. from the origin.
EX: I decide it’s over. Let’s start it over from scratch.

3. vanity n. vanish adj.
excessive pride in one’s appearance.
Syn. smtg, somebody, with lack of real value, worthless.
EX: He was suffered by the vanity of his selfish life.

4. cotton on ph.
to make use, understand, learn smtg.
Syn. learn, understand, get.
EX: The Monkeys have cottoned on this game.

5. sparky/ sparkly adj.
somebody lively, vivacious, spirited.
EX: A 116-year-old Canadian woman is declared the oldest person in the world, she looks very sparky.

6. glitz n. v. (slang)
ostentatious showiness;
extravagant flashiness;
gaudiness or glitter.
Syn. window-dressing.
EX: Hollywood stars are rich, famous, vanish, and glitz.

7. interrogation n.
police questioning, hard questioning.
Syn. examination, questioning.
EX: Today I will conduct an interrogation.

8. picky adj.
somebody who is extremely fussy, or finical, informal.
EX: Students think that I am picky. Yes, I am!

9. fern n.
simple plant, prehistoric plant, old plan.
Syn. plant.
EX: I found fern’s flower.

10. finery n.
dress, adored dress, blaze dress.
Syn. dress.
EX: She was dressed up in all her finery.

 

 

Mysterious Letters

This is the most interesting thing I’ve seen in a long time. Michael Crowand and Lenka Clayton plan to write letters to everyone in the entire world. They have started by mailing personal handwritten letters, notes, and postcards to 467 households in the small Irish village of Cushendall. Nearly everyone in the village received something! It caused such a stir that BBC News-line actually picked up the story. The two artists are now documenting the project on their blog: http://mysteriousletters.blogspot.ca.

Overall, their project is really mystery and it’s terrible as you might expect, that some people — particularly the elderly — were frightened by the letters. That fear was the focus of the story, each letter has a story and it’s wrote in academic style that went out about the project, and even got picked up by the New York Times. “Pittsburgh mystery letters revealed as art project.”

“We aim to sent a personal, handwritten letter to every household in the world.

So far we have written to every home in the small Irish seaside town of Cushendall, the inhabitants of Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, everyone on a long street in St. Gallen, Switzerland and quite a lot of people in Cologne, Germany.

We hope the unsolicited letters prompt neighbourly discussion that will spread across the town, promoting community curiosity. When compared between neighbours, no two will be the same. The art-work consists solely of the discussion between the recipients about what on Earth these letters are, who sent them and why, etc.” Lenka & Michael.

Now, they are writing letters to France. May be our town will be next.
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B Week 1: New Vocabulary 3

1. to preconceive(d) v.
to conceive or create of ahead in time.
Syn. tainted, prejudiced.
EX: All her preconceived ideas of the robbing of this bank vanished like smoke.

2. disastrous adj.
very unfortunate, ruinous.
extremely bad, terrible.
EX: “…it ended up being, disastrous for him and his army.”

3. slain (slay) v.
to kill by violence, to strike.
Syn. to kill, to strike.
EX: We could have slain it.

4. woollen & woolen adj.
smtg that made from wool.
Syn. bear’s, bearskin.

5. ostensibly
like, may be, as, perhaps.
Syn. may be.
EX: She retreated to the kitchen, ostensibly to prepare coffee.

6. end up v.
finally be or do smtg.
Syn. turn out to be, roll to, rolled up to.
EX: “…it ended up being disastrous for him and him and his army.”

7. to till v.
to prepare land for the raising of crops.
Syn. cultivate.
EX: They didn’t till the land and they didn’t build cities like the Greeks.

8. lofty adj.
very, very height, haughty.
Syn. height, haughty.
EX: He was ushered into a lofty hall.

9. surpass v.
to be greater than smb.
Syn. to overstep.
EX: Reality has surpassed hi expectations.

10. dare & defy v.
the act of challenge (to do smtg)
Syn. dare, act, defy.
EX:  Somebody, “How could he dare?”

 

 

B Week 1: New Vocabulary 2

1. ash n.

the grayish-white to black powdery residue left when smtg is burned…
Syn. ruins, debris, dust, powder.
EX: All his hopes turned to dust and ashes.

2. to get down p.
same meaning with to frustrate.
Syn. frustrate, disappoint.
EX: The students got me down with fake emotions.

3. buzz off p.
leave me alone.
Syn. get out.
EX: I wish you to buzz off.

4. odious adj.
very bad.
Syn. hateful, disagreeable.
EX: It’s an odious business.

5. blessed adj.
something that is impossible, holy, or smtg similar with God.
Syn. fortunate, holy, joyful.
EX: I dipped my finger in the blessed water.

6. facile adj.
very simple, not difficult.
Syn. simple.
EX: This victory was facile.

B Week 1: New Vocabulary

1. counterproductive adj.
Making to return to previous results.
Example: “…the evolution of human beings would be counterproductive…”
Syn. harmful – causing or capable of causing harm;
Syn. degradable – capable to degradation;
Ant. safe – free from danger or the risk of harm.

2. to exacerbate v.
Make it more detail; Make it more difficult; Make worse.
Example: “I’d like to exacerbate this painting, to do it in barocco style, to make people suffer.”
Syn.
to aggravate – to cause problems;
Ant. 
to simplify – to make smtg. more simple.

3. praise n.
Praise means “admiration or approval,” and when you’re on the receiving end of it, you feel great.
Very simple and keen example: “Praise God.”
Syn. pride (although it’s one of seven deadly sins but it have some same);
Ant. criticism – the expression of disapproval of someone or something;
Ant. punishment – “an eye for an eye”

4. Difference and meaning of two phrases: “Look out!” and Watch out!”.
“Look out!” – means that smtg. have happened and you should run away from danger.
“Watch out” – means that smtg. would be happen and you should be attentive, be careful.

5. to point out v.
It means to make somebody to pay attention on smtg.
Example: the part of the excursion, “…pointing interesting stone symbols out…”
Syn. to call attention = to pay attention;
Ant. to divert – to shift or turn from one thing to another = to divert your attention.

6. to figure out v.
It has to meanings:
1. to sum the tax for example or anything else;
2. to understand, to get.
Example 1: “I’d like to figure my tax out again.”
Example 2: “Can you figure out this word?”

7. Justice n.
Justice means if you do smtg by laws.
Example: Super heroes fight for justice because they want everything to be fair and not let bad guys win.
Syn. judge – A judge is also known as a justice too
Ant. injustice

8. Aversion n.
If you have an aversion to something, you have an intense dislike for it.
Example: “I have an aversion for people!” smiled the princess…
Syn. revulsion
Syn. disgust

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