Fahrenheit 451


When I was in junior high I read Stephen King’s Firestarter. The preface opens with the immortal opening line fram Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451:

It was a pleasure to burn.

This quote has such a promise of violence (psychological, physical, and otherwise) and pride in the destruction that the book is already filled with a great tension that does not release until the very final word – and this is by virtue of the very first sentence!