Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams
Publisher: Del Rey
Number of Pages: 216 pages
Genre: Humour, Science Fiction, Adventure, Classics, Adult
Summary: Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
This book is ridiculous and random and makes very little sense, but it is fantastic. Any book that has quotes like “Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again,” must be hilarious. When reading this book, you have to put all thoughts of normalcy aside. It is a wild ride of random events that make little sense and hilarious characters, including a depressed robot named Marvin.
Arthur is a little annoying at the beginning, but he gets better. Ford is just great. Trillian was meh and Zaphod was idiotic. Marvin was my favourite character. He causes a ship to become depressed and commit suicide. How could you not love him?
The story makes no sense. Stop trying to make sense of nonsense and just enjoy the bloody thing. Think along the lines of Alice in Wonderland, but in space with less math and more bad Vogon poetry. You will get that joke once you read both of those books. If you are looking for something meaningful, emotional, and deep, look elsewhere because you will find none of that here. It is a required taste so do tread carefully. I loved the book because I went in knowing that it would be random and ridiculous story. You have been warned.
Oh, the ending was great. Unexpected and fantastically hilarious.
Seen the movie? The book is better ☺