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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

ISBN: 0671527215

Language: English

Publisher: Pocket

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Overview

Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue. The Hitchhiker's Guide is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations and stands up to multiple reads. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms.

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An unusual guide

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun." I'm surprised that only one other review has been written about this book. This book is extremely funny, I first read it in high school and have reread it a couple of times since. Some of the humour in this book has dated, buit overall it has stood the test of time. The sequels to this book become a little tiresome.

Didn't Know What To Expect

I heard a lot about this book, though I never exactly knew what it was all about. After reading it, I am very satisfied. It contains a mix of humour and science fiction that I haven't encountered in past novels. It brought up several theories that made me think, including the impossible being the possible. This is a very entertaining book and easy to read. The plot is very easy to follow and the author wrote it in such a way that it is easy for an average joe to understand what is happening in the story.

Don't forget to bring a towel

No matter how many times I read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and I've read it quite a few times already, it never fails to thrill me and induce bouts of almost uncontrollably hearty laughter. With this novel, Douglas Adams gave life to a phenomenon that will long outlive his tragically short life, delighting millions of readers for untold years to come. I'm not sure if science fiction had ever seen anything like this before 1979. This is science fiction made to laugh at itself while honoring its rich tradition, but it is much more than that. Adams' peculiarly dead-on humor also draws deeply from the well of sociology, philosophy, and of course science. Whenever Adams encountered a sacred cow of any sort, he milked it dry before moving on. Beneath the surface of utter hilarity, Adams actually used his sarcasm and wit to make some rather poignant statements about this silly thing called life and the manner in which we are going about living it. This is one reason the book is so well-suited for multiple readings-a high level of enjoyment is guaranteed each time around, and there are always new insights to be gained from Adams' underlying, oftentimes subtle, ideas and approach.Arthur Dent is your normal human being, and so he naturally is more concerned about his house being knocked down than facing the fact that the world is about to end. His friend Ford Prefect, he comes to learn, is actually a researcher from a planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse, but before he can even begin to comprehend this fact, he finds himself zipped up into the confines of the Vogon space cruiser that has just destroyed the planet Earth. Things become even trickier for him when he discovers the great usefulness of sticking a Babel fish into his ear and then meets the singular President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox and his shipmate Trillian, both of whom Arthur actually met months before at a party. Such impossible coincidences are explained by the fact that Beeblebrox's ship is powered by the new Infinite Improbability Drive. Dent grows more and more confused during his travels on board the Heart of Gold, and the story eventually culminates with an amazing visit to an astronomically improbable world.Much of the humor here is impossible to describe; this novel must be read to be appreciated. It seems like every single line holds a joke of some kind within it. The characters are also terrific: the unfortunate Arthur Dent, who basically has no idea what is going on; Ford Prefect, Arthur's remarkable friend from Betelgeuse; Zaphod Beeblebrox, with his two heads, three arms, and cavalier attitude; Trillian the lovely Earth girl who basically flies the Heart of Gold; Slartibartfast the planet builder and fjord-make extraordinaire; and my favorite character of all, Marvin the eternally depressed robot. Life-"loathe it or ignore it, you can't like it" is the Paranoid Android's philosophy. One brilliant thing that Adams does is to step away fro

British writing at its best!

I Love This Book! I have read the first five books in this "trilogy" and I think they're all great, although the first is my favourite. I have never found an author for whom I find all works to be so enjoyable as Douglas Adams. I have also read two of the Dirk Gently "adventures", which only increased my admiration for Adams. If only there were more authors like him out there; his works truly are the best of British humour.

Hilariously funny!

Although I havn't heard all of the the audio cassettes for a few years now, I have read through all of the books in the last few days. I know a lot of people who have read this book (mostly because I've persuaded them to!!), but I don't know a single person that hasn't liked it. If you want to laugh through five books, or five book's worth of tape, then buy this now!!
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