Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams
Published: September 27th 1995 (originally 1979)
Publisher: Del Rey
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. (Goodreads)
So many people have recommended this book to me, so I felt that I needed to read it to see for myself if I liked it. And I can safely say that there’s only one word appropriate enough to describe this book, which is bonkers. Totally, completely, and utterly bonkers. I enjoyed reading it, though I don’t think it will ever be one of my favourites. It had its brilliantly funny moments but, in spite of it being such a short book, there were times when I really struggled to pay attention as to what was going on. There were a few, how shall I put it, dull moments squished in between a lot of hilarious ones.
I had no idea what to expect of this book, so I was pleasantly surprised. Normally I don’t like sci-fi at all – though I make an exception for Doctor Who – but for me Hitchhiker’s falls somewhat into the same category. It’s more sci-fi light, meaning that it is set in outer space, but other than that it doesn’t take itself all that seriously, which I love. I’ll definitely read the other parts of the series at some point.
So all in all an enjoyable read, but not one to put on my favourites list.