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Nonsensical, whimsical, and full of absurdity. Douglas Adams has a childlike sense of wonder and creativity in the way that he wrote that was like no other.
I'm not sure what to say to you that could prepare you for this cult classic. This is a philosophical science fiction novel of fine distinctions: a lot of the humor depends on double meanings and misunderstandings. The unbelievable coincidences that move the characters together are all explainable by an ingenious probability-warping plot device, and the answer to the ultimate question has been found by the Universe's second-greatest computer. Not that any of that benefits us Earthlings, as our planet is destroyed in a bureaucratic mix-up in the early chapters. Confused? You will be, but you will come out the other side, not with all the answers to life, but having completed a parodic send-up of space operas, a satire of philosophy, and a relentlessly funny story of ends, beginnings, and the negotiations in between.
One of my absolute favorites. Adam's dry humor and wit are timeless making this a read appropriate for all occasions.
I loved the absurdities in this book. I listened to the audiobook and it was read by Stephen Fry, excellent choice. I thought the plot was lacking. If it had been filled with only absurdities, I probably would have enjoyed it more but the storyline following Arthur Dent was quite dull.
If you’ve spent anytime simply engaging in Pop Culture, then surely you’d have come across a reference or to to this story in the saga specifically.
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy”, is a quick out of the way story to read that offers the equivalent of comedy as having been days and days of content. All just by being eloquently written!
The story of itself is in no way difficult to interpret; A ragtag group of intergalactic members having no clue as where to. Arthur and Ford being two members of Earth before having just been destroyed, are cast off into space by picking up a ride. Through their adventure of really just not trying to die, they make light of it and essentially make well of it. They meet others who are in search of the answer to The Question, and those people are honestly not the ones to be finding the answer of that. Yet it works, you may be lost in what’s going on but so are the characters. It’s almost as though the book itself is trying to tell you, “Yeah everything is pointless but who cares, we’re having fun and the universe can go off about it”.
All in all, it’s a great read if you want something to be a breeze and pick you up at the same time. The snappy dialogue and inquisitive descriptions will sure to make your day!
This is a unique and classic piece of SF-humour: almost a genre of its own and the source of many well-known quotes. If you like British humour you will love this series of stories (the absurdities are relentless). If you don’t care for it, please ignore this comment.
This is a life handbook. Things I learned that I have carried with me to this day.
1. The answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42 and the reason why no answer ever truly makes sense - is because humans can't even really figure out what the question is.
2. Vogons write the worst poetry in the galaxy.
3. There's a great restaurant at the end of the universe.
4. MOST IMPORTANTLY - never go anywhere without a towel. This one has helped me on numerous occasions it is truly a versatile object.
Best Quote about the Towel
“…it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it around your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindbogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”
The first of a wildly funny SF (sort of) series, especially if you can read it in your head with a British accent. It is a clever satire on many aspects of human nature and history, with many scenes you won't ever forget. Arthur Dent discovers his friend Ford Prefect is an alien who is warning him about the impending destruction of Earth for a subspace bypass. It gets much weirder after that.
Note: after the beginning few scenes, the plots of the book, radio show, television show, and film begin to diverge in several ways. Adams has said that visual jokes, literary jokes, and audio jokes are sometimes quite different even if on the same subject; so each version had to have its own approach.
standing ovation! great travel guide:)
"man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons
Just what I needed. A randomly funny, intelligently written science fiction. Love it!
Reading this in public will make people stare at you as you laugh helplessly.
This book is part of PBS' 'Great American Read' series and attempts to answer deep questions through humor and satire.
This turns up a lot in pop culture so I was very curious but I was disappointed. I had a couple laugh out loud moments but most of the humour was pretty clunky and obvious. Humour is a subjective thing so you may like it, not my cup of tea though. It was definitely unique, haven't come across anything like it before.
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favourite books of all time. The way Adams used language to bounce around ideas was inspired. Reading it now, you can tell it was written in a different time, but it still feels timeless (in a way more serious pop scifi like Star Trek can't really manage).
One of my favourite things about it is that the canonical first version is actually the radio show. The radio show isn't my favourite version, but it does free me up in thinking about adaptations of works to different media. It means I'm a lot more relaxed when a terrible movie is made from a book I love.
Earth is set to be demolished for a galactic freeway. Arthur Dent, Earthling, is rescued from oblivion by an out-of-work actor named Ford Prefect. Or is he?
Absolutely my favorite book of all time!
I remember listening to this as a child and imagining all the wonderful places and strange people you'd meet while traveling the galaxy. This is a highly entertaining and funny book. I would certainly recommend it to anyone with any sense of humor and ability to laugh.
Very goofy and silly, it was a really fun read for having the Earth blow up in the first couple chapters. I have no idea where the series is going but I'm excited to see where it leads.
Well, I've always heard that this book is unique. It definitely lives up to that. I would be able to say more about it if I'd actually understood more than half of it, but I guess I'll have to review the parts I mostly comprehended. :) First of all, my favorite parts were the wacky escapades and the ridiculous humor. Where else can you get the line, "I demand that I am Vroomfrondel!" The most famous part is probably the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Things make a lot more sense now . . .
The only caveat: some language. Hilarious!!
A hilarious science-fiction-comedy mash up. Douglas Adams writes a quirky book about Arthur Dent, your normal everyday man, and Ford Prefect, A researcher for the revised version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy from Betelgeuse Five. After the destruction of Arthur's house to make way for a bypass, and the destruction of Earth to make way for a galactic bypass, Ford saves Arthur as they hitchhike the galaxy, meeting Fords cousin Zaphod, Zaphods assistant Trillian, and the hyper intelligent but chronically depressed Android Marvin. Adams book has unique humor, but some of it comes at the expense of God which some readers may not appreciate. The book also has a few mature references but not enough to ruin the book. I would recommend this book to all teenagers. 4/5. @mittopic of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board.
Okay, here’s the thing about Hitchhiker’s Guide - I read it twice, and only the second time did I actually understand how hilarious it was. You really need to be in the right space when you read it, but if you are, it’s a marvelous work of satire and an intriguing story with a unique message about Earth and human culture. It’s also a very complex and individual writing style, and I realized the 2nd time I read it how much went over my head the first time. It’s one of the most peculiar, almost whimsical books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this as a great read and so much fun! @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
One September morning, Arthur Dent’s house is set to be demolished to make way for a new local bypass. Quite coincidentally, that same day, the Earth is also scheduled to be destroyed by monstrous evil space aliens to accommodate for a new intergalactic hyperspace bypass. Luckily for Arthur, he is yanked off of Earth just in time by Ford Prefect, his close friend and apparent alien entity from the far-off star Betelgeuse. Unluckily for Arthur, he discovers (and quite quickly, may I add) that the Universe is an astoundingly massive and absurd place, and much of it is out to get him. Along with Zaphod Beeblebrox, the president of the galaxy, Trillian, an Earthling mathematical genius and Zaphod’s girlfriend, and Marvin, a maniacally depressed robot, Arthur and his friends begin an incredible journey throughout space and time, along with terribly unpoetic aliens, interdimensional mice, a planet creator with an awful fondness for fjords and a whole lot of Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters. Ridiculously funny and stunningly imaginative, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is a book that will have you in stitches from start to end. (5/5 stars) @Apis of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is by far one of the best books I have ever read it’s full of action and a surprising amount of comedy, although it may not be the best book for some people because most of the humour is random and unpredictable, but for people like me I found the humour quite enjoyable, it is definitely a book I would recommend for people who like books that fall under the Sci-Fi and comedy genres because I feel like you would only truly enjoy the book if you liked those genres and you wouldn’t really get much of the humour, overall this is one of the best books I’ve ever read and I would highly recommend it. 5/5. @TheCommissioner of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
Classic funny read. I laughed a LOT reading this.
Very Sci-Fi and humorus and I liked it!