A Reader Opines: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Publication: 1979 by Harmony
Genre: Science Fiction | Humor
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

This is another book that has been on my mental list of those I want to read. Elements of this series are embedded in popular culture so I had some expectations that I feared wouldn’t be met. Needless worry on my part.

Summary taken from Goodreads:
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.

Arthur Dent’s journey with Ford Prefect is just plain fun. It takes science fiction into the world of humor and does so with skill and heart. The story unfolds organically and the plot points are subtle but effective. I sense undercurrents that will rush to the surface of the sequels and I’m anxious to discover them.

The characters are diverse, each interesting for different reasons. The reader feels for Arthur because his planet is destroyed and he’s thrust into the universe in which he is very much out of his element. Ford Prefect is a perfect bridge between Arthur and the reality of his new life.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a quick read with laugh out loud moments and I wish I had gotten to it sooner. In my defense, took a while for it to become available at the local library, I just hope the next book isn’t so hard to get a hold of.

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