The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Just finished reading THGtoG by Douglas Adams. This isn’t the first time I’ve read this book and probably won’t be the last. I picked up an old paperback a couple of weeks ago at a used book store and as the cover says published in 1979 I’m including this as one of my books on the Vintage Sci Fi event hosted by Little Red Reviewer. I’m also including on Stainless Steel Droppings Sci-Fi experience.
I love this book and can quite genuinely say I don’t think that I’ll ever become bored with it. It’s such a funny take on all things sci fi! If you haven’t read it you definitely need to do so, even if you’ve watched the series or seen the film you should still read this book. That’s right, I’m looking at you and don’t make me come over there!
The story starts with Arthur Dent waking to find his home almost in the process of being demolished in order to make way for a bypass- which turns out to be small fry as we swiftly move on to find out that the whole planet is about to be laid waste by a Vogon Constructor Fleet also in order to make way for a bypass. Arthur is of course rescued in the final minute by his friend Ford Prefect – who isn’t in fact from the planet earth but was left stranded there 15 years earlier – he’s actually from the planet Beetlegeuse and writes snippets for the Hitch Hikers Guide.
We then follow Arthur and Ford as they fall from one near fatal experience to the next.
The characters involved, as well as the above mentioned, – Trillian, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the Paranoid Android. I love these characters. Particularly Marvin – how can you have a paranoid android! I took this snippet from the last couple of chapters where Ford finds Marvin lying face down on the floor (well more trips over him than finds!)
‘Marvin! he exclaimed. ‘What are you doing?” ‘Dont feel you have to take any notice of me, please,’ came a muffled drone. ‘But how are you, metalman?’ said Ford. “very depressed.” “What’s up?” “I don’t know,” said Marvin, “I’ve never been there.” “Why,” said Ford squatting down beside him and shivering, “are you lying face down in the dust?” “It’s a very effective way of being wretched,” said Marvin.
Okay, that’s probably not the best bit to choose but I found it funny.
I mean, it’s not just a funny book though, it’s also thought provoking and takes a look at all sorts of issues, a bit of politics, a bit of religion, a bit of friendship.
Basically, don’t take my word for it – go and read it. It’ll only take a few hours out of your life and I think it’ll give you a kick. Everybody needs a bit of humour in their life and if you like, for example, Monty Python or Blackadder then this book can’t possibly fail!
Hey, you can have my beaten up copy that originally sold for 80p if it’ll make you read it!!