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!!

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20 Responses to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams”

  1. nrlymrtl

    I’ve read this book a few times over the years. While I find it enjoyable, I have never fully clicked with it the way others have. Though last year i did listen to the audiobook, which I found more fun than simply reading it as the narrator did a great job with the different voices. Are you going to read the rest in the series?

    • lynnsbooks

      The funny thing is that whilst reading this I was sort of hearing the voices from the series – a little bit like my own strange version of audio book.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Rowen Sivertsen

    Now there’s a book that you can read 20 times and find something new each time! It’s one of those books you can use to learn new languages – you have the patience to read it again. slowly, and yet know it well enough to guess what’s being said in Spanish, or Arabic, or Russian …

    • lynnsbooks

      I suppose that would be one way of practising your language skills!
      Lynn 😀

  3. jessicabookworm

    I love this book…and I think it is high time for a re-read for me too 🙂

  4. Adam

    I first read this book in high school, and immediately after reading it I let a friend borrow it and about half of the lines in the book ended up being inside jokes between us. I’ve read all 5 books in the trilogy multiple times, they’re all a lot of fun to read but the first one is probably the best.

    • lynnsbooks

      I think so too! I love it when you have inside jokes like that. Mine tends to be lines out of Blackadder.
      Lynn 😀

  5. brideofthebookgod

    I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read this and it’s sequels. Friends and I quote it regularly. It’s important to me to know where my towel is. Always.

    • lynnsbooks

      Ha, ha, I love that bit about the towel – so long as you carry a towel people think you’re prepared and then you can just make free and easy with all their things! Brilliant.
      Lynn 😀

  6. TBM

    I have never read this one. Shall I give you my address so you can send the book? Just kidding. I do mean to read it.

    • lynnsbooks

      Hello
      Well, I did offer – if you want to email your address I’ll send it you. You’re UK and it’s only a little book (plus a bit beaten about).
      Lynn 😀

      • TBM

        LOL, I appreciate the offer. I’m sure the library has a copy. But thanks!

      • lynnsbooks

        Well, don’t forget! There’s a copy here with your name on it!
        Lynn 😀

  7. Redhead

    A friend of mine lent this to me when I was 13 or 14 years old. I remember thinking after I finished it “I have no idea what I just read, but I know I liked it!”. By the time my sister and I had finished high school, we’d read that paperback so many times it had fallen apart, and we too had lots of inside jokes from it.

    such a fun, funny book, I can’t wait to read it again!

    • lynnsbooks

      I actually really enjoyed rereading it – it’s been a few years and the funny thing with rereads is discovering things that your younger self would never have picked up on. Such a funny book. I kept spontaneously bursting into laughter and trying to read bits out to Paul – who clearly wasn’t enjoying the experience. But that’s the sort of sharing type of person that I am.
      Lynn 😀

  8. cherylmahoney

    This is such a fun series. I enjoy Douglas Adams’ books, but at the same time I find myself loving his isolated moments or concepts even more. I like the books, but I *love* (LOVE!) 42, and “the best laid plans of mice.” 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I know. The mice were brilliant and I love the way they turned a little bit sinister at the end!
      Lynn 😀

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  10. Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.16 | Books and travelling with Lynn

    […] As part of Vintage Sci Fi month being hosted by Little Red Reviewer I’ve given myself a small challenge to post a vintage book each day – one that I’ve read – and to highlight some of the covers.   Today’s choice is one of my favourites: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  This only just snuck into the challenge due to it’s relatively young age and I’m pleased it did.  I loved this book.  I read this as part of the Vintage Sci Fi event and my review is here. […]

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