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.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel.
A few posts ago I presented the idea of reading whatever was recommended. At the time I was currently reading THE SECRET GARDEN. I was waiting on some books I placed on hold at my local library and I was waiting for my book I won from a Goodreads Giveaway. A reader suggested this book and what luck too! I already owned it and I have read it before. Though I can’t remember my thoughts on it back then, I thought it’d be good fun to open it again and read it under her suggestion. I’m not one to reread books, but there comes a time when rereading actually gives you better insight than the first time.
I read this book before and like the first time, I really like it. Douglas Adams has a great humorous voice. I absolutely love Arthur Dent and his unusual ability to not be in a complete rut. If I was in his shoes, I’d probably be still freaking from the first page to the last, but not Arthur. Even though as a character he doesn’t do a lot, he is the perfect representation of an everyday man shoved into a situation he never really wanted in the first place.
Satires are difficult to work out, but Douglas Adams places the humor perfectly that the sarcasm is seen, but not overly dominating. He is definitely one of those authors that I enjoy greatly. In all, if you love aliens, mayhem, sarcasm, and just a story that isn’t too long, grab this. You won’t regret it.