The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams
Genre: sci-fi/fiction
ISBN: 9781400052929
Pages: 215
Year Published: 1979
Source: personal library (purchased October 2, 2007)
Rating: 5/5
counts towards Years of Books goal (1979)

Description from the book jacket:

How shall we begin?

This is the story of a book called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy--not an Earth book, never published on Earth and, until the terrible catastrophe occurred, never seen or even heard of by any Earthman. Nevertheless, a wholly remarkable book.


This is the story of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a number-one best seller in England, a weekly radio series with millions of fanatic listeners, and soon to be a television spectacle on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.


This is the story of Arthur Dent, who, seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, is plucked off the planet by his friend, Ford Prefect, who has been posing as an out-of-work actor for the last fifteen years but is really a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Together they begin a journey through the galaxy aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, with the words DON’T PANIC written on the front. (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”)
In their travels they meet:
-Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch President of the Galaxy
-Trillian–Zaphod’s girl friend, formerly Tricia McMillan, whom Arthur once tried to pick up at a cocktail party
-Marvin–a paranoid android, a brilliant but chronically depressed robot
-Veet Voojagig–former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years

To find the answers to these burning questions: Why are we born? Why do we die? And why do we spend so much time in between wearing digital watches? read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But remember…don’t panic, and don’t forget to bring a towel.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. However, I would have enjoyed it more had I not viewed the movie previously. This is a book that reminds me of Secret Garden. It was SOOO much like the movie that I have seen and like, that I became somewhat bored with reading it. It was still interesting, but could have been moreso if I hadn’t already known what was going to happen. As a result, I gave this book a 5/5 rating. I figure that since I love the movie, I would equally love the book had I had no prior knowledge of the story/plot. Makes sense, right?

I want to read the whole series, but have a few of the books–not including the next one: Restaurant at the End of the Universe. But it’s at the library, so I will pick it up to read it after I finish my next read, Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez.


2 thoughts on “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

  1. I will have to get to these books at some time. Everyone raves about them. I haven’t seen the movie either.

    Enjoy Wench, I have it on my wishist!

  2. Michelle says:

    I haven’t gotten to this series yet but I really want to.

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