The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

1979

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Adapted from the BBC Radio show written by the same author in 1978.

This is a “trilogy” of five books.

Arthur Dent awakens one Tuesday morning to discover bulldozers and a demolition crew ready to demolish his house to make way for a new express way.  His friend Ford Prefect, manages to lure him away to the pub where he explains as quickly as he can that he is actually from outer space, and the reason for the haste is that Earth is about to be demolished to make way for a hyperspace express way.

Arthur resigns himself to the fact that this is all happening because it’s Tuesday and he just needs to ride it out.  At that point the Vogon destructer fleet arrives.  As the Earth is destroyed Arthur and Ford are teleported aboard one of the ships whereupon Ford introduces Arthur to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  An electronic book containing everything you need to know about hitchhiking across the galaxy.

This is one of those stories that just hits the mark.  The author’s quirky sense of humor and writing style made it an instant hit.  I was extremely sad when I heard Adams’s had died suddenly aged 49.

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4 thoughts on “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  1. I am an avid reader. But surprisingly enough I have never actually read The Hitchhiker’s GUide to the Galaxy. I’ve heard really good things about it but just never got around to it. Do you know if it is available to purchase on Audible? With a busy schedule, I don’t get a chance to read unless its an audiobook.

    • Hi Angelicamaney. If you have a good sense of humour you should take the time to read or listen to this one. The first incarnation of the story was as a BBC radio play. I’ve added a link to the CD. There was also a TV series made by the BBC, and more recently a movie. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Mike.

  2. This is such a great book and the original TV series was great too. Adams was so funny and talented and yes it was a shock when he died. There are some great characters in the books such as Marvin – who ever would have thought a paranoid android could be so funny.
    Have you tried the Dirk Gently books that are also by Douglas Adams – as they are also well worth a read

    • Hi Evie. Yes Marvin is a great character. I suspect we all have days when we feel like Marvin.

      Yes I have read the Dirk Gently series and enjoyed it a lot. Check out my author page on Douglas, there’s a link to a great documentary on his life.

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