The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


I have read a book written by the English author Douglas Adams. The title of the book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and the story takes place in outer space, in a world where all forms of logic and common sense seems to have disappeared. Let me introduce you to the first book in a series of six in the Hitchhiker series.


Our main character is Arthur Dent, a relatively normal person. The story begins with Arthur lying on the ground in front of a demolition team with a bulldozer, desperately trying to stop them from destroying his house to build a road there instead. When Arthur is lying there on the grass, he sees his friend Ford Prefect coming to tell him that some gigantic spaceship is about to blow the earth away, just to make room for an intergalactic highway instead. Ford manages to take Arthur with him so that they both survive the end of the earth, and so the story begins.


Douglas Adams’ series about Arthur Dent and his journey through universe is very fun and full of moments and quotes that the reader will remember for long after the novel is finished. And it is fun when you notice those small details – which this book has a lot of. For example Arthur’s house is about to get destroyed so that the local authority can build a road there instead. At the same time, the whole earth is ironically facing the same problem. Earlier in this text I also said something about the lack of logic in this world, created by Adams. A few of those examples are the description of the alien race Hooloovoo, who is described to be “a super intelligent shade of the color blue”, this quote that describes how the spaceships looks like in the sky right before they destroy the earth “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t”, and this comment that Arthur gives when he sees his friend Ford turning into a penguin “Ford… You’re turning into a penguin. Stop it.”

  This kind of illogical and irrational sentences makes room for a lot of interesting characters in the book. Zaphod Beeblebrox for example is the president of the universe, and also a relative to Ford Prefect. At first he seems to be a relatively common person, but then the novel tells you he has two heads, and also a third arm that he recently [...] fitted just beneath his right one to help improve his ski-boxing. Another important and interesting character in the series is Marvin the Paranoid Android, who is a robot that Arthur Dent and his friends find aboard the starship Heart of Gold. Marvin is – which is ironically because he is a robot - depressed, partly because he has a brain the size of a planet, figuratively speaking, and nothing to do with his vast intellect. The fact that he is a robot makes him say funny-depressed things like this “Pardon me for breathing, which I never do any way so I don't know why I bother to say it, oh God, I'm so depressed.”


This novel is really fun, and easy to understand, even though Douglas Adams is using terms and expressions that can seem strange and hard to understand sometimes. I would recommend this novel to all that likes to laugh and can appreciate a little bit of weird humor, because this is not any humor, this is Douglas Adams humor, and it is dazzlingly good!


Score 8/10.

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