The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Book 1, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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--The Boston Globe
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] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy."
I thought that it was funny, interesting and descriptive
Critique, not of the book, but of the electronic version.
I rember reading this many years ago in hardcopy and greatly enjoying it, so I wish to emphasize the book itself, IMO, is 4 stars out of 5.
I would have thought that by now an e-version would have had all the kinks and bugs worked out. But I'm only a few chapters in, and already I've encountered a couple of superscript footnote numbers, but the footnotes themselves are nowhere to be found. So already I'm dissatisfied - 2 stars out of 5 for the e-book. Wish there was a way to direct such complaints to those who could take corrective action, instead of putting them here in the review.
One of my favorite books of all time. Unbelievably funny and well-written. Read this series if you are marginally intelligent and love laughing.
- Category: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Published: Sep 02, 1989
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Random House, LLC
- Print Length: 224 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy