NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World
SOON TO BE A HULU SERIES • Now celebrating the pivotal 42nd anniversary of the original radio show on which the book was based.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
Seconds before 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 began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!
Praise for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“A whimsical oddyssey . . . Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy.”—Publishers Weekly
“Irresistable!”—The Boston Globe
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first novel in Douglas Adams’ funny, classic sci-fi series begins with the world’s end. When everyman Arthur Dent wakes to find bulldozers about to demolish his house, his undercover-alien friend, Ford Prefect, drags him to the pub. Suddenly, the two are hitchhiking through the cosmos, where they encounter inept villains, a depressed robot, and poetry worse than death. Part travel-guide satire, part buddy-comedy spoof, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is like Jack Kerouac’s On the Road mashed up with Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs. In other words, nerd humor at its finest.
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Be prepared to be sucked in
I started reading this book after seeing it referred to for years. It’s a wonderful read that ends much too soon. It ends so soon, that you’ll buy the next book and the one after that. The whole series is head spinning madness but in a good way. The wit and humor is very British, dry and subtle. Read on and most of all, Don’t Panic, unless you’re told to.
I’ve actually been meaning to read this book for a while. I found out about it through a friend’s birthday party around 2 years ago, where we all watched the movie. I think that the author did a good job of adding humor to what could have otherwise been a more bland sci-fi book. A lot of the ideas in it were really interesting. For example, with the babblefish, the concept of a creature that can warp sound waves to the language of the host is really cool (even though it doesn’t make any logical sense). Also the concept of an impossibility drive is a honestly awesome and unique idea. I’d have to say Marvin is probably my most favorite character (both from the book and film) because, well come on, he’s a depressed robot that still can somehow make me smile. Over all I think it’s a really fun book and I definitely advise it if you like sci-fi and/or adventure.
A timeless classic!
I’ve read many, many books in my life, but none have ever made me laugh out loud the way Douglas Adams’ have. This series is a classic, in all of its forms—radio drama, novelization, television—and this first book is a must-read for anyone who appreciates raucous, irreverent humor.