The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
Published September 27th 1995 by Del Rey Books (first published 1979)
Mass Market Paperback, 216 pages
Source: Borrowed from the husband!
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.
Can I simply say I don’t know that I’ve done enough drugs in my life to fully get this book? Or are you not supposed to get this book, I don’t know?
I knew this was going to be a bizarre read, but I think I expected more substance? Maybe I’ll find it as I continue in the trilogy. I am very curious to see what happens to this motley crew and the depressed robot at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. I was definitely entertained, and I’m curious as to what else Adams says about the meaning of the universe.
On the upside, I do know where my towel is! On to the next TBR Challenge book!