The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Paperback - 1979
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Losing your planet isn't the end of the world . . . don't miss Douglas Adams's mega-selling cult classic, with its original cover.
Publisher: London, England : Pan Books, 1979.
Edition: Commemorative edition
ISBN: 9780330258647
0330258648
Characteristics: 216 pages ;,18 cm.

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JCLCharlesH Jan 21, 2021

This science fiction classic by Douglas Adams started its life as a radio drama on BBC Radio 4 in 1978. The novel is fast paced, sarcastic, and droll with the humor one might expect from 1970's British comedy. Despite the humor elements, the philosophical questions the book raises are quite captivating, and the story leaves plenty of room for the 4 sequels which followed it.

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VonHafenstaaad
Dec 31, 2020

“Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.”

Another great reread of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Always entertaining and so absurdly profound!

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volare
Dec 31, 2020

I wasn't as impressed with this book as I thought I would be based on so many previous rave reviews but I can see how this book would have been a smash hit way back in 1979. It seems to have been a blueprint for many movies, tv shows, and books to follow. For example, "Resistance is Useless" became Resistance is Futile in Star Trek the Next Generation. Full of irreverant humour. A classic in its own time for sure.

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mikey69
Jun 20, 2020

In this, the first book of the Hitchhiker's series, Arthur Dent wakes to find a bulldozer poised to knock his house down. Not that it matters, because Earth is about to be destroyed by undetected aliens somewhere high above the atmosphere. Thus begins Adams' tale in which he exhibits a terrific ability to twist quantum theory back on itself in such a way as to be hilarious and suspiciously plausible. Even the title of the book itself has a double meaning: it's also the title of a guide - the real star of the series - used extensively by the characters throughout. A book within a book, THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (Pocket Books, $3.50) is entertaining, quirky and fun.

A classic read that anyone who is a fan of British comedy. This book combines comedy and science fiction is a unique way. Teens will be able to read it with no problem but would probably get more out of it as an adult.

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MEILEEANDERSON
Feb 06, 2020

I didn't love it. Perhaps this is one of the stories you have to be in the right mood for. It's an irreverent, goofy, spoofy romp through the galaxy with a host of off-the-wall characters.

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GrantBanham
Oct 29, 2019

Nonsensical, whimsical, and full of absurdity. Douglas Adams has a childlike sense of wonder and creativity in the way that he wrote that was like no other.

caleherreman Aug 06, 2019

I'm not sure what to say to you that could prepare you for this cult classic. This is a philosophical science fiction novel of fine distinctions: a lot of the humor depends on double meanings and misunderstandings. The unbelievable coincidences that move the characters together are all explainable by an ingenious probability-warping plot device, and the answer to the ultimate question has been found by the Universe's second-greatest computer. Not that any of that benefits us Earthlings, as our planet is destroyed in a bureaucratic mix-up in the early chapters. Confused? You will be, but you will come out the other side, not with all the answers to life, but having completed a parodic send-up of space operas, a satire of philosophy, and a relentlessly funny story of ends, beginnings, and the negotiations in between.

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gjfricano
Jul 15, 2019

One of my absolute favorites. Adam's dry humor and wit are timeless making this a read appropriate for all occasions.

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cannotbeheard
Jul 05, 2019

I loved the absurdities in this book. I listened to the audiobook and it was read by Stephen Fry, excellent choice. I thought the plot was lacking. If it had been filled with only absurdities, I probably would have enjoyed it more but the storyline following Arthur Dent was quite dull.

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mikey69
Jun 20, 2020

[Adams] exhibits a terrific ability to twist quantum theory back on itself in such a way as to be hilarious and suspiciously plausible.
http://www.penhead.org/

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HelenaBeat
May 18, 2019

“Ford,” he said. “you’re turning into a penguin. Stop it.”

Ford carried on counting quietly. This is about the most aggressive thing you can do to a computer, the equivalent of going up to a human being and saying, "Blood...blood...blood...blood..."

"We don't demand solid facts! What we demand is a total absence of solid facts. I demand that I may or may not be Vroomfondel!"

"The mice will see you now."

This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?”

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mikey69
Jun 20, 2020

THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (Pocket Books, $3.50) is entertaining, quirky and fun. The inaugural volume of the Hitchhikers series chases Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect across the Milky Way as they subvert the laws of physics on their seemingly outlaw quest to restore planet Earth. The real star of the show though, is the guidebook that dictates their adventures, aptly named THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

The book opens with Arthur Dent is trying to keep his house from being demolished by the local council to make room for a highway bypass. Soon his friend Ford Prefect (who is in fact a researcher for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and posing as an out of work actor) arrives on the scene and tries to convince Arthur that Earth will be soon demolished in a similar way. Arthur and Ford stow away on an alien spaceship (the Vogons' in fact) and begin their fantastic journey throughout the galaxy.

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benzelli
Dec 18, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: You will die from boredom

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benzelli
Dec 18, 2012

Coarse Language: You will start convulsing and seizing and the fear implanted in your brain from this book will target the part of your brain that contains coarse language. you'll start cursing so badly that while you are speaking you'll swallow your tongue.

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