• sujata chaudhury

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Well before starting my review I just want to say... DON'T PANIC.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the first book in The Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy of Five. Yes, you read that correctly. The book is a science fiction comedy written by Douglas Adams. Arthur Dent an earthling wakes up to the news that his house is getting demolished for building a road bypass. So he did what he thought was the only option left to him, he literally lied down in front of his house. Then his friend Ford Prefect came to him told him to urgently go to a pub. Where Ford told him that he is an alien from a planet near Betelgeuse and another alien species Vogons are going to destroy Earth to build a hyperspatial express route and they got to get out of Earth.


Now, why read this book? This book gives a lot of important information to its readers like why is it important to carry a towel while traveling in space, it's not always easy to get a cup of tea, humans are the third most intelligent species on Earth rather than the popular belief that they are second but most importantly it gives us the answer to the life, universe, and everything.


I had heard so many good things about it and this book didn't disappoint me. There are moments in the book which made me sit straight up and reread the paragraph again because what was written made both sense and no sense at the same time. While reading the book I actually laughed out loud innumerable times. The writing is funny, witty, smart, and quirky. So many adjectives but truly deserved. A book that makes you howl with laughter and confuses your brain at the same time must be good. Through the absurd plot and lunatic ideas, Adams is subtly hinting at the state of humans. The thing that protagonist is not exceptionally intelligent and can't always make sense of what's going around him but he is trying isn't the main story of all of us? I'm so not going to end my review without even mentioning my favorite character, Marvin the Paranoid Android. He saves peoples' lives by making robots commit suicide just by casually talking to them. I mean what's not to like about him?


The word good for this book is completely an undersell. Give it a read. You won't regret it. See you again at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.


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

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy




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