The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitchhike through space.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, 1980, ©1979
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780345391803
Characteristics: 215 pages ; 20 cm


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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitchhike through space.

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Aug 12, 2018

Witty and clever. Just up my alley!

Jul 31, 2018

This turns up a lot in pop culture so I was very curious but I was disappointed. I had a couple laugh out loud moments but most of the humour was pretty clunky and obvious. Humour is a subjective thing so you may like it, not my cup of tea though. It was definitely unique, haven't come across anything like it before.

SCL_Justin Jul 18, 2018

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favourite books of all time. The way Adams used language to bounce around ideas was inspired. Reading it now, you can tell it was written in a different time, but it still feels timeless (in a way more serious pop scifi like Star Trek can't really manage).

One of my favourite things about it is that the canonical first version is actually the radio show. The radio show isn't my favourite version, but it does free me up in thinking about adaptations of works to different media. It means I'm a lot more relaxed when a terrible movie is made from a book I love.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 26, 2018

Earth is set to be demolished for a galactic freeway. Arthur Dent, Earthling, is rescued from oblivion by an out-of-work actor named Ford Prefect. Or is he?

VickyP_KCMO Aug 04, 2017

Absolutely my favorite book of all time!
I remember listening to this as a child and imagining all the wonderful places and strange people you'd meet while traveling the galaxy. This is a highly entertaining and funny book. I would certainly recommend it to anyone with any sense of humor and ability to laugh.

Jun 19, 2017

Very goofy and silly, it was a really fun read for having the Earth blow up in the first couple chapters. I have no idea where the series is going but I'm excited to see where it leads.

Apr 12, 2017

Well, I've always heard that this book is unique. It definitely lives up to that. I would be able to say more about it if I'd actually understood more than half of it, but I guess I'll have to review the parts I mostly comprehended. :) First of all, my favorite parts were the wacky escapades and the ridiculous humor. Where else can you get the line, "I demand that I am Vroomfrondel!" The most famous part is probably the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Things make a lot more sense now . . .
The only caveat: some language. Hilarious!!

Feb 25, 2017

Is the content based on the original book or the movie?

Feb 16, 2017

Okay, here’s the thing about Hitchhiker’s Guide - I read it twice, and only the second time did I actually understand how hilarious it was. You really need to be in the right space when you read it, but if you are, it’s a marvelous work of satire and an intriguing story with a unique message about Earth and human culture. It’s also a very complex and individual writing style, and I realized the 2nd time I read it how much went over my head the first time. It’s one of the most peculiar, almost whimsical books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this as a great read and so much fun!
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

One September morning, Arthur Dent’s house is set to be demolished to make way for a new local bypass. Quite coincidentally, that same day, the Earth is also scheduled to be destroyed by monstrous evil space aliens to accommodate for a new intergalactic hyperspace bypass. Luckily for Arthur, he is yanked off of Earth just in time by Ford Prefect, his close friend and apparent alien entity from the far-off star Betelgeuse. Unluckily for Arthur, he discovers (and quite quickly, may I add) that the Universe is an astoundingly massive and absurd place, and much of it is out to get him. Along with Zaphod Beeblebrox, the president of the galaxy, Trillian, an Earthling mathematical genius and Zaphod’s girlfriend, and Marvin, a maniacally depressed robot, Arthur and his friends begin an incredible journey throughout space and time, along with terribly unpoetic aliens, interdimensional mice, a planet creator with an awful fondness for fjords and a whole lot of Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters.
Ridiculously funny and stunningly imaginative, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is a book that will have you in stitches from start to end. (5/5 stars)
- @Apis of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The famous book that took the world by storm in the 80’s. It is known for its controversial topical conversations presented in a humorous manner. The story is about Arthur Dent -- an average human that escaped planet earth as it was destroyed. (Along with his bulldozed house.) He goes on an adventure with space president Zaphod Beeblebrox and Ford Prefect to find the mystical planet Magrathea. The entire book is very random and inconsistent. Sometimes the story is cut off and all of a sudden we are reading a page from the actual Guide to the Galaxy. Some other people might find this book hilarious but I just didn't find it all that funny. There are parts of the book that were very clever and well established to give depth to the world that Adams has created like the mechanics of Magrathea. This was a mediocre book for me but I know there is an entire group of people who are obsessed with it. 3 out of 5.
- @Henny_Lee of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 20, 2016

Classic funny read. I laughed a LOT reading this.

Very Sci-Fi and humorus and I liked it!

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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.

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.”

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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“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”

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

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“Don't Panic.”

May 28, 2015

"And I demand that I am Vroomfondel!"

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Dec 18, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: You will die from boredom

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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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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