Book Review: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


Title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By: Douglas Adams

Genre: Scifi

Pages: 193

Release Date: October 12th, 1979

Publisher: Del Rey

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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 The Hitch Hiker'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 their journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitch Hiker's Guide "A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have" and a galaxy-full of fellow travellers: 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 ball-point pens he has bought over the years.


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I never read this book as a child, but everyone always told me it was a masterpiece, one of the greatest children's books of all time. I'm not sure if its because I'm reading it now as an adult, but I really didn't enjoy this read.

The story itself felt really messy and all over the place. There wasn't much of an actual plot at all and this gave the feeling of chaos and uncertainty from the author. I liked the complexity of the characters, but they seemed to be overrun by the mass amount of off names and overly complicated world building.

This was not the book for me, which is probably going to be an unpopular opinion, but it is what it is.

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