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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

by Douglas Adams, AF, 1979, 208p, rating=2.5

"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." (Goodreads)
I didn't get this!  This sci-fi take perhaps was too deep and bizarre for me.  Yes, there were some very funny moments using intellectual kind of sarcasm oppose to the slapstick type.  Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to get me on the fan bandwagon.  The names/terms were too outrageous for me to follow and the read itself gave me a sense of blah.  I felt unhip .. in other words, stupid!

An interesting premise and imaginative insights but overall was not my cup of tea.  However, I'll be sure to bring a towel should I venture the galaxy realm and keep in mind that forty two is the ultimate answer.  Hmmm, I just turned forty two a couple of days ago, what a coincidence.  Did I get a vibe from the mice to read this book now?  Ha ha.

1 comment:

  1. So glad I found somebody who didn't get the book either! I didn't even think it was funny.


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