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The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

Pan Macmillan Uk | December 28, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy is rated 4.6875 out of 5 by 32.

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very strange and startling place.

VOLUME ONE IN THE TRILOGY OF FIVE

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.62 in

Published: December 28, 2012

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0330491199

ISBN - 13: 9780330491198

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Earth is destroyed to make way for the new hyperspace bypass. Nobody in the Galaxy seems to care, except for Arthur Dent – the last human alive. Arthur is saved from the certain doom by his eccentric friend Ford Prefect, who turned out to be from a different planet, and who conveniently knew how to hitch a lift from a passing spaceship. The two are now on the road of their lifetime to update the Hitchhiker’s Guide, to get in trouble with various alien nations, and to get involved in the search for a mythical planet. The book is based on a series of radio shows, and it really shows. Most of the humour is dialogue based, and many situations are not described by the narrator, but are talked out by the characters. There are a lot conversations that exist just for the sake of comedy relief, but have nothing to do with the actual plot. As for the storyline, the author himself writes the following in the preface: "Writing episodically meant that when I finished one episode I had no idea about what the next one would contain." (Douglas, viii) The plot seems to loop and jerk in unpredictable directions. And surprisingly it works for this book. The Guide is proud of being ridiculous and weird, and contradictory at parts. Also, I do believe it is very important to read the entire series to complete the experience, so I am yet to form a final opinion on why this book became a classic of science fiction. For now, I’d give it a 5 as a superb representative of its genre, but only a 3 as a literary work of art.
Date published: 2009-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will love Arthur Dent This is not a book that requires reviewing. Simply the best comedy sci-fi books ever written. Rife with typical British humour and goofy, unpredictable characters. Definitely not a read for anyone not well versed in Britishisms or anyone lacking a sense of humour. Seemingly conceived with the aid of an improbability drive, this book with take you all over time and space in only 150 pages or so. Not meant to be taken seriously and is best read while eating spaghetti and playing fetch with the cat.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cult classic I finally got around to reading.....and I'm glad I did Well I won't go too far into details on the plot, the book is so well known. In a nutshell Arthur Dent is saved by his alien (unbenost to Arthur) friend Ford Prefect, a contributor to the electronic book The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe, when Earth is destroyed to make room for a intergalactic expressway. The book is fast pace, funny and unique. Adams ability to make sci-fi so funny and easy to love makes this book a must read, even if you are not necessarily a sci-fi fan. The added tidbits straight from the Hitchhiker"s Guide itself are some of the most interesting parts and help us learn along the way as Arthur must do. I'm reading the sequel and plan to read the ohter three books as well. They are so well written and quick to read it should take me no time to find out what happens to Arthur, Ford, Trillian, Zaphod and all the rest
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was amazing. When i started reading it i just could not put it down. The story line was amazingly put together and well written. The best part of the story was all the "information" that was put into it. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series has become my absolute favorite book series out there.
Date published: 2008-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from How Many Roads Must A Man Walk Down? - thebookblog.ca The Hitchhiker’s Guide is just one of those renowned series’ that you’ll end up hearing about sooner or later. After several radio dramas, BBC movies and the big theatrical release a couple of years ago, I was one of the only people ever who hadn’t read it. So then I did, and it was surprisingly short. Within the first three chapters, the planet Earth is destroyed to make way for a brand new intergalactic highway. As if Arthur Dent wasn’t having a bad enough day, since his house was being bulldozed, too. It’s actually hard to come up with a decent plot synopses of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy since it starts at point A and wanders aimlessly around story points until it decides that enough has happened, and it ends. Although it doesn’t sound like much of a compliment, I seriously believe that it is exactly what Douglas Adams was going for. The most unfortunate part of this is that most of the people who read The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy all seem to consider the series as a whole, and I don’t know when I’m going to be able to read the rest. If you choose to pick up The Hitch Hiker’s Guide, plan to read the whole thing, because people will recite scenes to you from every part of the trilogy-in-five-parts. Alone, the first volume is a quick, entertaining read that doesn’t seem to accomplish a whole heck of a lot, but that doesn’t seem to matter in a series like this...
Date published: 2008-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous This is the first Douglas Adams book for me and it will by no means be my last. The last few words (which I will not say) I read at work, and promptly yelled in frustration, making a few startled people stare at me confusedly. I promptly explained it was this book, and 2 of them nodded understantingly and one told me that there where infact more to the series. It's thefirst book that I've ever read with absolutly no plot development and no character development that I've loved so much because it's so bloody helarious.
Date published: 2007-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great comedic satire The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams, can be summed up in three words. Satirical, funny, and philosophical. Douglas Adams wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy not with the intention of putting a ridiculously funny British Comedy on paper alone (although it is the pinnacle of comedic British novels), but to express his views on “Life, the universe, and everything” in both a satirical and philosophical manner. I've never read a book that made me laugh so much and change my view on the world at the same time. Even though it was written years ago, it still carries the same relevance in our lives today. It's not a book that you want to read for hours at a time, it's more for light, casual reading, one scene at a time. If you're looking for a good laugh and plenty to think about, this is the book for you. I LOVED IT!
Date published: 2006-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hilarious who would think that we could live in a world run by mice! even though i read this a few decades after it was made, the humour still has the same effect. A classic book for science fiction lovers!
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two Hitchhiker Thumbs Up Not a big science fiction fan? Don’t Panic: this book has something for anyone with an imagination and a sense of humour. An unusual satire and a highly original story, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is an entertaining read that spoofs almost every sci-fi convention imaginable, from aliens to robots to interstellar travel. Laugh-out-loud funny, this book is guaranteed to change the way its readers view towels, Thursdays, and the number 42.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I expected This book was superb. I read it under the pressure of my peers because I was so reluctant, thinking it was a kid's book with a weak plot and underdeveloped characters. Boy was I wrong. This was such a great concept and I'm glad it was chosen to be made into a film, which I have yet to see. The story starts off with a bang and doesn't let you down. The characters are perfect, funny and make you want to read more. The ending did leave me hanging a bit although it carries on into the next book, but it kept me enthralled throughout the whole journey. I wish this book was another 100 pages longer, a great read, highly recommended.
Date published: 2006-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Guide For All This book was very funny and the characters were well built. The whole idea was great but i found it short and needing a sequel (thank god there's four more). The film-tie-in is really good, and probably much better if you've seen the movie in which in my case i haven't. All in all, really good read and i can't wait to read the next.
Date published: 2005-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Hilarious!! Best Science Fiction/Comedy book ever! I'm looking forward to reading the second in the Series!
Date published: 2005-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy I am not normally attracted to this type of book. it was recommended to me by so many people that i thought i would give it a shot. I figured, it is not very thick so even if i don't like it I have only wasted a few hours and can form an opinion on it. Thats not the case. it was a wonderfully stimulating read. The brand of blunt, dry humor that the author applies it fasinating and terrificaly hilarious. I found my self actually laughing out loud. It was clever, well writen and thoroughly enjoyable.
Date published: 2005-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The FUNNIEST Book EVER I don't have this version of the book but I'll still review it. If you're looking for a book to make you really laugh (There are truly very few of these) then this is certainly one series that will put you in hysteria. I don't care for sci-fi but damn it was still amazing. Trust me, Douglas Adams' sense of humour is unparalled save for Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde, who, at least I think, never wrote sci-fi. Anyway, it's about Earth being demolished to make way for an intergalactic space bypass and the protagonist Arthur Dent, a human, travelling through the universe and seeing all kinds of strange and hilarious things. Characters include Marvin the paradnoid android, Zaphod Beeblebrox the two-headed fun-loving alien President of the universe, Ford Prefect, an alien who named himself mistakenly after a car and loves to cause havoc and get drunk, very generous and slightly annoying doors and elevators that love to compliment their users, and many many more rememberable ones. Summaries are pointless, for this is one series which is difficult to summarize, according to the author himself. These books are so funny and absurd that the five-book series is called The Trilogy of Five (It's a joke, figure out why). I don't want to spoil anything, but buy this book and read it and be prepared to laugh. There were actually points in the series that I cried, not because something sad happened, but because I laughed SO DAMN HARD for many mintues after reading a certain line or paragraph. It's actually THAT funny. And also, it's the only one of it's kind, it's a novel that's a science-fiction comedy. The only thing that's close to that genre is Spaceballs, which is a movie. I'll leave you with a quote by Douglas Adams that's in the book, "Anyone can fly. All you have to do is throw yourself at the ground and miss." (It's paraphrased from what Adams said but is different in the book. It's funny if you actually read the book and see what it means)
Date published: 2004-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! This is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of reading! The depth of humour is quite incredible. You'll laugh through the entire book. It's a timeless piece...
Date published: 2003-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely incredible... It is like nothing I've ever read before. Just takes your breath away, can't stop reading it. I still had an 'aftertaste' of amazement for many days after I've finished it. An absolute must-have for sci-fi comedy fans.
Date published: 2003-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More fun than a Vogon epic What would you do if you found yourself lying in a deserted field one night, drunk and pennliless? If you were Douglas Adams, you would come up with a hilarious romp through the stars. The key to THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY's humour is its very human perspective. The protagonist, Arthur Dent, is the most average example imaginable of the average man. Despite being placed in situations that he cannot begin to comprehend, Arthur presses on, trying to understand what is going on and why it is happening. It is through his eyes that we see that idiocy is widespread and is possibly the most destructive force in the universe. What adds to the book's depth, though, are questions that we all find ourselves asking at one time or another: Do things happen randomly? Is there a sentient force orchestrating events? If there is a grand scheme laid out by a higher power, can we possibly hope to understand it? While Arthur and his friends don't sit around asking these questions, their adventures certainly raise them. Even if you're not into philosophy or theology or even science fiction, chances are good that you will have a lot more fun following Arthur's misadventures than he does trying to survive them.
Date published: 2001-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the radiohead connection anyone who is a radiohead fan would do well to read these books. then suddenly, that obscure 'paranoid android' song will finally make sense! as well, this book has me laughing weeks after i've finished it. if your planet is about to be destroyed and you are running out of time, if you do anything with your remaining moments READ THIS BOOK! and 'don't panic' is the best advice anyone could give.
Date published: 2001-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A vivid picture of the emptiness of atheism. Underneath his whimsical tone, Adams deals with deeper themes relating to the meaning of life. It's painfully clear that something essential is missing from Adams' galaxy: God. God's absence from the Adam's fictional universe mirrors His absence in the atheist's personal worldview. But what is life's purpose in a universe without God? After seven and a half million years of calculation, a super computer announces that the answer to "The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything." is "42." This answer is incomprehensible because we don't understand the question! In Adams' atheistic worldview, the question about life's purpose cannot be answered. He echoes Ecclesiastes: a godless world has no purpose. It is eternally unfortunate that Adams does not echo Ecclesiastes' conclusion: reversing the premise of atheism, reaffirming God's existence, and rediscovering purpose in serving God. Atheists who share Adams' empty worldview will discover that their life is the same as Adams - whimsically hitchhiking an empty earth without God. In death they will discover their error. By their rejection of Him in the past, they will spend eternity without Him in the future. But unlike the Hitchhiker's Guide, eternity without God has no room for whimsy, but only regret.
Date published: 2000-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adams an insane genius I just read this book yesterday and i loved every minute of it! It's one of those books that you start and you never want it to end. If you love Monty Python (i do) then you would most definetly love this book his zany approach to life, the universe, and the number 42. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequels!
Date published: 2000-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have An intelligent book. Very witty. Anyone who reads this book will love it no matter what their tastes.
Date published: 2000-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock on! This is one of the best books I have ever read. I wish there were more.
Date published: 2000-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Excellent This is an excellent book. It’s a very odd look at space travel, time travel, and all around life in the crazy universe we call ours. This book is filled with unique and crazy humour, which kept me laughing with every page I turned. I think it’s a great book, and that you will enjoy it too, so grab a copy and follow the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and Zaphod Beeblebrox for yourself.
Date published: 2000-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required Reading The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy should be made required reading for anybody wanting to live on this planet. It's an abolute scream. It's rare that I laugh as hard as I do at this book.
Date published: 2000-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A whole new meaning to the word "trilogy" Undoubtedly the only five-book trilogy in existence, and the funniest. Characters unlike any other you'll encounter (my personal favourites being Slartibartfast, who won design awards for his fjords, and Marvin, the eternally depressed robot). A good introduction to the sci-fi genre for beginners and for those pondering the meaning of life. The number "42" will carry heavy significance...
Date published: 2000-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Inspired by the Hitch Hiker's Guide to Europe, Adams blends his literary talent with his unique sense of humour to create his comic odyssey. When the Earth is demolished because it is in the way of an intergalactic superhighway, Adams forces his readers to confront their own mortality. Join the last surviving human, Arthur Dent, as he escapes death, fumbles his way through the universe, and discovers the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Adams creates such colourful characters as Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox to help and inhibit Arthur on his journey. With all five books in one, this compilation makes a unique addition to any bookshelf.
Date published: 1999-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Simple Review The best book I've read, only to be tied with by Douglas Adams' other Hitch Hickers novels. This one is my favourite book of all time.
Date published: 1999-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Simple Review The best book I've read, only to be tied with by Douglas Adams' other Hitch Hickers novels. This one is my favourite book of all time.
Date published: 1999-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uncommonly Funny Adams has a gift for phrasing that can turn even a mundane situation into an occasion for hilarity. And these situations are far from mundane! The best comic SF ever.
Date published: 1999-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy This book will make you howl with uproarious laughter at every page. Mr. Adams' has a peculiar way indeed at looking at life, the universe , and everything. A must read.
Date published: 1999-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Adams Humour This book is hilarious - one of the few books that has provoked me to gut splitting laughter! It has the added knack of making we humans laugh at ourselves, especially at what we take seriously!
Date published: 1999-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Wonderfully hilarious. A very well written, intelligent book. I enjoyed it immensely.
Date published: 1999-05-14

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The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.62 in

Published: December 28, 2012

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0330491199

ISBN - 13: 9780330491198

From the Publisher

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very strange and startling place.

VOLUME ONE IN THE TRILOGY OF FIVE

About the Author

Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book, and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. After Douglas died the movie of Hitchhiker moved out of development hell into the clear uplands of production, using much of Douglas'' original script and ideas. Douglas shares the writing credit for the movie with Karey Kirkpatrick.