BOOK OF THE DAY:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Before we enlighten you on the delicious weirdness that is Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, we must warn you this book is extremely quirky and humorous. We promise you will laugh out loud from reading this science-fiction delight, but there will be a few who just won’t get it. For those who are curious, let us introduce you.
Arthur Dent’s day can’t seem to get any worse, his house is demolished so a galactic freeway could be built. His friend, Ford Prefect, who is a researcher and alien from another planet comes to rescue him, since the destruction of Earth is soon to be realized.
The duo embark in a journey through space assisted by quotes from the The Hitchhiker’s Guide and a galaxy filled with unique travelers.
Ultimately we find out that Earth is a computer designed to find out what is the meaning of life. The answer is: 42. The only problem is nobody has any idea what 42 represents. As the last link to Earth, the people who ordered Earth believe Arthur has the answer in his brain and it must be chopped. Arthur and Ford find a way to escape and decide to grab a bite to eat.
Many readers question whether The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a classic, and we must say we agree it is. It is more of a cult classic though, it is far different from traditional classics, such as Pride and Prejudice or Great Expectations, but Adams’ work stands the test of time. It’s beautifully absurd nature makes the novel compelling and attracts loyal fans, who have read the book more than once. It has that power over you.
We will admit that we are not huge fans of calling this book a nerd attraction, that is highly narrow-minded statement. Humor is a sign of intelligence, and we appreciate the power of Adams’ language and jokes. Some may find the novel pointless, but the truth is that Douglas Adams created the genre of comedic science-fiction.
Read excerpts from the novel here! Get the book here!
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