The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy
Pub Date: 12 October 1979
Arthur Dent is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. But one day his friend, Ford Prefect saves his life, by hitchhiking a ride on the space ship that is part of the Earth-demolition party. This is only the beginning of a wild adventure, further out in space than ever before. The story is interspersed with interesting information from the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy.
This is a book that I really enjoyed reading. It’s a pretty quick read, or perhaps this was just in contrast with the much longer A clash of kings I previously read. But above all it was a very entertaining book. I was never bored while reading the book and just wanted to keep on reading.
The story was very good though at times certain things seemed pretty random. Of course these random things always turn out less random than expected, and even if they weren’t, it was still good fun to read them. I was definitely sucked into the story and wanted to find out what Arthur would do in certain situations or how they would get out of yet another miserable situation.
The characters in this book were amazing. They were not what you would call your typical aliens or anything like that. They all have very distinct personalities, all the good, the bad and the depressing included. Arthur Dent is an amazingly normal seeming guy, but can be very quick on his feet and definitely gets the hang of things pretty fast. But I have to say that my favourite character by far is the droid, Marvin. Though admittedly he might not have played the biggest part in the book, I just loved him.
I absolutely loved the writing in this book. The dialogue was very quirky and witty, this was the part that I most enjoyed about the book I think. I just gobbled up the interactions between the characters. Besides the dialogue, the story was written pretty fast paced and I loved the parts from the guide as well. The combination of it all was even much better than all of the parts on their own.
Soon I will pick up the next book, the restaurant at the end of the universe, and probably read that in one sitting.
Until next week!