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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Adams, Douglas (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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How shall we begin? This is the story of a book called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy --not an Earth book, never published on Earth and, until the terrible catastrophe occurred, never seen or even heard of by any Earthman. Nevertheless, a wholly remarkable book. or This is the story of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , a number-one best seller in England, a weekly radio series with millions of fanatic listeners, and soon to be a television spectacle on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. or This is the story of Arthur Dent, who, secnds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, is plucked off the planet by his friend, Ford Prefect, who has been posing as an out-of-work actor for the last fifteen years but is really a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Together they begin a journey through the galaxy aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with the words don't panic written on the front. ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.") In their travels they meet: •Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch President of the Galaxy •Trillian--Zaphod's girl friend, formerly Tricia McMillan, whom Arthur once tried to pick up at a cocktail party •Marvin--a paranoid android, a brilliant but chronically depressed robot •Veet Voojagig--former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years To find the answers to these burning questions: Why are we born? Why do we die? And why do we spend so much time in between wearing digital watches? read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy . But remember . . . don't panic, and don't forget to bring a towel.
Authors: Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001
Title: The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, [2004]
Edition: 25th anniversary facsimile edition
Characteristics: 215 p. ; 20 cm
Notes: Edition statement from front cover
ISBN: 1400052920
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ada
Statement of Responsibility: Douglas Adams
Subject Headings: Dent, Arthur (Fictitious character) Fiction Prefect, Ford (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Science fiction
Topical Term: Dent, Arthur (Fictitious character)
Prefect, Ford (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 80014572
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This is the story of Arthur Dent, who, secnds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, is plucked off the planet by his friend, Ford Prefect, who has been posing as an out-of-work actor for the last fifteen years but is really a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitc... Read More »

Minutes before the Earth is scheduled for demolition, Arthur Dent is rescued by his friend Ford Prefect and finds himself traveling the galaxy, armed with only a towel and the ultimate guidebook. Also available on audio.


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Jul 29, 2014
  • gcwakim rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

So ridiculous its hilarious, this book is definitely one that I will remember forever and one that I would classify as a classic.

Jul 09, 2014
  • CenturysEnigma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found the descriptions of Earth very insightful and truth. The characters' names and personalities were funny and the action parts exciting. Excellent classic!

Jan 02, 2014
  • ezekieljd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Did any of you realize 42 is Jackie Robinson's baseball number?

Sep 28, 2013
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is absolutely absurd... which is a large part of its charm! Poor Arthur Dent is a near-powerless (or should I say "mostly harmless"?) human who lives in an incredibly absurd, often malign universe and must make his way through its unintelligible vastness as best he can. Which, really, can be said of us all...

It's a good book but you have to come at it with an open mind or it will seem absurd and corny

Jul 18, 2013
  • EMF1226 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Finally read this after years of wanting to...unfortunately, I'm slightly disappointed. Granted, it is "cute" and silly, which I can appreciate but sometimes it's a too corny for my liking. A fun, quick read but nothing to go crazy over.

Jul 18, 2013
  • lizpar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is hilarious, but it's a very detailed and intelligent kind of humour. You will either love it or be extremely annoyed. Either way, you should definitely give it a shot. One of my favourites! Adams is AMAZING.

Jun 27, 2013
  • ALloyd89 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book is quite entertaining, but I find it way too hard to follow. Going to give the movie a try and see how I like it.

This book is a huge part of popular culture. It has innumerable fans (including my coworker). References have been made in casual conversation, game shows, and speeches. It’s a cultural icon. It’s…probably my least favorite book so far this year. I can see the humor, but it’s way too “out there” for me. It reads like a bad acid trip. I don’t know what Adams was on when he wrote this, but I hope never to experience it firsthand.

Jun 11, 2013
  • Ice_Deathington rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Every reader, young and old, should know that the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42.

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Jun 21, 2014
  • krustallos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 11, 2012
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Mar 27, 2012
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Feb 22, 2012
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Oct 24, 2011
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This book is the worst book I have ever read. If you want a summary of a good book I suggest you read the eragon series or the hunger games. A good book.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: You will die from boredom

Coarse Language: You will start convulsing and seizing and the fear implanted in your brain from this book will target the part of your brain that contains coarse language. you'll start cursing so badly that while you are speaking you'll swallow your tongue.

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Jun 23, 2014
  • Alcona_Lists rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"People of Earth, your attention, please. This is Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council. As you will no doubt be aware, the plans for development of the outlying regions of the Galaxy require the building of a hyperspatial express route through your star system. And regrettably, your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition. The process will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes. Thank you."

Jun 21, 2014
  • krustallos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.”

Feb 22, 2012
  • ukiuq rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Human beings are great adapters, and by lunchtime life in the environs
of Arthur's house had settled into a steady routine. It was Arthur's accepted
role to lie squelching in the mud making occasional demands to see his lawyer,
his mother or a good book

Life, don't talk to me about life!

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