First published as a novel in 1979, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, aka H2G2, is the first book in a “Trilogy of Five Parts”. It is a comedic science fiction known for its absurdity and nonsensical hilarity. Its just over a 100 pages long. So, pick up a copy of this classic for an evening of cracking up with Adams impeccable sense of humour.
Want me to pique your interest? This is what the back cover says about this book.
“One Thursday Lunch time the Earth is unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial express route. For Arthur Dent, rescued by his best friend Ford (who even more unexpectedly, turns out to be from another planet), this already seems rather a lot to cope with. Unfortunately his travels have only just begun. The Galaxy may offer a mind-boggling variety of ways to be blown up and insulted, but it’s very hard to get a cup of tea…”THE ULTIMATE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
A major pro for this book is its absurd and one of a kind writing style. I have never ever read a book like this. A lot of things happen for absolutely no reason at all. This is not a book you read for the plot, characters and literary criticism. This is a book you read for fun. The book, its ideas, the crazy names, puns, jokes and the plot are all mind blowing lunacy.
For the first 10 chapters I was clueless as to what was happening and why it was happening. It was madness. Pure chaos. It all felt pointless. But as the front cover says Don’t Panic. As I read on, I found that there was a method to the madness. You just have to put the fish in the right hole (oops). Once you get used to Adams’ writing and become more receptive to the silliness of the premise, the book starts making sense in its own way.
Its not complete insanity though. I found some of the characters relatable like Arthur and Marvin (The former is from an “ape-descended life form that is so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea”- also read as human- and the latter is a “wretched” Robot).
So, if you want to forget Earth (no pun intended) and go on a crazy adventure around the Galaxy, buckle up and Don’t forget your Towel!