Seconds before the Earth is demolished to give way to a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitch Hiker's Galaxy Guide, who has been posing as an out-of-work actor for the last fifteen years. Together, this d... ynamic pair starts their journey through space with quotes from The Hitch Hiker's Guide "A towel is about the most useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have" and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox - the two-headed, three-arm ex-hippie and totally out for lunch galaxy president; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), w
And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a small café in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything.
All through my life I've had this strange unaccountable feeling that something was going on in the world, something big, even sinister, and no one would tell me what it was." "No," said the old man, "that's just perfectly normal paranoia. Everyone in the Universe has that.
For me, it was a crack of light in a pitch black basement, something to guide my escape from a life I was never happy in. For others it’s just a damn fine book, entertaining, witty, and funny as all getout.
This book is so funny that I just about couldn't put it down. Don't read it on an airplane, unless you don't mind everyone staring at you because you're the idiot who can't stop laughing out loud at your paperback the entire flight. Seriously.
The real joy of the novel is to sit back and absorb it all. Some of the best parts are the asides from the author, sometimes hidden in "entries" in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which are proliferated throughout the text.