Review: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

hitchhikersguideThis book (and every other book in the series) was bought for me by a friend for my birthday in November. I was assured that I would love it and, actually, I sort of did. I think jumping in to this from something the calibre of Dickens negated a lot of its wonder, but it really did make me smile and I’m so glad I read it. It’s a wonderful interlude between two classics!

I really don’t know how I’ve never had any contact with this before, I really don’t. Until recently I’d only ever heard it mentioned in passing and, as an avid reader, my friend who gave me the series as a gift was outraged. I’d never seen the movie, I never even thought of reading the book. Truthfully, sci-fi scares me!

I think in picking up this book you either throw it away because you can’t get your head around it or you totally appreciate the head-spinning sensation and dive right in. I’m one of the latter. You need a wee bit of crazy, a lot of quirky and a love for all things wacky (all three which I possess in large quantities) to appreciate the magnificence of this space odyssey. This book is crazy; absolutely crazy and I loved it. It’s not the best book ever written, it didn’t effect me on an emotional level, it doesn’t have a complex plot but it made me laugh.

This book is also timeless in the sense that it really could have been written last month. Sure things like ‘touch sensitive screens’ now have names but the foresight in this book is just mindboggling.

I read this in one day (a Thursday, funnily enough) and I was grateful to have this interlude. I will definitely be picking up the rest of the series because they’re short, snappy, quirky books that just fill an afternoon with laughs! This is a 4/5 for me – it was far from perfect but making me laugh always wins me over!

5 thoughts on “Review: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I treated myself to an omnibus edition of it a few years ago and really enjoyed this one. I think you’re right that you just have to accept that things in this book are going to be quirky and weird.

    I’m planning on using it for my Reading Challenge book for the one based on or which inspired a TV series. 🙂

  2. I’ve been meaning to pick this back up. I started it once before and I wasn’t immediately hooked. But I’m glad you wrote about it because it does remind me I need to open it again 🙂

  3. So glad you’ve read and enjoyed this book! It’s really marvellous. This one is definitely the best out of the “trilogy” in my opinion, and the one I’ve actually read more than once. It’s pure ridiculousness is just something I love. Your review has thoroughly made me want to re-read it!

    • I am, at some point, going to get around to reading the rest of the series because it was just batty and I’d like to see where it goes! I’ve had conflicting opinions about the other books, some people have said that they enjoyed a couple of the sequels more, but the others not so much. I guess it’s very subjective as is any book, really!

      It was definitely a good book to break up two classics though!

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