Book Review — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

5/5

Bring your towel! If this statement makes absolutely no sense to you then I’m guessing that you have never read Douglas Adam’s bestselling novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If you don’t know the importance of towels or who the most intelligent species on earth is, then you need to pick up a copy of this novel. If you really don’t care about such topics then I still recommend this book to you. Books like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are a very rare treat. No, this is not a serious book — there is very little serious that happens in this story. But this is a hilarious book with entertaining characters, a bizarre story, and one of the best examples of how laughing at oneself is essential to maintaining sanity.

The story that Adams creates is both simple yet absurd. It is easy to follow but as entertaining of a story as you will ever read. Now, this is no suspense story and at no point will the reader turn the page because they are dying to find out what happens next. No, the reader will turn the page because literally any absurd thing can and will happen and it will certainly bring a laugh. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the story of the end of the world — yet the end of the world has never been so fun.

There might be books out there with a better cast of characters. But one would be hard pressed to find a book with more entertaining characters. From Arthur Dent, who is an average but clueless human, to Marvin — the manically depressed robot, there is not a dull character to be found in these pages. Every character will make you laugh. You’ll relate to some characters and you’ll relate other characters to people that you know — such as Zaphod Beeblebrox who is none other than “that guy”, if you know what I mean.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve given this book a perfect score. Perfect scores do not come easily from me so you might be wondering why I would give such a ludicrous book such a high mark. Well, I give this book a perfect review because not only is this book as entertaining as any book that you will ever read, it also becomes a satire of human existence. This book doesn’t hesitate to poke fun at the human race and in all honesty gives us some food for thought. Between the bizarre and the ludicrous, Adams does goes beyond mere entertainment with this book.

All in all, it would be a difficult challenge to find a more enjoyable read than The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In fact, this is one of the very few books that I’ve bothered to pick up for a third time because I simply couldn’t resist. Obviously, if British humor isn’t your thing, then this probably isn’t the book for you. But if it is and you are looking for a quick, light, and sarcastic read — pick up a copy. And then grab a towel, watch out for mice who may try to steal your brain, and wave goodbye to all the dolphins.
Content: PG for some crude humor and language

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