The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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--The Boston Globe
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!
"[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy."
--Publishers Weekly

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Gentle english ironic comedy-writing at its best. - LibraryThing
I kept laughing out loud; the writing is so witty!! - LibraryThing
A great introduction to sci-fi for the young reader. - LibraryThing
I thought Hitchhiker's was a book that had no plot. - LibraryThing

Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1)

User Review  - Sarah Carpenter - Goodreads

I absolutely understand why people rave about this series, and there are definitely parts I find funny and clever. It's just not really my thing. I enjoy comedic books but I find *relentless* parody a ... Read full review

Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1)

User Review  - Maura Caffrey - Goodreads

Although written in the latter years of the last century, Adams' tour-de-force, once relatively visible, at least among anglophiles, nw, sadly, appears to be a literary artifact. Read full review

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Title Page Dedication Chapter
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7
Chapter 10 Chapter 11
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 21 Chapter 22
Chapter 24
Chapter 26 Chapter 27
Chapter 30 Chapter 31
Chapter 33
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Feature Film

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About the author (2007)

Douglas Adams is the author of five books in the Hitchhiker's Trilogy including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless. He lives in London.

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