The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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“Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

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!

Praise for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“A whimsical oddyssey . . . Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy.”Publishers Weekly

“Irresistable!”The Boston Globe

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Arthur Douglas’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a fantastic, comical story that follows the journey of two oddly fitting individuals (Ford Prefect, and alien working away from home on the book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Arthur Dent, a human who, through the perspective of a galaxy traveler, seems less and less normal each chapter) through the galaxy. Douglas is able to create some of the most humorous situations through the relationship between these two characters, and he also is able to teach the importance of relationships. Douglas is able to portray one of the most important messages in the book, “Don’t Panic,” throughout the entire book using humor to distract from otherwise foreboding situations. He intends for the wit and sarcasm found in the story to encourage the reader to let loose a little in life. The story takes on a whole new and very strange and exciting way of looking at the world around us. 

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Read as a child, read again recently, still hilarious.

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About the author (2007)

Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in March 1952 and was educated at Brentwood School, Essex, before attending St. John’s College, Cambridge, where he received a B.A. and later an M.A. in English literature. A writer for radio, television, and theater, he was the creator of all the various manifestations of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy, which started as a radio show and then became a series of novels, a TV show, an album, a computer game, and several stage adaptations. Adams died on May 11, 2001.

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