Book Review: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

Why didn’t I read this book sooner?!

It is my newest, favourite read!

But okay, okay, I’ll start at the beginning:

When Earth gets destroyed, Arthur is saved by his alien friend Ford, a researcher for a revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. They begin their journey through space with fellow travellers from all across the Galaxy.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (HG2G) is both hilarious and insightful, something that books can’t quite capture nowadays.

I didn’t feel like the plot itself was anything special but it was all about what Douglas Adams had to say through it that was phenomenal. I have never seen such a whacky read to be so relevant, in the messages it communicates and how it reminds us that we play merely a minor part in the grand scheme of things.

HG2G is timeless – written in 1979, it still talks about relevant issues.

“This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.

And so the problem remained; lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable, even the ones with digital watches.”

It has been a while since I read a book that was able to make me laugh out loud and HG2G created plenty of moments as such! It is incredibly humourous, mostly at the expense of human beings. It is very authentic and truthful humour that I couldn’t get enough of.

“One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in It’s a nice day, or You’re very tall, or Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you all right? […] If they don’t keep exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working.”

Unique, witty, sassy, this book is one of a kind. I am so happy I have finally sat down to read it. I am not really sure if I can find the adequate words to review this book that haven’t been said before. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I’d really recommend it, it will be one of a kind of a read.

If you have read it, what did you think of it?

Thank you for reading and until next time, Dream On, Dreamers!

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