The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Book - 1980
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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, 1980, c1979
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780517542095
0517542099
9780671746063
0671746065
9780345391803
0345391802
9780345418913
0345418913
9781400052929
1400052920
0802409745
Characteristics: 215 p. ; 20 cm

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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.


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alexy93
Dec 08, 2018

standing ovation! great travel guide.
"man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons

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mehreenir
Dec 04, 2018

Just what I needed. A randomly funny, intelligently written science fiction. Love it!

Reading this in public will make people stare at you as you laugh helplessly.

JCLHeatherM Oct 14, 2018

This book is part of PBS' 'Great American Read' series and attempts to answer deep questions through humor and satire.

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dhkite
Aug 12, 2018

Witty and clever. Just up my alley!

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flygt
Jul 31, 2018

This turns up a lot in pop culture so I was very curious but I was disappointed. I had a couple laugh out loud moments but most of the humour was pretty clunky and obvious. Humour is a subjective thing so you may like it, not my cup of tea though. It was definitely unique, haven't come across anything like it before.

SCL_Justin Jul 18, 2018

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favourite books of all time. The way Adams used language to bounce around ideas was inspired. Reading it now, you can tell it was written in a different time, but it still feels timeless (in a way more serious pop scifi like Star Trek can't really manage).

One of my favourite things about it is that the canonical first version is actually the radio show. The radio show isn't my favourite version, but it does free me up in thinking about adaptations of works to different media. It means I'm a lot more relaxed when a terrible movie is made from a book I love.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 26, 2018

Earth is set to be demolished for a galactic freeway. Arthur Dent, Earthling, is rescued from oblivion by an out-of-work actor named Ford Prefect. Or is he?

VickyP_KCMO Aug 04, 2017

Absolutely my favorite book of all time!
I remember listening to this as a child and imagining all the wonderful places and strange people you'd meet while traveling the galaxy. This is a highly entertaining and funny book. I would certainly recommend it to anyone with any sense of humor and ability to laugh.

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Nymeria23
Jun 19, 2017

Very goofy and silly, it was a really fun read for having the Earth blow up in the first couple chapters. I have no idea where the series is going but I'm excited to see where it leads.

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Ford carried on counting quietly. This is about the most aggressive thing you can do to a computer, the equivalent of going up to a human being and saying, "Blood...blood...blood...blood..."

"We don't demand solid facts! What we demand is a total absence of solid facts. I demand that I may or may not be Vroomfondel!"

"The mice will see you now."

This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“Don't Panic.”

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dogskids
May 28, 2015

"And I demand that I am Vroomfondel!"

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AdrianR2003
Oct 05, 2017

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Aug 23, 2015

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Mar 27, 2012

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Feb 22, 2012

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benzelli
Dec 18, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: You will die from boredom

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benzelli
Dec 18, 2012

Coarse Language: You will start convulsing and seizing and the fear implanted in your brain from this book will target the part of your brain that contains coarse language. you'll start cursing so badly that while you are speaking you'll swallow your tongue.

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

The book opens with Arthur Dent is trying to keep his house from being demolished by the local council to make room for a highway bypass. Soon his friend Ford Prefect (who is in fact a researcher for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and posing as an out of work actor) arrives on the scene and tries to convince Arthur that Earth will be soon demolished in a similar way. Arthur and Ford stow away on an alien spaceship (the Vogons' in fact) and begin their fantastic journey throughout the galaxy.

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