author: Douglas Adams
genre: Science fiction, galactic travel, the meaning of life
dates read: May 13th – May 16th
review: 4.5 out of 5
summary: Arthur Dent is just a regular guy trying to keep his house from being demolished. His friend Ford Prefect is an alien from Betelgeuse (though Arthur doesn’t know it at first) who came to Earth for a quick visit to update The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, but has been stranded on Earth for 15 years. Ford knows that the Earth is about to be destroyed by another alien race and he and Arthur escape their own impending doom. And so beings their adventures into the Final Frontier.
personal thoughts: This was really weird. But also really hilarious. Because it was science fiction, I didn’t get everything that happened/was said, but that didn’t take away from the hilarity of the story. I wasn’t thrilled when the chapters would jump from one character to another but it did make sense in the end. All the characters were quirky and unique. The vastness of the universe (both actual, and the one in the story) is really mind-blowing and I like Adams’ perspective on it. The particular edition of the book that we own is five novels in one, this one being the first and nicely kicks off the story. I will be returning to it later.
favorite quotes: “He would have felt safe if alongside the Dentrassis’ underwear, the piles of Sqornshellous mattresses and the man from Betelgeuse holding up a small yellow fish and offering to put it in his ear he had been able to see just a small packet of cornflakes. But he couldn’t, and he didn’t feel safe.” p. 39, 40
“At that moment the bottom fell out of Arthur’s mind. His eyes turned inside out. His feel began to leak out of the top of his head. The room folded flat around him, spun around, shifted out of existence and left him sliding into his own navel. They were passing through hyperspace.” p. 42
“The planet’s surface was blurred by time, by the slow movement of the thin stagnant air that had crept across it for century upon century.” p. 81