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Shvoong Home>Books>The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Review

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Book Review   by:MirandaDevisa     Original Author: Douglas Adams
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: a hilarious adventure story telling of intergalactic travel, strange creatures, and saving the world! What more could you want? The rather unfortunate Arthur Dent is whisked onto a mysterious space contraption by his friend Ford Prefect (a visitor from another planet who has yet, as can be seen from his unconventional name, to get to grips with the English language completely...) And from then on, havoc and disaster inevitably follow. The book is well written- or, as some might argue, written well only if you have the fine sense of humour with which to appreciate the satire and ironic comedy contained within these pages. But not only is it uproariously funny, there are also deeper points of interests- merely starting points from which a great many philosophical thoughts may follow. It is up to the reader to decide how far they will look into this book and its meanings. The proof of the popularity of this book is seen with the making of the recent film, and the Douglas Adams story has even been turned into a "darker" version by American author Chris Genoa. Make up your own mind as to which might be the best, and make up your own mind as to Adams' original issues contained deep within the lines of this book.
I have no doubt that in the future many a scienctist or philospher will claim to see hidden messages where before, all we saw was a spot of that Douglas-like barb-wire humour. After reading this book which can only be described as a twisted science-fiction novel falling somewhere between Monty Python and Terry Pratchett, everyone will understand the significance of the Babel fish (which many might say would prove invaluable in our world, assisting negotiation between different countries), and the way in which we would all rather chew off our left legs than listen to the hideous Vorgon poetry! Like it or not, this book contains several very amusing remarks and situations which will be quoted by many people for many years, and only through reading it and truly becoming involved in poor Arthur Dent's not-so-fun adventure, will we be able to understand the connotations.
Published: July 19, 2005   
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