The beginning of the infamous 'Trilogy in Four Parts', the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy follows the unfortunate but hilarious intergalactic journeys of British every-man Arthur Dent. Fleeing the smoking ruins of planet Earth with a wise-cracking alien named Ford Prefect, and a certain electronic book identified with the pink, friendly letters 'Don't Panic,' they hitch some dangerous rides and go on to meet galactic notables such as the President of the Universe and the mice who designed the Earth; all of whom are seeking the answer to life, the universe, and well, everything!
The Hitchhiker’s Guide turns just about every time honoured idea about fiction writing on its head. Beginning with the destruction of the Earth is definately a first in the history of novel-writing, and the inventiveness of the book’s humour is its real strength. It is simultaneously a satire of the silliness of the real world and an imaginative account of what the universe would be like if it made as little sense as life on Earth does. Against the backdrop of infinite possibility (and hilarity), the only thing anyone in the universe really wants is for existence to have a little meaning.
The plot is both fascinating and hopelessly complicated -- Adams’ writing style is an absolute treasure. Hitchhiker’s Guide weaves a rich tapestry of absurdly involving characters against a detailed and equally insane galactic history. The narrative of the Guide itself serves as a refreshing narrative that adds the essential element to the story; a kind of serious yet sarcastic frivilousness with an eternal hipness that transcends the generations. The sheer history of the story itself and the many mediums it has occupied are testaments to this style.
While the saga of Arthur Dent's quest through the universe exists in many forms (radio, TV, books, and now a major motion picture), the book series represents the most complete and coherent version of the story. Never boring or predictable, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is an opus for the ridiculous side of reality. No traveller, intergalactic or domestic, should miss it.