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Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue. The Hitchhiker's Guide is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations and stands up to multiple reads. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms.
Don't panic! Here are words of praise for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
"It's science fiction and it's extremely funny...inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science fiction cliche alive."
"The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes, and his travels afford a wild satire of present institutions."
"Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves."
School Library Journal
"As parody, it's marvelous: It contains just about every science fiction cliche you can think of. As humor, it's, well, hysterical."
I am probably the last person on Earth to read this book. And I don't know why I waited so long. The book is outstanding, I could barely put it down. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by JB
Read this for the first time around 7th grade. Read it again because my 13 year old is reading it. Great book to show that sci fi can be humorous.Published 1 day ago by Bridgette
I bought and read this book after listening to some fellow mathematicians referring to it, in particular to the number 42. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lee May
Pretty good. Hard to understand at times. Wait till you're in your teens (at least) before reading.Published 10 days ago by johnny h
This is the product of a prolific and twisted, hysterically funny mind. The subtle jokes and comments on life are wonderful and leave one much to think about. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Elemental Dragon