The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Book - 1979
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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

How shall we begin?

This is the story of a book called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy --not an Earth book, never published on Earth and, until the terrible catastrophe occurred, never seen or even heard of by any Earthman. Nevertheless, a wholly remarkable book.


This is the story of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , a number-one best seller in England, a weekly radio series with millions of fanatic listeners, and soon to be a television spectacle on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.


This is the story of Arthur Dent, who, secnds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, is plucked off the planet by his friend, Ford Prefect, who has been posing as an out-of-work actor for the last fifteen years but is really a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Together they begin a journey through the galaxy aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with the words don't panic written on the front. ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.")

In their travels they meet:
*Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch President of the Galaxy
*Trillian--Zaphod's girl friend, formerly Tricia McMillan, whom Arthur once tried to pick up at a cocktail party
*Marvin--a paranoid android, a brilliant but chronically depressed robot
*Veet Voojagig--former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years

To find the answers to these burning questions: Why are we born? Why do we die? And why do we spend so much time in between wearing digital watches? read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy . But remember . . . don't panic, and don't forget to bring a towel.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c1979.
ISBN: 9781400052929
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 215 p. ; 20 cm.


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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.

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.

Apr 12, 2017

Well, I've always heard that this book is unique. It definitely lives up to that. I would be able to say more about it if I'd actually understood more than half of it, but I guess I'll have to review the parts I mostly comprehended. :) First of all, my favorite parts were the wacky escapades and the ridiculous humor. Where else can you get the line, "I demand that I am Vroomfrondel!" The most famous part is probably the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Things make a lot more sense now . . .
The only caveat: some language. Hilarious!!

Feb 25, 2017

Is the content based on the original book or the movie?

Feb 16, 2017

Okay, here’s the thing about Hitchhiker’s Guide - I read it twice, and only the second time did I actually understand how hilarious it was. You really need to be in the right space when you read it, but if you are, it’s a marvelous work of satire and an intriguing story with a unique message about Earth and human culture. It’s also a very complex and individual writing style, and I realized the 2nd time I read it how much went over my head the first time. It’s one of the most peculiar, almost whimsical books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this as a great read and so much fun!
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

One September morning, Arthur Dent’s house is set to be demolished to make way for a new local bypass. Quite coincidentally, that same day, the Earth is also scheduled to be destroyed by monstrous evil space aliens to accommodate for a new intergalactic hyperspace bypass. Luckily for Arthur, he is yanked off of Earth just in time by Ford Prefect, his close friend and apparent alien entity from the far-off star Betelgeuse. Unluckily for Arthur, he discovers (and quite quickly, may I add) that the Universe is an astoundingly massive and absurd place, and much of it is out to get him. Along with Zaphod Beeblebrox, the president of the galaxy, Trillian, an Earthling mathematical genius and Zaphod’s girlfriend, and Marvin, a maniacally depressed robot, Arthur and his friends begin an incredible journey throughout space and time, along with terribly unpoetic aliens, interdimensional mice, a planet creator with an awful fondness for fjords and a whole lot of Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters.
Ridiculously funny and stunningly imaginative, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is a book that will have you in stitches from start to end. (5/5 stars)
- @Apis of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The famous book that took the world by storm in the 80’s. It is known for its controversial topical conversations presented in a humorous manner. The story is about Arthur Dent -- an average human that escaped planet earth as it was destroyed. (Along with his bulldozed house.) He goes on an adventure with space president Zaphod Beeblebrox and Ford Prefect to find the mystical planet Magrathea. The entire book is very random and inconsistent. Sometimes the story is cut off and all of a sudden we are reading a page from the actual Guide to the Galaxy. Some other people might find this book hilarious but I just didn't find it all that funny. There are parts of the book that were very clever and well established to give depth to the world that Adams has created like the mechanics of Magrathea. This was a mediocre book for me but I know there is an entire group of people who are obsessed with it. 3 out of 5.
- @Henny_Lee of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 20, 2016

Classic funny read. I laughed a LOT reading this.

Very Sci-Fi and humorus and I liked it!

Sep 15, 2016

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the best example I can think of for books that you fall in the "love it or hate it" category. Sadly, for me, it was the latter.
I read it for a monthly book club, and I was excited about the choice since I'd hear so much about it. Considering myself as pop-culture savvy, I knew I was lacking not having read this one. And thus, I embarked on it.
It is unlike me to take 30 days to read a book, specially a 190-page short novel. Alas, I finished it on the bus ride to the meeting and mainly because I had to. The absurdity of the line to line made it impossible for me to continue reading after a couple of pages. More often than not, I found that I was reading again the same chapter I had read last night; it was so incongruent. There was nothing to grab on, no relatable characters (it's a trip around the galaxy, expect all sorts of life forms), nor plot (actually, they may have been one, but I just couldn't keep track of it under the thick layer of nonsense). Granted, among the absurdity, there was some beautiful prose (like the whale's meditation) and quotable pearls every now and then.
I can see this book's relevance to its own time, and its influence on all sorts of recent stories. But to be introduced to it in 2016, I fear our times have made me too much of a cynical to give this one a fair shot.
PS: On the book club I learned that this book was originally released as a radio comedy series, and that its author was one of the Monthy Python crew. This explains a lot of the complains I had about the Guide, and to had read it knowing that would probably have changed my perception of it. Still, I don't think I'll give it a second chance.

kisanet18 Aug 11, 2016

I enjoyed the wittiness of the novel and the author himself. The ideas he incorporated in the novel are vital for the readers to understand. It may be a humor novel, but it's more than that as a whole. The characters are funny and well-developed. The main ones managed to make me laugh. Ford reminds me of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, and Arthur as Leonard Hofstadter. This is like a classic Big Bang theory episode, or maybe The Big Bang theory is a modern Hitchhiker. The plot is not that complex, but it is interesting.

Jul 27, 2016

A comedy tale (considered classic science fiction) about the events that follow two humans who have escaped the destruction of Earth, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a very famous book that is written with masterful satire. The book goes into immense detail about how all of the scientific fictional elements of the author’s world work. It also raises and juggles many very important philosophical, moral, and scientific questions and ideas, but all done in a relatively comedic fashion with little to no seriousness. For those who are concerned, character development is not one of the key aspects of this book, and those looking for well-drawn out details about each character through testing and intense situations will be relatively disappointed with the very quick ideas that come pounding one after another. Personally, I did not enjoy reading it as much, but there are very many people out there that enjoy the book for all of the reasons above. Thus, the book should be reasonably rated 4/5, and most likely higher, for its satirical/blunt humor, its ingenious adventures told through a story with its own personality, and an enjoyable read.
- @interneuron of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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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.

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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“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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“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”

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

Aug 23, 2015

“Don't Panic.”

May 28, 2015

"And I demand that I am Vroomfondel!"

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Dec 18, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: You will die from boredom

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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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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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