The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Jul 26, 2018
To say that Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a book that captured the zeitgeist of the late 1970s and the 1980s is an understatement. Beginning as a BBC comedy radio series, it would mutate into versions in print, on stage, in comics, and on screens small and big, becoming an international sensation. Published as a novel in 1979, it was an immediate bestseller, and its reach with readers only grew as it was expanded by its author into a “trilogy” of five volumes. Douglas Adams’s insouciant way with the definition of “trilogy” is par for his book’s course through outer space, and an emblem of the book’s appeal: It’s silly—cleverly, brilliantly, gloriously, ingeniously, and at times profoundly silly. Despite its technological trimmings and intergalactic itinerary, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a virtuoso performance on the core instruments of British humor, from Three Men in a Boat to Monty Python. Think P. G. Wodehouse in space, complete with the zany names, and you’ll get the idea.
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Oct 1, 2018
Truly one of the best!
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Oct 26, 2018
Funny yet full of valid observations regarding the crazy animals we humans are.
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Oct 28, 2018
Doug Adams is the science fiction version of PG Wodehouse. His hilarious books were funny and groundbreaking when they debuted, and like all classics, they remain relevant to this day.
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Nov 5, 2018
Bonafide classic (& sequels!)
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Nov 28, 2018
Fun!
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Dec 5, 2018
A sci-fi classic!
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Dec 25, 2018
Much fun.
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Dec 25, 2018
It was my husband's favorite.
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Hilarious absurdity. I reread it often and laugh each time, marveling at their outlandish wit.
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I have read the whole series and now my son has too.
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It’s a fantastic journey into the bizarre that seems perfectly believable. So long and thanks for all the fish!
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Very funny book, an easy read
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Innovative, radical and very funny
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Feb 5
Way too much fun to not read!
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Feb 21
Unbearably horrifically quotably funny. You can’t not read this and know anything useful about eternity, especially the part that doesn’t happen yet. Like reading A Brief History of Time, backwards, in a mirror.
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It's a fantastic book
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Feb 22
It’s the funniest book ever with geeky humor! Exceptional use of the English language - Adams has exploited it to give a new shade of meaning like when he wrote that “the ship tried to right itself but wronged itself instead”. There are many gems of quotes from this book. It even has a cult following.
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So witty and laugh out loud funny
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Mar 11
Brilliant imagination and speaks to our wish to know just what the hell this is all about. Fun characters.
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One of the best books ever written!
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Hilarious and unforgettable. It marries wild science fiction concepts with philosophical ideas and carries both to their logical absurdity.
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One of my favorite book from my childhood.
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It's hilarious and provides an interesting perspective.
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Silliness is required to get through this life
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Mar 26
A whimsical sci-fi romp with humor that readers of all ages can relate to. I find myself randomly quoting it in various situations.
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An amusing stpry that makes reconsider how you look at things, ponder the big questions, and consider when it is and isn't a good time for tea.
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Mar 26
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Mar 28
I agree with one caveat: while this book is funny and written well, I've never seen the need to read it more than once. So, yes, read it, but find it at the library or something.
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Mar 28
Great book
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Clever and subtle, one of the few books that has made me literally laugh out loud while addressing oddly serious topics.
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Apr 2
reasons
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liked the radio play
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Apr 17
fun read
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It’s a one of a kind book. The history of how the book came into existence is extraordinary
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As funny a book as I've ever read.
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The sequels never measured up to the original book, but the first book in the series might just be one of the best books ever written. Full of inventive ideas and lateral thinking.
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May 14
Fun and funny
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One of the most comedic science fiction books ever written, I revisit it every few years.
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What a crazy, fun ride! Still use quotes from this book almost daily.
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May 23
Whimsical and hilarious. All the right goofiness in all the right places.
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Humorous and original. My husband gave this to me very early in our courtship and I loved it!
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It's really funny.
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Jul 8
funny. wild. stupid. terrific book.
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Jul 13
Funny but also touching and insightful.
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Jul 19
I find endless joy in absurdity, and The Hitchhiker's Guide sure delivers plenty of absurdity. Short enough to read in a day, snappy, and widely influential, this book (and the series in its entirety) is a gem.
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Aug 9
Hilariously weird
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Sep 20
One of the best books I've ever read. Both bizarre, creative, authentic and hilarious
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Oct 3
Everything Douglas Adams wrote is on my favorites list
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This book is really funny. I rate the books I read so I know if I want to read it again. This one I gave a vvvgd (or very very very good). Definitely a book to reread.
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A marvelous, funny, illuminating novel.
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Douglas Adams' wit (Monty Python style) has always been a favorite of mine and this book has it in spades. I have read it many times and this book has a permanent place on my shelf. If you are not knowledgeable in British culture many of the jokes may be lost to you, so reader be warned. The book was originally a radio show, and there is also a low budget 70's TV mini series available on some of the streaming sites.
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