Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • Written By: Douglas Adams
    Type of book
    : Comedy and Science fiction

Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy is a comedy and a science fiction book. This book by Douglas Adams is just the first from many books he wrote telling the story of Arthur Dent. One day like any other in planet earth, Arthur Dent, a human who had a pretty regular life woke up to find out his house was about to be demolished because of the construction of a highway. What he did not know was that in about 30 minutes the earth itself was about to be destroyed for the construction of an “intergalactic freeway”. Luckily his friend, Ford Prefect, was well aware of this situation and saves both by hitchhiking into one of the ships which were to destroy earth. From this moment on, both friends begin an amazing adventure throughout the whole universe with the aid of the Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy, which was in Ford’s possession.
I believe it is a great book which will keep anyone laughing at the situations the main characters live till the end. It was really interesting to read such a different point of view about the universe and even about the meaning of life. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to explore the universe and have a good time at the same time.


Gladys Baya said...

Your image shows a movie was made based on this book, Federico... Any idea of when it was made, or who directed or starred it? Sounds fun...

How old is the book, anyway? Does the story still make sense today? When it comes to science fiction, I'm keen on Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. Have you read anything by them?


Illya said...

Since you asked, and I love this book ;-)
This is a great book and started a great cult in the 80's. First it was turned int o a radio show, then there was a TV show weekly that followed the story - very funny, though a bit strange - then there was even a text-based computer game! You could only finish the game if you knew the book well. This would be a great game for an English class reading the book too - if you can find it!
IT was refilmed around 2000, but not nearly as good as the original.
I hope this short history of the book will be helpful to those interested :-)
Illya (an English teacher in Switzerland)