Friday, August 17, 2012

the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy

Fun, clever, zany, quick. About Earth, the galaxy, planets in the galaxy, aliens, mice, and a guidebook called "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Adams is clearly a brilliant comic and the book reads that way. The plot is pretty crazy, but in Adams's adept hands, it's made natural and very funny. The jokes are never forced, and the crazy ideas about space and Earth are laid down in a relaxed, easygoing way (if that makes sense). I really just mean he's great at handling comedy and absurdity. 

I thoroughly enjoyed it. And if you like these quotes, I bet you would too: 

“You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.”
“Why, what did she tell you?”
“I don’t know, I didn’t listen.”

"Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now."

“The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.”

“This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”

“In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.”

“What's so unpleasant about being drunk?"
"Ask a glass of water!”

“So the hours are pretty good then?' he resumed.
The Vogon stared down at him as sluggish thoughts moiled around in the murky depths.
Yeah,' he said, 'but now you come to mention it, most of the actual minutes are pretty lousy.”

TITLE: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
AUTHOR: Douglas Adams
PUBLICATION DATE: 12 October 1979
DATE READ: 13 August 2012
VERDICT: 4/5 stars.

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