--The Boston Globe
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!
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1 . awesome
Posted October 26, 2010 by tony d , quincy mathis book was awesome i loved it. wanted more
2 . Wonderful
Posted July 09, 2010 by Alyssa , ArlingtonIt's a great book that is so different and funnny!! it just keeps you laughing through the whole thing.
3 . I highly recomend
Posted February 16, 2010 by Chickenfoot , FLI Just finished reading the book and it was really funny. Although it was funny and a fairly easy read, on the occation it was difficult to follow because of the usage of Bittish English. However, overall I recommend you read this book, even if you, like me, speak American.
4 . Hilarious! Subtle humor that kept me laughing.
Posted February 15, 2010 by Robert , SyracuseI haven't seen the movie version of this book, but this book tells an incredibly amazing story! It has thoughts that seem logical, but outstandly odd at the same time.
The humor isn't in your face and I can't think of any one-liners that stand out. But the awkward situations and other hilarious scenarios kept me reading from one end to the other with very few pauses.
5 . Phenomenal
Posted January 13, 2010 by Jim , PhiladelphiaOne of my favorite books. Gives a great perspective on the Universe. Buy it.
6 . Solid Read...Funny and Unique.
Posted January 06, 2010 by FB , CaliforniaGood story with some unique takes on the universe. I had never read the book nor seen the Hitchhiker movie so the book was all new to me. Leaves you wanting more for sure, but the British humor gets a bit stale towards the end...sort of the same joke again and again with new words substituted.......Recommend for almost anyone as a good read. A couple of spacing errors but likely my Sony vs the actual book.
September 25, 1995
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