Douglas Adams’ 1979 science fiction novel is often called one of the classics, and after reading the book it is easy to see why. The adventures of Arthur Dent after he takes refuge in space from the destruction of the earth are filled with irony, and improbable coincidences that turn out to be not that improbable after all. Arthur, along with guide-book researcher Ford Prefect, President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox, fellow human-turned-space-traveler Trillian, and depressed, paranoid robot Marvin, speed through the galaxy on a stolen ship searching for gold, mythical planets, and the answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything.
Their adventures and mishaps were hilariously captivating and the book was a joy to read, though sometimes the out-of-this-world logic was difficult to grasp (though I imagine Arthur Dent himself had similar difficulties). I would recommend The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to anyone who wants a story with intriguing characters and humor throughout.
Availability: USMAI and SMCM Library
Review Submitted by: Brianna Glase
Rating: Must Read