I’ve always been under the impression that The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is one of those modern classics that everyone should read at some point, not sure why. My Mum read it a few weeks ago and enjoyed it, so I decided to give it a go.
The story follows Arthur, who goes from lying in front of his house to stop it being bulldozed, to floating around in outer space in a matter of hours, after planet Earth is destroyed of course.
We then follow his strange journey through space after he’s rather luckily picked up by a space ship before his head has chance to explode.
I found the first few chapters really funny and interesting. After the Earth was blown up though, I felt about as confused as Arthur was. I had trouble following what was going on, where Arthur was, who everyone was, and at points who was talking.
If the confusion was intended, Douglas Adams has done a brilliant job, if not I’m disappointed.
About half way through the book I almost gave up because I felt really lost and it was a chore not a joy to read.
I persevered and finished it off yesterday afternoon and I’m glad because the story picks up towards the end.
Something I really struggled with was the lack of character development, I suspect the idea was to write an entertaining story more than to get into the ins and outs of the characters life. Whether that’ll bother you or not is down to your personal preference.
I don’t generally go for purely daft or silly books, so I don’t know whether or when I’ll read the rest of the books in the series, however it was a good funny fix.
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is wonderfully witty and funny. If you’re looking for something silly and amusing to read then this isn’t a bad start at all.
I’d give The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy 3.5 out of 5.