The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ★★★☆☆
Genre(s) | science fiction, humour, classic
Goodreads Rating | 4.21
Humpo Show Rating | 3.10
Published: Originally published in 1979 (2016)
Earth is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent is saved by his friend Ford Prefect who just so happens to be a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy from a planet called Betelgeuse Seven. The pair of them find themselves in a galactic adventure where they find out the answer to life, the universe and everything.
The only thing I knew going into my reading of this book was that it was science fiction and there was comedy. Both of these are genres I don’t read much of…and to be honest, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. I ended up glossing over the detailed descriptions of science-y stuff as it wasn’t that interesting, nor crucial to the narrative. The comedy…again, it didn’t live up to my hopes. It became a bit repetitive and it wasn’t laugh out loud funny.
The story flowed quickly – but there was a lack of real action to get me excited about reading the next chapter – so when the end arrived, it felt abrupt and I had a sense of “is this it?”. The journey did hold my interest as I was intrigued to see what the band of travellers would find on the planet Magrathea – a now-collapsed planet-building industry. The scenes on the planet were the best, although the standards weren’t set too high.
Guide to the Galaxy is a quick read, and although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would, it was something I’m glad I read – not just for it’s status as a classic, but to have read something outside of my usual reading habits.
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