Book Reviews

Book Review; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, copyright 1980

      On loan from my oldest son who had heard so many great things about the book that he wanted to read it. He did not care for it, and as usual I mentioned that it was next in the queue and a very good friend told me he had read the book and heartily enjoyed it. Now the the pressure is on which way to go. Like it or not I will try to write a correct summary, so, open your mind and take in the GuideImage

      Dealing with the pressure is part of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. If you haven’t already read the book or seen the movie Arthur Dent is swept into space just seconds before the Earth is destroyed to make room for a galactic interstate. Arthur’s friend for the last few years and thought to be an out of work actor, Ford Prefect, is not an actor, but a researcher for the Hitchhiker’s Guide. For the last fifteen years he has been trapped on Earth and looking for a way off.

      Now off planet Ford is helping Arthur deal with not only the loss of his home, but also the fact that he is now a space traveler without a destination. They meet up with the President of the Imperial Galactic Government, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and his lady friend Trillian. Zaphod is searching for something, but he’s not sure what.

      The crew find a civilization that built a computer answer the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Arthur and the rest of the crew find themselves also looking for not only the meaning of life but looking for the correct question. Arthur may have discovered the real questions. Is there Tea on board? What time is lunch? What is the most intelligent species on Earth? Is Earth really that primitive that it only warrants “harmless” as a description in the guide. Life, could be, just what you make of it.

      The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is your guide to the ultimate questions of the universe. Bring your towel and enjoy the ride.

      Next up, “The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag” by Alan Bradley copyright 2011. The second Flavia de Luce Novel. With the first novel winning more awards than any other series debut we will see if the second is on the same par as the first.

      Until next time, enjoy the song that is running through your mind. It might not be there tomorrow.


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