The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was written by Douglas Adams in 1979, based on a radio broadcast on bbc. It is the first in a series of 6 books. There is also a movie witch was released in 2005.
This novel is one of the craziest i have ever read.
It tells the story of a male human called Arthur Dent. Arthur is just an ordinary english 30 year old who lives in a small town in England. One day he finds out that his house is being demolished to make room for a high-way. That same day he finds out that the same thing is about to happen to the planet earth. His good friend Ford Perfect ‘hitches’ a ride onto one of the vogon ships that has come to destroy the planet. This is where a great adventure begins.
Adams uses a lot of ways to keep the reader amused. He uses a lot of funny words and names (like Beeblebrox and Slartibartfast).
And a lot of very improbable things happen in the story. This makes the story very interesting but at some points very hard to follow. Alot of made-up names and things must be remembered while reading the book.
Douglas Adams novels have had a great influence on everyday life. For example the website http://nl.babelfish.yahoo.com/ . This is a website where you can translate words and sentences from different languages to a language of your choice. The name of the website, ‘Babelfish’, is derived from a creature In the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy which ,when put inside your ear, translates every language you hear to the language you understand. This is just one example of the many things in everyday life that are based on Adam’s books.
“The Babel fish is small, yellow and leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe.”
The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy is great for anyone who loves random and weird story’s and it is amusing from start to finish. I personally think that everyone must read this book. It should be a requirement in everyones education.