29 December 2014

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams, 1979)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Writer: Douglas Adams
Year: 1979
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a science-fiction book written by Douglas Adams, who got the idea during a trip around Europe. It was one of the most successful books of its year and it was awarded as the 24th greatest book of the century by Waterstone.

One day, Arthur Dents wakes up and finds his house surrounded by several bulldozers that are about to wreck it, because the Town Hall wants to build a bypass highway. Then, Ford Prefect, his best friend, appears saying that he is an alien and the Earth is going to be busted by another species.

In fact, a few minutes later, a Vogon starship appears in the sky and announces that the Earth must disappear because they need to build an interstellar highway. Arthur and Ford get to enter into their starship and avoid being destructed, for the moment…

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

This is the first novel of a series composed of five titles plus another one written by another well-known author (Eoin Colfer). So if you like it, you can keep on reading the following books. 

Two weeks after Douglas Adams’ death in 2001 his followers started to celebrate the Towel Day the 25th May honouring The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. (I promise this makes sense after reading the book, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise).

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