The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Review
I picked this book up after seeing it recommended multiple times in the Tribe of Mentors. Boy, I enjoyed the hilarious ride!
This book has seen its fair share of incarnations. It's been a radio series, a 2005 film with Martin Freeman, a live play, and a TV series. Nothing quite feels as good as the real thing though.
Unfortunately, Adams passed away in 2001, but you can step into his mind by reading what he left behind for us. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a book that everyone should read.
Be patient with this book at first. The topic of galactic travel and his unconventional writing style can scare you at first, but I assure you that it will be well worth it. By the end you will be laughing so hard you'll have to put the book down to rest.
The book follows a human(Arthur Dent) through the universe after Earth has been destroyed. He encounters galactic villains that are a far from what you'd expect, some being very bureaucratic and are terrible poets. Arthur encounters technology that is fascinating, like telepathic Babel Fish that can translate all known languages and the Infinite Improbability Drive which powers the spaceship. I can only imagine how futuristic this must have been in the 1970s when the book was originally published.
Douglas Adams is able to make you laugh when you least expect it with sentences like "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't" or “For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”
This book is famous for poking fun at philosophy and religion, but I thought it contained great insights on the human condition. By looking at mankind from the perspective of the Universe, Adams highlights that human unhappiness cannot be solved by the movement of "small green pieces of paper", along with other jabs at seemingly normal behavior for us on Earth.
Don't hesitate on this book, just read it and thank me later.