Book Review: The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy by Douglas Adams

The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy
Douglas Adams

The first book of this trilogy became a big name after being made into a Hollywood film starring the likes of Martin Freeman, Mos Def and Zooey Deschanel. Though the good prose and brilliant story doesn’t just end there it carries on to four more books: ‘The Restaurant at the End of the Universe’, ‘Life, The Universe and Everything’, ‘So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish’ and ‘Mostly Harmless…’. The second book still sees all the main characters: Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the Paranoid Android but if you’re expecting them to stick together throughout all the books then you will be disappointed. Following Arthur throughout, the others weave back in and out with other characters introduced that are just as weird and messed up as everyone else.

It’s one of those books where you can’t predict what will happen next because the writing is so random like trying to follow a train of thought. That’s not to take anything away from Douglas Adams though because it’s this slightly scatter-brained approach to his writing that makes it all the more enjoyable to read. He’s created not just a world but his own universe full of many different species and that is no mean feat especially as it all seems so believable and at times humorous. His writing will make you chuckle but is serious when the story deems it. His writing is a breath of fresh air compared to a lot of other sci-fi and fantasy writers that have ever put pen to paper. A lot of those writers spend most of their time creating drama and building suspense whereas here plenty goes on and there are an abundance of surprises but they just happen naturally. Much like real life which can be messed up and knock you for six, well take that and amp it up a level to include the weirdness of this universe.

In terms of characters all of them are likeable and thoroughly human, sometimes scarily so, with Arthur Dent as the hapless typical English man with a love of tea being a main character we can all relate to. His outlook on the things happening to him is normal and I imagine what ours would be and that’s why, in my opinion, he is one of the best leading characters ever written. He’s normal and seems so real making him relatable to everyone from the retired man to the city banker, from the teenage girl to the mother.

If you are looking for a sci-fi book that’s not too confusing or difficult to get into and is not too heavy on the subject matter then this is the trilogy for you. I’ve read a lot of sci-fi but always prefer this group of books with brilliant writing from Adams. A novelist who is sometimes overlooked for how great and iconic he really was he really was one of Britain’s best. It may have it’s confusing moments like most books but at the heart this is a tale of life, love and appreciation of what we have reminding us not to be greedy because having more doesn’t always improve your life, if anything it can make it all that more confusing.

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