Thursday, November 08, 2007
A book a day Nov 8
Keeping up the daily posting with a classic book which is worth reading
What can I say about this book? The master of surreal sci-fi and humourous observation's most famous book, taken from the radio series of the same name and followed by a TV series and movie which are all equally funny. Arthur Dent is about to have his house demolished to make way for a bypass when his friend Ford Prefect takes him off to the pub and reveals that he (Ford) is an alien who is writing for the Galaxy's most popular publication 'The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy' and has discovered that there is a fleet of Vogon Constructor ships on the way to demolish earth for a hyperspace bypass. Getting off the planet by stowing away on one of the ships with the aid of an electronic 'thumb' Arthur and Ford get through a number of increasingly strange adventures as they seek the meaning of life and basically try to stay alive in order that Arthur doesn't have to go to heaven with a headache ('I'd be all cross and wouldn't enjoy it...').
Odd, funny, some very wry observations on life, death, and just about everything, this is an epic search for meaning through meaninglessness with lots of laughs on the way. All written in Adam's inimitable style.