I am so, so, so glad I did.
Hilarity abounds in this relatively short novel. The story follows Arthur Dent and his good friend, Ford Prefect, as Earth is destroyed by the Vogons (an alien race that writes horrid poetry). Together they hitchhike their way onto various space ships in the galaxy (aided with a fantastically useful book called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). They find themselves shoved into space after being captured aboard a Vogon spacecraft and are picked up by a stolen spaceship that is manned by a comical crew. Zaphod Beeblebrox (which, by the way, is probably the coolest name in the entire world, in my opinion), a two headed, three armed ex-hippie who just so happens to be the President of the Galaxy, and not to mention completely wacky, Trillian (once Tricia McMillan of Earth) who is Zaphod’s girlfriend, and Marvin, the absolutely brilliant but exceedingly depressed robot, are all aboard The Heart of Gold (which has a computer that is pleased as punch to help his pals and doorways that sigh with happiness as you walk through them).
Basically, if you can handle the absurdity that flourishes within this novel, then you will love it. If you can understand that mice are more important than we ever knew, that towels can get you out of pretty much any bind, that the Earth is Mostly Harmless, and that dolphins tried to warn us of our planet’s demise by doing back flips, then you will appreciate Adams’ humor.
I tried to watch the film versions of the book – a British TV show and then the movie that has Zooey Deschanel in it – and they were good… but not my favorite (as it always seems to be for book to movie conversions). I am still confused as to why they cast Mos Def as Ford Prefect… but I guess I can try to get over that. Sam Rockwell played Zaphod magnificently. Zooey was pretty good. I enjoyed the Marvin in the TV series more than the updated movie version, but that’s maybe just me.
Anyway, read the book. You’ll like it more than the film versions.
So long, and thanks for all the fish!
On to reading!