This book was absolutely hilarious and so far ahead of its time!
This is the second book in The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (which is actually in 6 parts) and it was just as good as the first. We get all our favourites back, including Arthur, Ford, Marvin and Zaphod. Trillian is there but really does nothing worth mentioning.
In this instalment, we follow the team across the galaxy to find something to eat and try to work out who controls the universe and what the ultimate question is. It’s a quick read, with my edition coming in at 180 pages.
There was some incredibly laugh out loud funny scenes, with Adams’ trademark hilarity shining through. My favourite was when the ship’s computer made Arthur a cup of “tea”, which was awful, but asked him: “would you like to share this experience with your friends?”…. we’ve all been there. Are we positive Adams didn’t have a time machine at his disposal?
The first three quarters was a rollicking good time, but the final quarter really shifted and slowed down. I didn’t enjoy it half as much, but it still wasn’t terrible. Again, Adams shows his skill with humour while tackling tough topics- environmental devastation, corruption and mindless killing. Sounds tough, but it was still tackled with humour and could (and probably is) be totally missed by people not noticing that deeper meaning. Definitely thought provoking.
Overall, I give this 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this!
Ps… my enjoyment was increased because my copy is second hand and has one of the most amazing examples of “old book smell” EVER. I think I spent more time sniffing it than reading it, to be honest!