The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been a favorite book of mine since I was in middle school. I once wrote an epic novel using the writing style of Adams as inspiration. Sadly I do not have that book any longer. Thankfully I do have this original book which I have read more times than I can count.
Douglas Adams first developed the idea for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy while he was hitchhiking around Europe. He later made it into a radio show in England and eventually into a book.
This book should be on everyone's to be read list. The writing is whimsical and light but also possess a great depth to them. The main characters of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are Arthur who is an Earthman who at the beginning of the novel is trying to save his house from being demolished for an expressway. Ironically enough, the Earth is also about to be demolished to make way for an expressway. Thankfully Arthur's friend, Ford Prefect, is actually an intergalactic hitchhiker and bums a ride on the ship that is destroying the Earth. This is just how the story begins. The plot becomes a lot more convoluted from there.
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