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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a hilarious sci-fi comedy. With witty comments about digital watches and depressed robots, Douglas Adams truly is a prophet to all comedy writers. The book opens with Earth and a man named Arthur Dent. Arthur's house is going to be demolished to make way for a bypass. To delay this, Arthur lays in front of the bulldozer that is advancing on his home. After laying there for quite a while, his friend, Ford Prefect tells him to get up and go to the bar with him because he has to tell him something important. After convincing the construction workers to wait in the plowing down of Arthur's home, they both head over to the local bar.
After three drinks each, a group of Vogon spaceships move in and blow the Earth to dust , to make way for an interstellar bypass. Fortunately, Arthur and Ford are both transported up to one of the spaceships. From there, they're discovered by the owners of the ship, and are pushed out of the airlock. They're picked up by the most powerful ship in the universe, The Heart of Gold, within thirty seconds of the airlock opening. The Heart of Gold, recently stolen by the President of the Galaxy, is powered by a Infinite Improbability Drive. An engine that basically allows the ship to do anything, no matter how improbable. From there, they travel with the President of the Galaxy and his girlfriend and a depressed robot. Traveling through space, they learn about the meaning of life, who the smartest beings on the Earth really were and what happens when you change a nuclear missile into a whale and drop it from outer space.
Adams directly states what the character Arthur Dent has in his personality: "He was about thirty as well, tall, dark-haired and ne...

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In addition, every few chapters, there is an entire excerpt devoted to an entry of the in-book Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, basically this book's version of our Wikipedia. Usually this entry would have something to do with the predicament that the group is in at the moment. I believe that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the perfect book for students of my age to be reading because of it's hilarious storyline and engaging and well developed characters In fact, if we weren't already reading a book in class, I would encourage you to read it to the class. It contains lower level vocabulary than I am used to, but still a great book. The only complaint I have about this book is the same thing that The Washington Post Book World had to say about the book: "Extremely funny . . .Inspired lunacy. . .[and] over much too soon."
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