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The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
Transcript of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
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The tone of this book is very irreverent and humorous, shown by this quote:
“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time.
But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
Unknown planetoid with moon
Gravity within acceptable range
Conditions compatible with life
Organic material probable
Over all, these characteristics make for a foreign, but somewhat familiar atmosphere around the book.
This throws the reader off balance and makes him/her more receptive to the strage, random plot.
It also helps give the otherwise absurd events in the plot some reason and structure to hold upon.
The Hitchhikers Guide
to the Galaxy
By Douglas Adams
An Introduction to...
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The setting of this book takes place in a vast, technologically advanced, sometimes nonsensical galaxy.
At the beginning of the book, this place sounds completely foreign to us Earthlings, but gradually one comes to notice that it is not so different from our own planet.
The book makes passing reference to or finds itself in many places in the galaxy, from Earth all the way out to a barren planet called Magrathea.
These planets provide different settings for the book, as well as sometimes adding a little more humor to the already freewheeling novel.
This book takes place in or around the 1980's. Although this is not directly stated, the reviewer believes this is true due to the tone of the book.
There are many characters in The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy. Most look vaguely human; only with some sort of weird appendage/organ that set them apart from humans. For example, Zaphod Beeblebrox looks completely human-except for his second head.
There are 5 main characters in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:
1. Arthur Dent
2. Ford Prefect
Arthur Dent is a regular human being and the protagonist of this book. He is about 30 years old, with dark hair and a love of tea.
Mr. Dent is one of two Earthlings left alive after the Vogon constructor ships destroyed Earth. He is a friend of Ford Prefect, and knows Trillian through a previous encounter.
Arthur is kind of numb for much of the book, still recovering from the total destruction of everything and nearly everyone he knows/loves. It didn't seem like he really takes in what is happening in and around him.
He is often dragged into dangerous situations by other characters, and sometimes acts more like a bystander to these events than an amajor actor in them.
Zaphod is the former President of the Galaxy, a title that is explained in the book as completely meaningless, as "the President...wields no power whatsoever."
At first this character seems to be a thoroughly random individual, with no basis for doing the wacky things he does, like stealing a spaceship he commissioned.
Later Zaphod is revealed to have performed brain surgery on himself, to hide some secrets from the rest of the world. This surgery is the cause of his impulses to do random stuff.
Trillian(short for Tricia McMillian) is the only other Earthling besides Arthur Dent to survive the demolition of Earth.
She has a degree in maths and astrophysics, as well as being, according to Arthur, "Devastatingly Intelligent". Trillian and Arthur met only once, at a party.
Just after the two met, Zaphod gate-crashed the party, convinced Trillian to join him in space, and then flew off. Arthur still holds a grudge against Zaphod for this.
Ford Prefect may seem like a regular human being, but he's actually from Betelguese: a star hundreds of light years away.
He is a researcher for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, a guide filled with lots of tidbits about all the planets in the galaxy, tips for hitchhiking, and other useful information.
Ford is the only reason that Arthur survived the demolition of Earth, as Ford was the one who got himself and Arthur off of Earth before it was demolished.
Marvin is a small robot with "a brain the size of a planet". He's also utterly depressed.
Part of a experiment by Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, Marvin is equipped with a Genuine People Personality (GPP), meant to make him more like a living creature.
However, he and the other robots made with GPP got only parts of a human personality. Marvin got only the sad parts, making him depressed.
Marvin works on the Heart of Gold, after it was stolen by Zaphod. His owners often put him in dangerous situations to save their skins, and he uses his intellect to get them past any dangers in the way.
These characters change the setting in many ways. Without Ford Prefect, Arthur Dent might not have survived the destruction of Earth, and the plot of this book would be nonexistent.
Trillian adds a new, more romantic aspect to the book. Zaphod's ideas/impulses shape the plot quite a bit, and Marvin provides a quick getaway plan, as well as comedic relief.
The Effects of These Characters
The main conflicts in this book comes from external sources, a Dent does not have the time to look inside himself much.
One big conflict is with the Vogons, as they try to kill all the last Earthlings, Arthur and Trillian. Another conflict is with the A.I.'s on Magrathea.
“A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.
Partly it has great practical value.
You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors;
you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon;
use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes
or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you);
you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal,
and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”
This quote shows the semi-rambling, hilarious mood of this novel.
Arthur Dent wakes up one day to find that his world has changed drastically, as bulldozers line up to begin the demolition of his house.
While he protests the change, his friend, Ford Prefect comes to save him from the imminent destruction of Earth. Hitching a ride off the planet, the pair are nearly killed before being rescued by old acquaintances.
Zaphod Beeblebrox is the former president of the Galaxy, current fugitive, and thief of a spaceship he himself created. He even has Tricia Macmillan as his navigator Everything seems to be fine-until the ship lets two hitchhikers aboard.
Together, these four travelers journey to Magrathea, an ancient planet building factory, where the learn the answer to Life the Universe, and Everything.What is the answer? Read the book to find out!
This book, is extremely funny, and had me laughing a lot as its plot unfolded. It's characters are well developed, but are still flexible enough to act like real human beings.
All the descriptions are very realistic, and got me seeing a picture in my head.
There are not many omnipresent motives in the story. However, the little, more spurious motivations serve to carry the story along adequately, and the effect is a sense of aimlessness that adds somewhat to the charm of the book.
The conflicts in this book were mostly small,, only sticking around for a short while. This may be due to the book being an amalgam of different episodes from the radio version of The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy.
While my reaction to this book were mostly positive, it did have some negative aspects as well. For example, the book was a little too random for my tastes, and I sometimes had moments whe I was totally confused about what was happening.
Overall, this book was very good, and I would give it a 4 out of 5 in general .