Who wrote this book and when?
Douglas Adams published this in 1984.
Has there been a film version?
Nope. Although a few unimportant plot points are assimilated into the movie version of “HHGG.”
Who are the important characters?
Arthur Dent – a man who has been traveling space for 8 years and is now back on Earth 2.0
Fenchurch – a woman who solved the problem of life immediately before the first Earth was destroyed, now she can’t remember it and is slightly crazy…her feet also don’t touch the ground
Ford Prefect – a writer for the “HHGG” who is currently wreaking havoc around the universe
Wonko the Sane – a crazy man in California who knows what’s going on with the dolphins
What’s it about?
This mainly catches us up on the actions of Arthur and Ford since the last books. Arthur is back on Earth trying to readjust from being gone for 8 years and being the only one who knows the Earth was destroyed and remade. He meets up with Fenchurch, a lovely but insane young woman, whom he falls in love with. And Ford is just doing what he does – causing universal trouble. And trying to claim 15 years back pay now that the Earth is in existence again.
Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It’s part of a famous series.
Do I recommend you read this book?
Eh, it’s not my favorite from this series. If you want to read the whole set of HHGG books, then by all means…read it.
How did this book make my list?
See the previous question.
Has it won any awards?
“The night was uneasy with rain.” – p 48
This has been the least interesting of the HHGG series so far. This doesn’t mean it isn’t good – so don’t think that. It just focuses either on Arthur and Fenchurch or Ford, with very brief action including all of them. And most of the action with Arthur and Fenchurch follows their developing relationship – something I wasn’t very interested in. I love the character of Ford, and I was very disappointed with the absence of Trillian and Zaphod, and the very small appearance by Marvin. The randomness factor was still there, but it just seemed so forced or even overwhelming, that it wasn’t enjoyable any longer. *sigh*