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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 1 Mass Market Paperback – 27 September 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0345391802
  • Product Dimensions : 10.67 x 1.52 x 17.53 cm
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0345391803
  • Publisher : Random House Publishing Group; Media tie-in Edition (27 September 1995)
  • Language: : English
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"Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon."--The Washington Post Book World

The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes, and his travels afford a wild satire of present institutions.--Chicago Tribune

Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves.--School Library Journal

"[A] whimsical odyssey . . . Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy."--Publishers Weekly

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"IRRESISTIBLE!"
--The Boston Globe
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!
"[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy."
--Publishers Weekly

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