The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Illustrated Edition

· Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book 1 · Sold by Del Rey
325 reviews

About this ebook

This beautifully illustrated edition of the New York Times bestselling classic celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the original publication—with all-new art by award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell.
SOON TO BE A HULU SERIES • “An astonishing comic writer.”—Neil Gaiman

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

It’s an ordinary Thursday morning for Arthur Dent . . . until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly after to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and Arthur’s best friend has just announced that he’s an alien.

After that, things get much, much worse.

With just a towel, a small yellow fish, and a book, Arthur has to navigate through a very hostile universe in the company of a gang of unreliable aliens. Luckily the fish is quite good at languages. And the book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy . . . which helpfully has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover.

Douglas Adams’s mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, plays havoc with both time and physics, offers up pithy commentary on such things as ballpoint pens, potted plants, and digital watches . . . and, most important, reveals the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Now, if you could only figure out the question. . . .

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325 reviews
Brian Mayer
June 14, 2018
Quirky, imaginative, dryly amusing and undeniably British. If you enjoy British humor (Monty Python, Spaced, et al), reading this is a no-brainer (foreshadowy pun absolutely intended). The characters are characters in the best sense, and the situations they find themselves in can be simultaneously relatable (complaining about work) and absurd (said work is designing fjords for Africa on Earth II). If, however, you enjoy books with a more linear structure, chronological plotting and traditional story-telling, then I would advise you to allow this book to pass you by. Adams seems to take delight in upending convention at every turn, and will thus punish readers looking for a familiar read. Not a deterrent necessarily, but a caveat that needs to be addressed. Other quick items: This book is a fast read, and is the first in a series, if you want to continue reading.
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Michael Chau
July 31, 2023
Easy system reading if I do not try to understand it.But curiosity keeps you going.. Well isn't that what writer tries to achieve. Sorry ranting again .
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Ronda Harbor
August 18, 2023
Feedback is unsequently obsed,and on the around is I don't steel.i think u had not 🚭 tell me gate was the watung of me and my love 💖😘💖 😘
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About the author

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer games, stage adaptations, comic book, and bath towel. He was born in Cambridge and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001.

Chris Riddell, the 2015–2017 UK Children’s Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. He has won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004, and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. His book Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children’s Book Award 2014. Riddell has been honored with an OBE in recognition of his illustration and charity work. He lives in Brighton with his family.

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