This morning I finished reading The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the first time. I know, I’m a little late with this one, like most books I read. I grew up with immigrant parents who didn’t read much so I didn’t get exposed to the usual books as a kid.
Anyways, this is also the first book I’ve read having seen the movie first. Before this I refused to read a book if I’d seen the movie first because I felt that it would ruin my appreciation for the book and my own vision of places and characters. It was definitely difficult to imagine the characters as they were written and not as I had seen them. Also, the movie version of the novel that I’ve seen (and love) is the most recent version. The plot of the novel and the plot of the movie are quite different. I kept expecting certain things and reading something different… it was a little unsettling.
But, all in all I really liked the novel. Adam’s style of writing is delightful and humorous. I definitely have some favourite passages. I do very much enjoy the whale coming to terms with his very short life, and God disappearing in a puff of logic.
Anyways, if you haven’t already read it and want a short, fun read I suggest The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Now, my next quest will be to find the rest of the series, used and in hardcover! Used-Bookstore Prowler away!