So anyway – I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the #CannonBookClub back in April. And then I proceeded to never find the link to the chat and completely forget about all things book club. And then I didn’t know if I could post a review before hand so I was overthinking everything and got so behind on reviews that I now have 8 books to review. Wow… talk about slacking.
So I’m welcoming myself back 🙂
Now on to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
This was my first time reading this classic and I thought it was fine. I mean, it’s been 2 months, but the impression it left me was: this book was fun, and absurdist, and I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more if I’d read it 20 years ago. But it was still cool.
There were two things I particularly enjoyed.
- Stephen Fry’s narration is superb – I have said it before, and I will repeat it now: I will listen to that man reciting the phone book. Listening to this book was just a delight to me and it plain made me happy.
- I enjoyed the underlying philosophical questions posed by the book – the whole idea of there being a clear answer but how useless answers can be when you don’t know which questions to ask was deeply thought-provoking and I was here for it.
Other than that, the book was fine. A little too absurdist for me, and I felt no real connection to the characters. Things were happening and I had a passing interesting in it. The humour was not my kind of humour, but somewhat amusing…
I guess I was happy enough with it – it was a solid 3-3.5 stars.
Just a quick edit to include this book as the Book Club square on the CBR13 Bingo 🙂