Each week throughout Hilary term, we'll be asking a pupil to review a book they have recently finished. First up is Edward, who enjoyed an picaresque trip across the galaxy with Arthur and Ford in Douglas Adams' classic comic novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...
For me, this was a perfect book. It is a science fiction novel about the different adventures of hapless human Arthur Dent as he travels through deep space accompanied by alien journalist Ford Prefect. There are many twists and turns and it is almost impossible to predict the storyline, yet the clarity did not fade - a hard feat to achieve.
What occurred to me while reading this book was that there was never a dull moment, not a time where I had to read several pages to find something interesting and out of all the books I have read, only a select few have achieved that kind of perfection. The way a book with no links to our actual way of living becomes so vivid and real is truly remarkable.
With these compelling factors, there really is nothing to lose from reading it. A thrilling storyline is the goal for any author and it was achieved in excess by Douglas Adams, who also wrote a further four books on Arthur and Ford’s adventures around the galaxy.
The most important part of reading is enjoying it, and I think you will enjoy this one. So even if it’s not the type of book you would normally read give it a go. It’s easy to read and you should definitely try it out.
- Edward (Lower Third)