Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy begins in modern day Earth, with the protagonist, Arthur Dent, waking up to the sound of bulldozers preparing to knock down his house in order to make room for a highway. In order to stop them from knocking down his house, Arthur lies in the mud in front of the bulldozers. In the middle of attempting to convince the bulldozers not to knock down his house, his friend, Ford Prefect comes by and convinces him to go to the bar and get a drink. He comes back shortly later to find his house demolished.
That proves to be the least of his concerns, as shortly afterward, alien ships show up in the sky. They announce that Earth is being destroyed in order to make room for an interstellar highway and then proceed to destroy Earth in seconds flat.
Instead of dying in the blast, Arthur is saved by his friend Ford and teleported into the cargo of the ship. Despite their temporary safety, Arthur and Ford try to escape and end up in one misadventure after another.
This is one of the few books that has made me laugh out loud while reading it. It has a unique sense of humor that makes it stand out from the crowd. If you’re a fan of British humor like Monty Python, you will definitely enjoy this book.
While by no means being a recently published book (originally published in 1979) the books is quite easy to find and still has a large following. It is first in a series of books, but besides maybe the second one, none of the others are quite as funny. The series has had many adaptation over the years, including a movie, radio series and TV show.