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April 2021 Book Discussion - The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The April 2021 RPGX Book Club Selection is...
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# Title* Author Nominator
1 On Writing Stephen King Bothers
2 The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy Douglas Adams Baxder

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams, nominated by Baxder!

You can support RPGX by picking up a copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy from the linked image above, or here for the Kindle version, or get it from your favorite vendor at Goodreads.

Thanks to Bothers for the competition, and don't forget your towel!

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208 pages
Satirical Science Fiction

Synopsis: The Hitchhiker's guide chronicles one of the last surviving human's adventures after the Earth is destroyed to make way for a galactic highway. It's a ridiculous and hilarious romp through a cosmos of translating fish, "improbability drive" hyperspace travel, a clinically depressed robot, and nihilistic galactic leadership.

Why this book: I just turned 42. And if anyone, anywhere, hasn't read this then they are simply missing out on one of the greatest works ever written.

Discussion questions:
1 - Hitchhiker's Guide makes fun of a lot of things, but are there any things that this book takes seriously? Are any of the characters treated seriously? Are any institutions (like businesses, governments, or churches) treated seriously? Or is everything made fun of here?

2 - Who do you think is the most important character in this book? Is there a hero/heroine here? Is there a character that you care about more than the others? Are there any villains? Another way to ask this question is: "Is there a conflict in this book and if so, between whom?"

3 - Adams flippantly depicts the destruction of the planet Earth as a casual, everyday sort of occurrence. Why do you think he does this? What impact does it have on the emotional development of the narrative, specifically on Arthur Dent?

4 - What might Adams' message be about science in this novel?

5 - There is a tremendous amount of seemingly random/arbitrary destruction and upheaval in The Hitchhiker's Guide, yet Adams' perspective seems optimistic. Is the latter in spite of the former? Or does Adams find a way to harmonize the two? Are there any points where the two seem irreconcilable?

I did read The Guide once, probably 20 or so years ago. I remember enough to be able to explain all the popular references but that's about all.



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Please post all comments regarding the text of the book in spoilers, labeled with the chapter you have read up to.
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I love this book. I don't re-read books often, but this will be my third time with THHGTTG. I'm looking forward to getting started.

Happy belated birthday, Baxder!
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Why thank you! I don't quite feel like the answer to life, the universe, and everything, but I have the year to ...doubtfullyget there
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