About 18 months ago I wrote a post about books I’d love to read for one of Liz’s Tuesday Top Five series, then promptly forgot about it and did nothing to make my way through the five books I’d selected. I had picked this particular five based on books everyone else seemed to love or books I thought I should read because they crop up on every ‘Top 10/100/1001’ list I’ve come across. Obviously there are many more in this category but it was top five so I limited myself.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is the first of the list I’ve actually managed to read. It doesn’t bode well for the rest. Despite the fact that I couldn’t find a bad review on GoodReads and the average star rating was 4.5 this really wasn’t my kind of book. It was too spacey (as in all about outer-space…. obviously) and half the time I didn’t know what was going on. I will give it one thing, Adams did squeeze in some great one-liners and the concept (at least what I got from it) was pretty funny.
A few of my favourite lines….
“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”
“The Answer to the Great Question… Of Life, the Universe and Everything… Is… Forty-two,’ said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.”
“This must be Thursday,’ said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. ‘I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”
“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”
And being a Geography teacher I particularly liked this one….
“In this replacement Earth we’re building they’ve given me Africa to do and of course I’m doing it with all fjords again because I happen to like them, and I’m old fashioned enough to think that they give a lovely baroque feel to a continent.”
When I mentioned to my sister that I was reading this book she was a bit bemused, she knew it wouldn’t be my thing, she was right. Having said that it is one she really did enjoy and I think most people would – clearly given all the gushing reviews I’ve come across – so don’t let my poor response to it sway you from picking up this classic.
Have you ever read one of these top rated books only to be disappointed by it? Or perhaps you’ve read one that was totally wonderful that you’d like to share with the rest of us. I’ve got plenty on my shelves to keep me going for a while, but when I get back to my top five list I think I’ll tackle Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. What is everyone else reading at the moment?