Prefect is Perfect?

One of the protagonists in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams is Ford Prefect. He is an alien that has been stuck on the Earth for 15 years. He was sent to Earth to gather information for the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy but he never made it back to their spaceship and so he was left behind on Earth. He first enters the story when his good friend Arthur Dent (the second protagonist, an earthling) has a hangover and his house is being bulldozered. By this time Prefect already knew that the aliens were coming to destroy the Earth in just a couple of minutes and he was there to take Dent with him to the spaceship. More


Bathrobe and the Galaxy

Arthur Philip Dent,one of the protagonists in the book the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, is a character of controversy. He is the only human to escape planet Earth before it gets demolished. Arthur wakes up with a hangover in his house, and as he gets outside he notices that his house is about to be plowed down by bulldozers. He decides to go lie in front of them to stop it. His friend, an alien, Ford Prefect comes to meet him outside the house and they make way to a bar. From there, their travel across the Galaxy begins.

Arthur has some troubles with his lifestyle, as he wakes up in the beginning of the book with a hangover and wonders why does he actually have a hangover. That’s why you could say that Arthur is not in a full control over his life and kind of goes with the flow as they say. He doesn’t seem to be too worried about anything. He is a rather ‘neutral’ person. As the book is absurd in all its humor and storytelling, so is Arthur. I find him a confusing character from time to time as he has some odd routines and he seems to be a bit confused himself too. One funny thing about Arthur is that he always wears a bathrobe he had the morning the Earth was destroyed. Arthur also enjoys tea, even though it’s rather hard to find in the galaxy.

As humans usually, Arthur is also pretty adaptive. He is kind of forced to be adaptive though, since there is no ‘home’ to go back. He is bound to travel the space for who knows how long. At the beginning of the book he says: “If I asked where we were, would I like the answer?”, he asks this from Ford Prefect, his alien friend. As they have teleported to a spaceship Arthur realizes that his life just changed forever. Still, he remains his ‘neutrality’ and adapts to the situation. He is sort of anti-hero in the book, as he does not do anything heroic or be a leader, he just goes along from situation to situation, facing the weirdest things a man can. Overall, Arthur is an absurd character in an absurd world of an absurd book.

Mind map of Arthur Dent (click the picture to enlarge!)

Here is one version of the character Arthur Dent.

Man into space

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a world famous story of rather unusual and fast paced events taking place in our very galaxy, Milkyway.  The book overall is a gift for humanity in its ingenuity. More

Thumbs Up For The Galaxy

The Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a masterpiece with lots of twists and the narrator jumps from scene to scene really fast so it was sometimes a bit hard to follow. More

Coincidences in space

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a book with comedy and sci-fi action packed with humorous and strange scenes for instance, there’s a planet that literally makes planets for the universe and protagonists have to listen to the world’s third most annoying thing, which is a poem, sounds exciting, doesn’t it? No doubt about it! The book is based on, believe or not, 20th century. The book gives you a hasty departure right at the start when the Earth is about to be destroyed for a daft reason. There are two protagonists, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect whom get into an exciting adventure thru space. Their adventure is amusing to follow and you really can’t wait what comes next, the plot twists are just absorbing! The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a part one and there are total of five parts of this exciting storyline to be read.

After reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy gives something to cogitate on how small or even void we are in the universe. There has been made a movie with the same plot and name, and it can be found on YouTube but I prefer the book more, because it’s more exciting and yet more sophisticated, so you might get lost occasionally but don’t worry, I did too.

It is the book that has the mighty number 42, the meaning of life.
Personal rating: 4-/5

You can buy the book from Suomalainen Kirjakauppa and it costs only 13 euros. It has sold over 15 million copies, so why you shouldn’t buy it too? Or you can just lend it from a library.. AND it has stickers that you can tear off and put somewhere!

Difficult words

  1. gnaw – jyrsiä
  2. haemorrhage – verenvuoto
  3. rectify – korjata
  4. contemptuous – halventava
  5. spasm – kouristus
  6. giddily – huimaava
  7. gape – ammottaa
  8. dichotomy – kahtiajako
  9. perish – tuhoutua
  10. peculiar – kummallinen

Click here to see my blog of one of the side characters from this book, it’s a robot!

Depressed robot?

The universe’s most depressed being, Marvin robot. It’s a prototype of robots whom has feelings, Marvin isn’t the happy one.
Marvin is a side character who hops in to the adventure before half of the book. Marvin is owned by Zaphod Beeblebrox, President of the Galaxy, but the title matters nothing to Marvin. Marvin will be the most depressing character you will ever come across with.

By analysing the content of Marvin I have come across a solution that Marvin is a male robot, because it behaves like male and in the movie it had male voice, not neutral robot voice. Marvin doesn’t laugh nor is happy and he thinks jokes as sarcastic and offending and they always have to do somehow with Marvin and his life.
In a dangerous situation where Marvins life is at risk, he doesn’t care if his misories are going to be set. He always integrates the misories to his life and how it would be better if he was set off or something bad happened to him.
Thinking Marvin more deeply raises the guestion, why doesn’t Marvin end his life by himself, because he doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything. Does he still have something to worth live for or does he not want something to disappear.
In the spaceship Marving hates the ship itself and self-satisfied doors, that makes sort of moaning noises while opening and closing. Others might think that’s peculiar or funny, but Marvin hates the door still a lot and couldn’t care less what others think about him nor what he does and thinks.
In the book Marvin’s depressed talking maybe got a little overmuch, but sometimes it managed to be funny to the reader. The next quote isn’t funny sadly. “I only have to talk to somebody and they begin to hate me. Even the robots hate me. If you just ignore me I expect I shall probably go away.

I think Douglas Adams is trying to message that the technology develops too rapidly and urge to give the robots feelings sometime in the short-term future. Adam does not seem to be delighted of this.

My mindmap of Marvin (click it for a larger image):

What does Marvin look like?

By the book (sticker)

By the movie

Click here to see my movie review of this book.

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