"The Universe, And Everything" by Douglas Adams.

Essay by shlomo127Junior High, 9th gradeA+, September 2003

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Arthur Dent, the protagonist in the story Life, The Universe, And Everything by Douglas Adams, is just an ordinary person who has to save the universe in his pajamas. This book is the third in the hitchhiker series and is one of the best. The best thing about Douglas's books is the way they are written. It looks like he had more fun writing the books than I did reading it. He also uses many literary devices such as simile and personification. Another great thing about these books is that Douglas puts in what seems as pointless stories in the middle of the book that end up having a lot to do with the plot towards the end. Also, Douglas goes off on a tangent every time he states a new concept or idea. He usually quotes what the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy says about the subject.

For example, he spends a page or two telling exactly how the Guide says it's possible to fly by simply missing the ground! All in all Douglas Adams's imagination makes this book a great read.

The book is about Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Slartibartfast, and Trillian. After being stranded on prehistoric Earth, Arthur and Ford find a rip in the space-time continuum that catapults them through time to one day before the Earth's destruction. Luckily, however, they are rescued by an old friend, Slartibartfast. Once aboard Slartibartifast's ship, Arthur and Ford find out from Slartibartfast that the people of Krikkit are out to destroy the Universe. Their motive: they are sick of looking at the sky above their head, which, according to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is the "...least interesting sight in the entire Universe."

When Arthur is diverted while teleporting to a strange...