The Meaning of Life (not 42)
My rating: 5 out of 5
An alien is sent to earth (Cambridge, England) to resolve a problem. Before he does so however he needs to understand a bit about the humans – perhaps his choice of Cosmopolitan magazine was not the best place to start, but it did make for laugh out loud reading. As matters progress, the alien discovers that there is more to humans than meets the eye, and shares some witty and enlightening thoughts on what it means to be human.
This is the first book by Matt Haig that I have read, and I look forward to reading more. It made me laugh out loud, think about life and want to remember (and quote) sentences from it, for example “The things you don’t need to live – books, art, cinema, wine and so on – are the things you need to live.”
A life affirming read, a great story and a good laugh.
Was thinking of getting this for my nephew for Christmas, would it suit a 14 year old?
I don’t really know much about 14 year olds, but I have my doubts. The alien uses a copy of the magazine Cosmopolitan as a guide on how to be a human man aged 43 and married – so probably not great for a 14 year old. I definitely recommend it for his mother though!!