The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Omnibus Hardcover – Aug 4 1997
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"It's science fiction and it's extremely funny...inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science fiction cliche alive." Washington Post "The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes, and his travels afford a wild satire of present institutions." Chicago Tribune "Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves." School Library Journal "A sci-fi book, packed full of adventure and humour" The Guardian
About the Author
Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and educated at Cambridge. His other works include Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, Last Chance to See…with zoologist Mark Carwardine, and, with John Lloyd, The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff.
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Just buy it. Don't ask questions. Just buy it. And read it.
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in (1) Sci-Fi, (2) Humour, (3) PG Wodehouse. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, with its sequels, stands in a genre of its own. It has been compared to other iconic British comedy such as Monty Python material, or such tongue-in-cheekers as Dr Who. While these share a history with Hitchhiker's and its author, Hitchhiker's has its own unique contribution to make to contemporary entertainment and contemporary literature.
No need for a synopsis or a gushing review here. You can Google hundreds (if not thousands) of websites, some fan-driven, some professional, that will tell you all you need to know (and much that you probably wish you could avoid). And you can always see the fair-to-middling 2005 Spyglass Pictures movie for the general plot (with significant studio-pleasing alterations). But nothing can compare to the almost real thing: The Book.
Almost real, because the real real thing is the original and unsurpassed BBC radio series (1978-80). You can still buy that one on CD. If you want to experience the majesty of Hitchhiker's in the medium its episodic and staccato plot was originally penned to fit, then get the radio series. Otherwise read the book(s).
Why? Because I said so.
Some of the things you will encounter in the pages of this science-fiction masterpiece are: depressed psychic elevators, a restaurant located at the exact point in time when the universe ends, an annoyingly cheerful spaceship, and a horribly sad android, and God's last message to creation.
Some of the things you will learn? How about how to hunt chesterfield sofas through prehistoric Earth? Why is reincarnation such a drag, and why is cricket a far more sinister game then most Englishmen would be inclined to think? You also learn how to fly (throw yourself at the ground and miss!)
Follow Arthur Dent, a normal guy, through his fantastic and hilarious adventures across the galaxy, from having his home demolished to having his home-planet demolished, to becoming the great and much exhalted Sandwich Maker.
The series is largely about Arthur Dent - an ordinary man whisked off the earth just before it's destroyed to build and Intergalactic Superhighway. He discovers there's more alien species and happenings in the big wide galaxy than he could have ever imagines. The series is about the adventures of him and some aliens he crosses paths with.
For the uninitiated, the actual Guide to the Galaxy is a travel book, in the tradition of the Lonely Planet series. On the galactic scale, the earth is rather dull so at one point the entry only states "harmless".
The books are very funny and easy to read. Written by a genuine smartass, a kind of blend of Monty Python and Star Trek, if you can characterise it.
The box set has all the books in the Trilogy of Five. Therefore, it's good - don't make the mistake of buying just the first book or even the first three as you'll almost certainly want them all. A great read from an amazing Adams.
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I love this edition, it's nice to have all 5 books in the same package.Published 13 months ago by Sebastien Gagne
What's not to like about Douglas Adams. A classic. Everyone should read it, lots of giggles.Published 14 months ago by Deborah
It'is a classic. Very funny , the kind of humour I likre and.. easy to understand ( I speak french), entertaining!Published 20 months ago by anjuli Giguère
love douglas adams fantastic to have all five of the books at one time on my new kindle thank youPublished on Dec 12 2013 by Kindle Customer