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The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Omnibus Hardcover – Aug 4 1997


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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann; 1 edition (Aug. 4 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434003484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434003488
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 4.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jon salsberg on Jan. 11 2006
Format: Paperback
Okay. A review without a synopsis or, in fact, a review. If you're on this page, if you're reading these words, then you've heard of Hitchhiker's and you want me, as a total stranger, to tell you if it's any good or if you should buy it or not.
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.
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Format: Paperback
These novels are consistantly hilarious, smart, and thought-provoking. The humour is brilliant--I know that I've laughed the most while reading these books then any other novels. The 2005 film adaptation was lovely, but the books are even more humerous, as well as emotionally moving, towards the end.

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.
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By Mandy TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 10 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you haven't read this you really ought to, if for no other reason than to understand the jokes that readers may causally make. If you want a good reason, the book is its own argument. Well written, irreverently funny, highly addictive.
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By anjuli Giguère on June 3 2014
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It'is a classic. Very funny , the kind of humour I likre and.. easy to understand ( I speak french), entertaining!
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By Kindle Customer on Dec 12 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
love douglas adams fantastic to have all five of the books at one time on my new kindle thank you
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By Trent Doyle on Sept. 12 2013
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i love these books they are a great read and the wacky nature of this book. if thinking about getting these books just look at the price for 5 books it sold me.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I referenced a quote to a friend who I assumed would know what I was talking about, so after explaining HHGTG to him, I thought " hey I haven't read that for a long time" so I bought it for my iPad and enjoyed it thoroughly
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By Laura on April 17 2013
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The Hitchhiker's Guide is one of those books you can read over and over again and it just gets more entertaining. The kindle edition is great because I can take it anywhere and read it anytime!
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