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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: 15.3 x 4.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,917 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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By Mandy TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 10 2014
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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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I love this edition, it's nice to have all 5 books in the same package.
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In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.. June 13 2012
By Crookedmouth - Published on
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...but it was followed, in 1979, by something rather smaller but infinitely more useful and far easier to read - "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", the story of Arthur Dent, local radio executive, dressing-gown wearer and interplanetary refugee.

Originally released as a BBC Radio series, H2G2 quickly found its way to print and was followed over thhe period of thirty-odd years by five follow-up books, a TV series and a film. In that time the story arc gained a huge fan-base and brought its author, Douglas Adams, a degree of immortality achieved only by the lesser gods.

This edition gathers together the first five books, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), Life, the Universe and Everything (1982), So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984) and Mostly Harmless (1992) under one cover. The sixth book, And Another Thing ... was written by Eoin Colfer in 2009 and is available seperately.

So what exactly IS H2G2? Ostensibly, it tells of Arthur's peregrinations across the universe (the Earth having been destroyed by a Vogon Constructor Fleet to make way for a hyperspace bypass) accompanied by Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ford Prefect, Trillian and Marvin The Paranoid Android. The characters sound fun but actually they are rather cod, stock sci-fi personnel so... move on, there's nothing to see here (although Marvin is probably one of the most endearing and best loved literary robots of all time).

There is not really much in the way of plot either, at least in the first two books, and what develops subsequently is not much cop - hopelessly confused and confusing and it is clear that Adams was either trying too hard or not hard enough. He famously stated that he wasn't much good at plots...

He also noted, even more famously, "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." which hints at the true genius of the man. Douglas Adams was a profoundly gifted humourist, a satirist of some repute and THAT is one reason why people love his books. It's the gentle Wodehousian humour, the sideways look at late 20th century culture and technology that makes these books so special and anyone who's read the series has his or her favourite quotes...

"For a moment or two the old man didn't reply. He was staring at the instruments with the air of one who is trying to convert Fahrenheit to centigrade in his head while his house is burning down."


"You mean," said Arthur, "you can see into my mind?"
"Yes," said Marvin.
Arthur stared in astonishment, "and ...?"
"It amazes me how you can manage to live in anything that small."

Another reason for reading these books is Adams' prodigious talent for setting out strange and provocative ideas: the eponymous Restaurant of the second book is one, as are his two revolutionary FTL transport mechanisms - the Infinite Improbability Drive and Bistromathics. Silly? Yes. Wildly impractical? Frequently. Amusing? Yup. Inherently and strangely logical? Mais certainement... Well, maybe not always so silly. Consider the answer to the meaning of life etc etc. i.e. "42". What Adams is saying is that we spend so much time looking for answers that we forget to wonder which are the most important questions. And with The Guide itself he managed to predict the development of the pocket internet, so not just amusing but also prescient and thoughtful.

I think it's fair to say that DA did, for scifi literature, what Monty Python did for comedy and the Sex Pistols for popular music. Have you read anything by Terry Pratchett? He owes his career, and probably also his knighthood, to Adams.

That's a hell of a legacy.
A Trilogy in 5 parts in 1 volume! March 2 2013
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After watching the movie more time than I can count, it was great to finally read the book (actually, I naively expected it to arrive as 3 separate volumes). The author's intro at the beginning is hilarious--don't skip it! If I were rating only the first book (HItchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), I would probably give it 5 stars. However, by the time I got to the end of all five books, some things had gotten beyond the absurd and Arthur's character seemed to lack depth. Still, it is great to read such tongue-in-cheek science fiction. Definitely worth it for reading the first two books. And there are some great one-liners. I do have to admit that I heard Alan Rickman's voice every time Marvin, the robot spoke. What does it say about me that my favorite character was Marvin, the depressed robot?
Universally Spectacular! Oct. 7 2012
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This book is the best book I own. Douglas Adams' perspective of the everyday Arthur Dent, who was sitting in the mud in front of his house in s bath robe several minutes before his misadventures in space, displays his witty, odd humour as well as sticking to it's clear Sci-Fi themes, along side such characters as Ford Prefect, Arthur's alien friend from Betelguese, Tricia Macmillian AKA Trillian, a former Earth woman who Arthur met in an Islington flat party once, and Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed drunken President of the Galaxy.

From the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal to the Babel Fish (Which is definite proof in the NONexistance of God) and everything inbetween, this book will make you laugh, fear, and celebrate, sometimes in the same sentence.

Grab your towels - This is one hell of a ride.
Very funny Oct. 1 2012
By Peter Beard - Published on
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I have come late to this series (I bought the Trilogy of Five)and I'm glad I have because it is very clever and very funny, I usually steer away from science fiction but this is very grounded in human nature.
Hitchhikers Guide Trilogy of 5 July 21 2012
By Mandy Abela - Published on
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Loved reliving old memories and reading about old pals once again, I'd really missed them - cheers to Douglas Adams, gone too soon. :-(