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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Paperback – 2002


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345453743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345453747
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. George on May 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
When you've just finished a book that's as thick & heavy as a dictionary, it is all too tempting to write pages and pages in review of it. However, I will spare you as much as I can.
The basic premise of the novels is that Ford Prefect is a hitchhiker and writer for "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." He hitches rides all around space, writes up his experiences and sends them in to his editors. As the novel opens up, it's roughly 1980 in England, and he's been stuck on Earth for 15 years because Earth (as we know) has not really made contact with other planets and so he can't find a ride out of there (here). In that time, he has made friends with Arthur Dent, one of the absolutely most endearing characters I've ever come across in literature (even more than a Hobbit).
When we first meet Dent, he thinks his greatest battle for the day will be to lie in front of the bulldozers which want to knock down his house. Little does he know that Earth is also about to be knocked over (obliterated really) for a hyper-space by-pass. Prefect, however, catches on and rescues Dent at the very last minute...Whether or not this was a good thing is up to the reader to decide.
While Adams shows his literal genius for comedic timing and absurd humor within the bounds of Earth at the beginning, once he is freed of all constraints his writing style blazes with unique talent. Every page is so filled with parody, dry wit, perfect timing, and mind-boggling fictitious science that it leaves you laughing aloud and reeling at the same time. I realize that his humor is not for everyone...but for anyone who enjoys satire and for anyone who is frustrated with the insanity of life, this book brings the proverbial comic relief.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WryGrin on Oct. 31 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great stories, and I was very, very happy to find this book for such a good price! It's a huge book physically, but not that awkward to read, especially considering it's actually five books disguised as one...

Very pretty with its gold lettered cover and gold-edged pages adding up to a pseudo-sophisticated presentation, it's fun to read in public... a very nice, but "extremely religious" lady came up to me at a cafe and praised me for reading the bible... I didn't have the heart to tell her it was a very different kind of guide book lol.

Wonderful to get if you like Douglas Adams' work, or want a (very) solid dose of British humour, or just want to be one of the ones counted as knowing precisely where your towel is ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "dick_hille" on June 26 2002
Format: Hardcover
This heading may seem strange, but the book is even stranger. I ques the introduction by Douglas says it all. The whole idea is simple and straightforward: "What if there would be a book like France for 2 dollars a day, that would guide you trough the univers.
This book tells you just that and also makes a point about the fact that the univers is a stranger place then you or I could ever imagine.
Time travel, travel at the speed of chance, travel to all kinds of strange places, like the place, where the universe stops to exist. All is possible in this book, including a manicaly depressed robot with a brain the size of a planet, who eventualy lives about 7 times longer as the univers exists.
Yes this book is strange and it makes you wonder about reality. Science fiction without the ussual batles and wars. Not that the universe is peacefull, but you just happen to stumble past all the big problems and live with the huge problems a person can have.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark-David McCool on Sept. 23 2002
Format: Hardcover
Want to take a ride into the mysteries of life, the universe, and everything?
Join our grand group of space hikers(arthur dent the earthling, marvin the robot, fernchurch the earthling, zaphod beetlebrox president of the galaxy, and his cousin Ford Prefect)
as they ecounter anwers to the life the universe and everything.
This book is a collection of the works of Douglas Adams written originally for BBC radio.
Many things that are answered in this volume of work include
Why 42 is the most important number you need to know.
Milliways and what kind of shows they offer with dinner.
Where the dolphins went
How you can fly(not in an airplane or space craft that is)
Improbablity drives
Kritkrit and they're problem
Who really controls the universe
and many many more things that will keep you spell bound for years to come.
Join a select group of people that have experienced
The hitch hikers guide to the galaxy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "manley_books" on March 1 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you are an Adams fan then this is for you, My copies of the 5 books are all in a rotten state after years of reading and rereading, and I wanteed a tome to keep. Apart from the additional Zaphod story I will not read this for many years. i know it verbatim. Those raised on Pratchett and Rankin might find Adams' humour a little dated to be fair, but he was first and he cannot be replaced.
Cleverer than Pratchett and nowhere near as predictable, Adams seems to start at the beginning and then just bimble along through the narrative, but previous issues reemerge to show that the first three books, at least, were all part of a masterplan.
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