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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: the Trilogy of Four: A Trilogy in Four Parts Paperback – March 8, 2002
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And then there are these great books by Douglas Adams that let you tell all those thinkers to get stuffed, stop taking themselves so seriously and just enjoy life in all its wonders.
For anyone that has travelled, really travelled, who loves life, who really loves life, and enjoys a good laugh, these books are for you. Put Monty Python, The Far Side, David Suzuki, an English dictionary and chocolate (for flavour) into a blender and you have something nasty, but not entirely unlike the humour in these wonderful books.
Dive in. And above all: Don't Panic.
And to see just what a wonderful thinker Douglas Adams actually was, read his posthumous collection "The Salmon of Doubt" which is an excellent and thought provoking (but not in a snooty way) read.
So a little background to start with. The Hitchhiker's series started out as a BBC radio show written by Douglas Adams. The broadcast was so popular that Pan Books commissioned Adams to create a book equivalent (published on the 12th of October, 1979), which immediately became a #1 best seller.
Through the years the media forms increased, through more books, tv series and a couple of films.
And for those wondering, the Hitchhiker's book was named after the 'Hitchhiker's Guide to Europe' that Adams was carrying when backpacking. The idea for the actual series formed when Adams was drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria. He then passed out and forgot about it for 6 years.
There are 6 (again we will go into that later) books in the series:
1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
3. Life, the Universe and Everything
4. So Long and Thanks For All the Fish
5. Mostly Harmless
6. And Another Thing...
Instead of doing individual reviews for each book, I'm going to do a more general review of the series. So let's get into it then.
Our main character is Arthur Dent, who is pretty much your "Average Joe" and is cynical, but has a good heart. He is our vessel of discovery. It is through him that we first view Space and all the crazy things that happen in it. When things are explained to him, we learn through his revelations. He is also amazingly unlucky and never seems to be able to catch a break.
Having Arthur as someone we can relate to is a key element in the series.Read more ›
The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy was the one that started it all for me. I love this series of books with its classic humor and way that Douglas Adams has to describe things. Adams passed before his time and unfortunately the movie didn't live up to the books, but don't let the movie discourage you from trying the books. The books by far are better.
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This is truly one of my favourite book series! SO creative and hilarious in every way! I would highly recommend the book to anyone! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Madison Hanst
I have always loved the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe and this combination of four is terrific. I am so pleased.Published on March 10, 2014 by bluebird
The book was rated in "good" condition, and that proved accurate. this is an awesome 3 book set! great read!Published on February 25, 2014 by Yeoman Johnson
I love british humor and douglas adams does it best ,the book is a riot from cover to cover and would would recommend it.Published on January 21, 2014 by Thomas Kimball
The story is Hilarious. The size is not huge so you can take it with you. It is a nice light read for SciFi fansPublished on January 1, 2014 by Danie R
My new favorite book. Wit, sarcasm, twists, and a bashingly good storyline! A must read for anyone who enjoys these things!Published on December 26, 2013 by Kim Smith
Thought provoking, hilarious intelligent humour that asks as many questions as it answers.
Like the other finest of science fiction written decades ago, sometimes it... Read more