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The Salmon of Doubt (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2005
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“Worth reading and even cherishing, if only because it’s the last we’ll hear from the master of comic science fiction.”—The Star-Ledger
“You are on the verge of entering the wise, provoking, benevolent, hilarious, and addictive world of Douglas Adams. Don’t bolt it all whole—as with Douglas’s beloved Japanese food, what seems light and easy to assimilate is subtler and more nutritious by far than it might at first appear.”—Stephen Fry, author of The Liar and Making History: A Novel
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In a way that none of his previous books could, "The Salmon of Doubt provides the full, dazzling, laugh-out-loud experience of a journey through the galaxy as perceived by Douglas Adams. From a boy's first love letter (to his favorite science fiction magazine) to the distinction of possessing a nose of heroic proportions; from climbing Kilimanjaro in a rhino costume to explaining why Americans can't make a decent cup of tea; from lyrical tributes to the sublime pleasures found in music by Procol Harum, the Beatles, and Bach to the follies of his hopeless infatuation with technology; from fantastic, fictional forays into the private life of Genghis Khan to extended visits with Dirk Gently and Zaphod Beeblebrox: this is the vista from the elevated perch of one of the tallest, funniest, most brilliant, and most penetrating social critics and thinkers of our time.
Welcome to the wonderful mind of Douglas Adams.
"From the Hardcover edition.
- Publisher : Del Rey; Reprint edition (April 26, 2005)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 292 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345455290
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345455291
- Lexile measure : 1120L
- Item Weight : 5.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.11 x 0.87 x 6.84 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #251,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book collects fugitive pieces, interviews, and the remnants of his final, incomplete novel, The Salmon of Doubt. All the pieces are wonderful, and the Salmon of Doubt has a certain poignance.
Adams, a world-class procrastinator (worse even than Duke Ellington), worked for years to produce roughly 70-80 pages of a Dirk Gently novel. Before his early death in a gym during his regular workout at age 49 (an irony he might have appreciated), he wasn't sure that the novel was right for Dirk Gently and entertained the idea of revising it as a sixth Hitchiker's book, adding several more years that he didn't have to the project. The fragment, however, is wonderful in its own right and includes a Siamese cat that is half-missing (reminds me a bit of Schrödinger's cat, there and not-there simultaneously), and a mysterious client whom Dirk has never met, seen, or consulted with, and whose existence is revealed only by Dirk's bank balance. There are other absurdities, all presumably connected, but we'll never know how. Nevertheless, Adams masterfully plants the sense that the wildly disparate events are indeed connected. The novel ends, necessarily, abruptly, in the middle of confusion, and I felt as if yanked back from an abyss, as well as disappointed at never knowing how the plot would have resolved (or not), and sad that Adams died way too early, not only for his friends and family, but for me and perhaps you.
the hard drive of the late Doug Adams computer. I am a huge fan of the "Hitchikers Guide ..." series, but now I am even more of a Doug Adams fan for the writer himself. This book lets the reader experience Adams on a much more intimate basis than what one might glean from a book jacket writers profile. It is curated/edited/prefaced by Adam's friends who offer even more insight into the interesting idiosyncratic life and habits of the man who brought us the total destruction of the earth to make room for a Hyper-space bypass.
Sadly we will never know what happens, but what we do have is a series of tales about Mr. Adams, who sadly died of a heart attack at 49. Like Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Oscar Wilde, we can only imagine and long for what they may have done if there was more time, and love and enjoy what they have given us.
Losing Adams was sad. He (probably) had quite a lot more to say. In <i>The Salmon Of Doubt</i> his friends went through his drawers and shoeboxes (well, his computer files, actually) and collected all the yet-to-published thoughts and musings, and added their own personal tributes to their friend.
In a way, Adams lives. In the hearts and minds of those who respected, admired, and loved him. We should all hope for such and ending.