The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Four

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Four

by Douglas Adams



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ISBN-13: 9780330492041
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 03/26/2002
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series
Pages: 765
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy—which yielded the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything¿42. Hitchhiker's Guide originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books. Adams also wrote Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, in addition to three stories for the TV show Doctor Who.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy The Trilogy of Four 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bdamokos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read this book many a time, and it has never failed me. I bought my copy on the day of the second 7/7 bombings in London, and after the things calmed down I read it as fast as I possibly could.I became a fan instantly. I believe everyone should read at least the first book to have the chance to enjoy such witty phrases as in "the ships hang in the air exactly as bricks don't" (not word-by-word quote) and to learn the significance of a towel or the number 42.
Neale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A trilogy in four parts - its took four parts to get all the jokes in. The first two are brilliant the second two just great. A great read. The BBC TV serie was wonderful and captured the tone of the books so well. Its a pity we didn't learn more about the the dolphins in the last book.
kevinashley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought I had read all of these as they came out, as well as listened to the radio series at the time, but over the years I've lost all the individual books, so was glad to buy this combined volume. I've been reading this on and off for about six months; I saved the final book until an opportune moment. I thought it would all be re-reading, but much of "So Long..." seemed entirely new to me - if I have read it before my memory has completely failed me. It was all magically entertaining and so, so easy to read and yet so full of ideas. A treasure. And now I realise I don't have a copy of "Mostly Harmless" and need to acquire one forthwith.
Intemerata on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Re-reading these all in one go made me realise how much better the first book is than the other three. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is an absolute modern classic, and So Long And Thanks For All The Fish is great as well, but I found the other two rather more hit-or-miss this time round. This omnibus edition has a distracting number of typos in it - I don't know whether the same's true of the individually published books, but this one certainly needs a good copy-edit.
the.ken.petersen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Re-reading this book twenty plus years after first reading its component parts, made me realize several things; firstly, how much better the radio series was when compared to the books. It is also very apparent that books two and, particularly three, were written with more concern for fiscal recompense than artistic merit.Hitchhiker's was the first si-fi comedy, of which I am aware, that was genuinely funny and I would be the last to try to diminish its place in history but, I do wonder if it became a bit of an albatross to Adams. He did seem to spend most of his life enmeshed in HHG2G and only towards the end did he produce anything really worthy of being a follow up to the original hitchhiker's, in the form of, Last Chance to See.I would like to have seen Adams write more outside of the science fiction genre. His strength is the way he sees things, slightly differently to the rest of us. The joke aboard the Vogon ship about space travel being like drinking a glass of water, sums up his askance view of the world but, his ideas of the future are not that sharp. At one stage, we have Arthur playing a record which is typical of a lack of futuristic thought.I had this book labelled as a five star read, based upon my initial enthusiasm for the story. Upon re-reading, this has been downwardly revised to three and a half: worth reading, but listening to it would be better.