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The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

Pan Macmillan Uk | September 1, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.

Thirty years of celebrating the comic genius of Douglas Adamsâ¦

On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity â The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy.

It''s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he''s an alien. At this moment, they''re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON''T PANIC.

The weekend has only just begunâ¦

Volume one in the trilogy of five

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.88 × 5.25 × 0.58 in

Published: September 1, 2009

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0330508539

ISBN - 13: 9780330508537

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witty and laugh-out-loud funny I first read this book (and the following books in the "trilogy") when I was in high school, and I was blown away by how much I enjoyed them. Douglas Adams had a knack for capturing the absurdity of humanity and writing about how weird the universe can be. It was initially a radio broadcast story, but Douglas Adams adapted it to other formats, including the novel. Eventually, a television miniseries was produced, and well after Adams died, a movie was made (starring Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Fry, and Bill Nighy). Hitchhiker's Guide has become something of a classic, especially among British comedy fans and science fiction fans. It never takes itself too seriously, and while it takes place all over the universe (in the future, on other planets, on prehistoric Earth, and even at the very end of the universe), it always feels remarkably familiar. You can relate to the characters, even if the characters are aliens from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse. Hitchhiker's Guide and its subsequent books have earned their spot as classics in the world of modern English fiction. If people I know haven't yet read these books, I'm inclined to thrust my beaten-up copy in their general direction and urge them to read it as soon as possible.
Date published: 2011-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams was originally written for radio and later published as a trilogy of five books, with a recent sixth book written by Eoin Colfer published in 2009. The book follows Arthur Dent an Englishman whose life has been saved by an alien named Ford Prefect. Ford and Arthur hitchhike onto an alien spaceship just before earth is destroyed. On the ship is a paranoid depressed android named Marvin, another human named Trillian and the owner or stealer of the spaceship who has two heads named Zaphod. The stolen spaceship is "The Heart of Gold" and it is able to make improbable things happen. The assorted crew head out in search of a legendary planet named Magrathea and to find the answer to the "Ultimate Question". I have read this book twice and I must admit that the first time I had troubles understanding everything, but the second time I actually enjoyed it and found it humorous. I love all the random things that happen in the book, especially the part where a black hole opens up next to Arthur and carries his voice to another part of space where a war results from what Arthur said. Very imaginative and random thinking is the mainstay of this book.
Date published: 2010-01-11

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The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.88 × 5.25 × 0.58 in

Published: September 1, 2009

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0330508539

ISBN - 13: 9780330508537

From the Publisher

Thirty years of celebrating the comic genius of Douglas Adamsâ¦

On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity â The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy.

It''s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he''s an alien. At this moment, they''re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON''T PANIC.

The weekend has only just begunâ¦

Volume one in the trilogy of five

About the Author

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptation, comic book and bath towel.

The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy''s book was published 30 years ago on 12 October 1979 and its phenomenal success sent the book straight to Number One in the UK Bestseller List. In 1984 Douglas Adams became the youngest author to be awarded a Golden Pan. His series has sold over 15 million books in the UK, the US and Australia and was also a best seller in German, Swedish and many other languages.

Douglas lived with his wife and daughter in California, where he died suddenly in 2001.

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