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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754075648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754075646
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,014,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. After Douglas died the movie of Hitchhiker moved out of development hell into the clear uplands of production, using much of Douglas' original script and ideas. Douglas shares the writing credit for the movie with Karey Kirkpatrick.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Losing grip on reality 17 Jun 2004
Anyone who has read and enjoyed the sublime Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is sure to welcome the third book of the series with open arms. At the same time however, they may quite rightly be concerned as to whether the high standard of the earlier books can be matched by Adams' third effort. If at all possible, 'Life, the Universe and Everything' is even more far-fetched than its predecessors. Not that that's a bad thing, of course: "Arthur felt happy. He was terribly pleased that the day was for once working out so much according to plan. Only twenty minutes ago he had decided he would go mad, and now here he was already chasing a Chesterfield sofa across the fields of prehistoric Earth."
As far as the characters are concerned, Arthur - despite having spent five years living as a caveman since we last saw him - remains a blundering fool in a dressing gown. The only difference perhaps is the appearance of a beard, decorated with a rabbit's bone (this, surprisingly, holds some significance as the story progresses). Thrilled to find himself propelled back in time, Arthur has the dubious pleasure of witnessing a cricket match at Lords, and is partly responsibly for the mass-hysteria that ensues. Slartibartfast takes on a larger role in this story, as he leads the intergalactic group around the universe and attempts to thrust his authority upon anyone who will listen.
One of my favourite parts of the book is that describing the alien with a chip on his shoulder: Bitter about the treatment he has received from his fellow space creatures, he makes it his mission to personally insult every living organism in the universe. Arthur's reaction in particular is very amusing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book with amazing humour! 31 July 2000
By A Customer
I loved this book for it's basic simplicity, yet unfathambly complex story. It made a change to the usual space trips of the previouse three books, and i think if it had continued along the same track it could easily have become dull. It wasn't so fast moving but the humour was superb and it still leaves you something to think about to lifes complexities. I just loved Gods final words - a great way to end it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The charge levelled at this book that it is unlike the rest of the Hitch Hikers books is true. It isn't like them much at all. What it retains are the best features; Douglas Adams's fantastically complex yet simple (yes I know it's a complete contradiction) writing and the strong characters that have been built up from Earth's armageddon. His style of embellishment makes you want to read great passages of the book again, partly because you didn't quite understand it the first time you read it, partly because the ideas contained within the writing are thoroughly mind-mangling when first read and deceptively simple when you figure out what the hell is going on, but mostly because the actual language he uses flows around your head like the psychedelic blobs in a lava lamp as they are being poured down a transparent plughole. It (the fourth book in the series) is wonderfully strange, admirably barmy, and surprisingly innovative for sci-fi in bringing in one or two romantic scenes that make you wish you were in them and not next to a sick bucket. This is one of the only books I have read that has made my face try to express confusion, surprise, wonder, and laugh out loud all at the same time. Anyone who complains that it is not exactly the same as "the good old days" of Hitch Hikers has no imagination or soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strained but enjoyable sequel 31 May 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
With the publication of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Douglas Adams had completed his novelisations of the two Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy radio series, and the story had effectively reached it's natural conclusion, with the wrapping up of all the major plot-threads concerning the quest for the Ultimate Question, the destruction of planet Earth, and Zaphod's theft of the Heart of Gold. The series popularity though resulted in Adams bringing out a third Hitchhiker's book, with the main storyline being recycled from an unused Doctor Who storyline he had written called Doctor Who And The Krikkitmen.
As such this novel feels a little strained at times in bringing all the original Hitchhiker's cast back for a third outing, with Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect's idyllic prehistoric life at the end of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe transformed into a nightmare they can be rescued from, and Marvin having his death in the previous book undone. By far the biggest change though is Slartifartbast, who has changed from an eccentric planet designer into the main plot-driver of the book, essentially taking over the Doctor's role as would be saviour of the universe and guardian of the timelines, with his new background in the Campaign For Real Time replacing the role of Doctor Who's Time Lords.
However, the odd strained moments are more than offset but the typically brilliant concepts on display - including the Hitchhiker's art of flying by throwing oneself at the ground and missing, Slartifartbast's Bistromathematical spaceship, and the re-acquaintance of the sentient bowl of petunias from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy that results in Arthur Dent glimpsing his own future.
Not quite up to the standard of the first two books in the series, Life, the Universe and Everything is nevertheless clever enough and funny enough to be essential for fans of the earlier novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 42
Douglas Adams at his imperial best. I discover something new every time I read it. Peerless and a pure genius.
Published 1 month ago by Si
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading
I enjoyed reading this book as much as I did with Guides 1 & 2..
This has prompted me to purchase Guide 4. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mila
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Douglas Adams must have had a brain the size of a planet- just like marvin his paranoid android. Because his books were just so clever on many fronts. And yet easy to read as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by michael crawshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Read a few times. The more I read the stores, the more I think Adams was a genius. If you think about work and every day situations, the quirky aliens remind more of real life... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. J. Conroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read.
Another funny, clever, interesting, quirky, thought provoking read from Douglas Adams. A must read if you've read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Published 6 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
perfect for both adults and kids, would recommend to anyone who likes a good comedy. love douglas adams writing style.
Published 8 months ago by By Me
4.0 out of 5 stars What's there to say?
It is indeed a bit of a departure from the previous books, but absolutely not in a bad way. It's well written as always and the humour still shines.
Published 8 months ago by MmcK
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but beautiful
People do find this book, So Long, (the 4th book in the trilogy) different from the first two books which everyone seems to have read. But it is a good difference! Read more
Published 9 months ago by D Major
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
Great book by awesome author, recommend by all means
Go to hell amazon with the stupid minimum word limit system
Published 9 months ago by Martin Holeysovskı
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing
I enjoyed the first two books, but felt this one was a let down. I did not find it as amusing as the other books and I also found it difficult to follow the plot. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Martensgirl
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