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The Hitchhiker Trilogy [Paperback]

Douglas Adams
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23 Oct 1992

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very very very large and startling place.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

When all questions of space, time, matter adn the nature of being have been resolved, only one question remains - 'Where shall we have dinner?' The Restaurant at the End of the Universe provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about.

Life, the Universe and Everything

In consequence of a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot possibly get any worse, they suddenly do. He discovers that the Galaxy is not only mind-boggling big and bewildering but also that most of the things that happen in it are staggeringly unfair.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Just as Arthur Dent's sense of reality is in its dickiest state he suddenly finds the girl of his dreams. He finds her in the last place in the Universe in which he would expect to find anything at all, but which 3,976,000 people will find oddly familiar. They go in search of God's Final Message to His Creation and, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it.


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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (23 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330354256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330316118
  • ASIN: 0330316117
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,378 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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About the Author

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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 42! 2 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
What more can you say about HHGTTG. A classic in its many forms (book, radio show, tv series). Surreal, witty, satirical and highly influential. Try logging on to any internet site as Arthur Dent, Slartibartfast or Zaphod, someone got there first.
How can one man have so many original and brilliant ideas, its not fair! Read it in small doses you'll laugh till you have a pain in all the diodes down your left hand side.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
You know, I can never really express what is the very special thing about this book. But it totally changed my way of looking at life. Imagine reading a book that makes you laugh throughout the whole story and at the end you suddenly stop laughing and say, "Ship, why am I laughing, this is LIFE." And then you take an aspirin because your stomach really hurts. Well, that's just a minute part of the positive experiences you get reading this book. And then you are never the same again. Nothing looks bad enough not to be laughed at. I would give anything to be able to read this book for the first time once again. Thank you, Douglas Adams, for finally persuading me that life, as I have always suspected, is nothing serious, indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? Amazing. 17 Jun 2005
Format:Paperback
Even if you haven't read these books, you've probably heard about them. There can't be many native English speaking adults who haven't heard of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, or who don't know the Answer to the ULTIMTE QUESTION OF LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING. I think this is probably something that puts people off reading these books, as they are heavily quoted by people who are often less funny than they imagine.
I love this book. I must have nearly memorised it by now. There is just something about the way that the luckless yet stoic Arthur Dent falls into ever more ridiculous and hilarious situations. Every time he thinks that he has a handle on things, something comes along to change it. Then, just when he thinks that it can't get any weirder, it doesn't. It all stops, and everything goes back to normal. Probably just to annoy Arthur.
This whole book, in fact, reads just like the account of an ordinary human who the Universe has decided to play practical jokes on. Douglas Adams' universe is a bizarre place with a thoroughly twisted sense of humour.
This book is highly recommended for anyone who has a sense of humour that goes beyond fart jokes and people falling downstairs. I'd say people of age 14 and up will get most out of it, but younger people could still get a lot of enjoyment from this even if they don't get all the jokes. There are several sexual references in it, but nothing explicit.
If you have the abovementioned sense of humour I'd advise reading this unique trilogy. Even if you don't like Science Fiction. Even if you're sick of people you don't like insisting that you HAVE to read it. It really is that funny. Probably most people will find something in it that will make them laugh until they cry... I know I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Trilogy Of Four... 15 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
When I first heard of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, I was under the impression that it was a vastly inaccessible universe that only true Sci-Fi loving readers could cling to. I was, however, 12 years old and the source of introduction was a friend who had only heard the radio show.
Years had gone by, and I found myself looking for a book to read, to see me through a 12 hour flight (not being a lover of Transatlantic In-Flight programming, I needed something to hold my interest). And there it was - The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Trilogy Of Four. What better way to begin my journey into the fantastical world of Douglas Adams masterpiece, than by reading the first 4 HG2G novels in one, giant omnibus.
When it comes to reading, I'm one of those people who knows if they're going to be able to finish a book within the first few chapters, and boy did I know...
I spent the first week of my holiday in Florida, drawn into this hilariously, mind-bending odyssey and soon enough I was nearing the end of the 4th novel, "So Long
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So long, and thanks for all the laughs 10 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having read the series for the third time, I find new things that make me laugh. Adams' often dark and subtle humour makes a welcome change to the 'in-your-face' writing available at the moment. He was an author who combined intelligence and humour in an amazing way.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master 17 Aug 2001
Format:Paperback
Science fiction, despite what the sci-fi nerds will tell you, is nothing to do with visions of the future. Sci-fi is a stage where tales relevant to modern life are told free from the shackles of political correctness.
Douglas Adams expertly uses fictional characters in comedic situations to highlight our everyday eccentricities, absurdities and neuroses; making the reader look at all that is important in their life and ask 'in the great scheme of things, is any of this relevant at all?'.
The Hitch Hiker's series the the product of a unique talent the like of which will never be seen again. The jokes, many of which are cocooned in subtlety, prove again and again that there is many a true word spoken in jest. However many times you read these stories, you'll always find something you missed before. Perhaps the story really is being regularly updated via the sub-ether net...
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's what i expected
Like i said it's what i expected, the book is a little older than i thought (the pages are yellowish)
Published 5 months ago by lula
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont Panic - just buy it!
I swallowed this book(s) in one long manic readsession.
Couldn't stop.
Monty Phytonish humour.
Free running fantasy.
Other books by Douglas Adams are nice too.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This series of books is one of the best and once you get started you will find it hard to put down. I would have preferred individual books and not one large one as this is, but at... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Buyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The first book whose title is the most famous was originally published in 1970, the following three books in the early 1980's. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Booketta
2.0 out of 5 stars not my cup of tea
I've heard some good things about this book and as it is mentioned in lot of lists of all time best books I started to read with huge expectations. Read more
Published 15 months ago by laros76
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
My favorite book of all time. Nice to have them all together in a good paper back edition to. Very funny.
Published 17 months ago by Mark Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ze Best
Came really quickly, the books are great. One of the best items I've ever brought on here. Thanks to all the guys who sorted it out.
Published 20 months ago by Arther Dent
4.0 out of 5 stars Tenacious Vogons, Time Travel and the Search for a Good Cup of Tea
I'm going to warn you all now- this is going to be an immensely long review. There are 6 (or 5-we'll get to that later) books after all. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Georgia
4.0 out of 5 stars A guide to the guide.
Great Product, but the company I initially bought it from here never sent it to me. I want my guide... Without it, how will I know what towel to bring on my travels with me? Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by Charlotte R Monk
5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Bird on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy in four parts...
Groundbreaking! There's nothing more I can add. Read over and over, always a joy to read. Ten out of ten and it's so sad that I can't ask for 'more please.'
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by JanBird&DebMeades
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