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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Four: A Trilogy in Four Parts Paperback – 8 Mar 2002


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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (8 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330492047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330492041
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,813 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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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhikers 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 1999
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. M. Spillett on 17 Aug. 2001
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun. 2000
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug. 2001
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kristin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2013
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Douglas Adams was a perfectionist - the main reason why the films, TV series, books and audio books are all different is him consistently trying to improve and change them all the time. Dont assume you know the story beyond the first bit if you have only known one format.

Its the classic plot of someone being uprooted without wanting to be, and then having no choice but to follow a slightly mad friend who wasnt who he thought he was at all, with no money, and even worse, no cups of tea to keep him going! These books make a satire of most of life - taking a good swipe at politics (if you dont vote for the lizards, then the wrong lizard might get in), religion (God giving away his existance and disappearing in a puff of logic) relationships (his perfect woman ran off at the party with a guy with two heads) friendship (no he wasnt from basingstoke after all, but a small planet somewhere in the vicinty of Beetlegeuse) and pretty much everything else between.

I know of very few people who havent loved the first of these books, once they put aside their prejudices towards fantasy, and then wanted to go straight onto the other books. This is an excellent way of buying them all economically, and dont worry, sadly there wont be any more books by him to extend the increasingly inaccurately named trilogy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Neil T. B. Smith on 8 Dec. 2012
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To all Hitchhikers fans great value to carry round on your kindle and for those who have not ventured into the world of Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect , great value to start you on there adventure , once read your read it again
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "ruth12271" on 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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