Developer42

2009-10-18

The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts

Filed under: Books, Comedy, Culture, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — Developer42 @ 18:18

Publisher(s): William Heinemann Ltd
Author(s): Douglas Adams
ISBN: 978-0434003488
0434003484
Link: Amazon; Google Books


The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a modern classic. Many of you will have predicted that I’m a fan of Douglas Adam’s work from my blog title (42 is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, according to a supercomputer built with the specific task of answering the ultimate question). The story follows a man called Arthur Dent, a normal, suburbanite man who unknowingly befriends an alien on earth to write a report for a guide for hitch hikers. Adams creates a number of comedic situations stemming from ideas in science, philosophy and religion, as well as observations from real life (e.g. bistromathics; a branch of mathematics based on the missing amount after a restaurant bill has been equally split and everyone has paid). There are five books in this series, all building on the previous ideas, but without much planning as to how it’s all going to end. As a result, the books get darker and weirder in an effort to bring all of the plot lines to a satisfactory close, and here, the end of the series holds a few unexpected surprises. This has been my favourite book for a number of years, and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in science, technology and comedy.

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2 Comments »

  1. One small niggle: 42 is not “the meaning of life, the universe and everything” but “the answer to life the universe and everything”. The whole joke hinges on the fact that a clear question has not been defined.

    Comment by Tom Bell — 2014-02-16 @ 16:09


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