The Hitchhikers Trilogy (Hitchhikers Guide, #1-5) By Douglas Adams

    Douglas Adams ò 5 review

    * The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    * The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
    * Life, the Universe and Everything
    * So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish
    * Mostly Harmless

    Suppose a good friend calmly told you over a round of drinks that the world was about to end? And suppose your friend went on to confess that he wasn't from around here at all, but rather from a small planet near Betelgeuse? And what if the world really did come to an end, but instead of being blown away, you found yourself hitching a ride on a spaceship with your buddy as a traveling companion?

    It happens to Arthur Dent.

    An ordinary guy from a small town in England, Arthur is one lucky sonofagun: his alien friend, Ford Prefect, is in fact a roving researcher for the universally bestselling Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ... and expert at seeing the cosmos on 30 Altairian dollars a day. Ford lives by the Guide's seminal bit of advice: Don't Panic. Which comes in handy when their first ride--on the very same vessel that demolished Earth to make way for a hyperspacial freeway--ends disastrously (they are booted out of an airlock). with 30 seconds of air in their lungs and the odd of being picked up by another ship 2^276,709 to 1 against, the pair are scooped up by the only ship in the universe powered by the Infinite Improbability Drive.

    But this (and the idea that Bogart movies and McDonald's hamburgers now exist only in his mind) is just the beginning of the weird things Arthur will have to get used to. For, on his travels, he'll encounter Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-President of the Galaxy; Trillian, a sexy spacecadet he once tried to pick up at a cocktail party, now Zaphod's girlfriend; Marvin, a chronically depressed robot; and Slartibartfast, the award-winning engineer who built the Earth and travels in a spaceship disguised as a bistro.

    Arthur's crazed wanderings will take him from the restaurant at the end of the Universe (where the main dish of the day introduces itself and the floor show is doomsday), to the planet Krikkit (locked in Slo-Time to punish its inhabitants for trying to end the Universe), to Earth (huh? wait! wasn't it destroyed?!) to the very offices of The Hitchhiker's Guide itself as he and his friends quest for the answer to the Question of Life, the Universe and Everything ... and search for a really good cup of tea.

    Ready or not, Arthur Dent is in for one hell of a ride! The Hitchhikers Trilogy (Hitchhikers Guide, #1-5)

    Just brilliant!
    So clever and original and funny!
    Sorry I did not read this when I was a teenager as
    only now I realise why all my friends were talking about it!

    0739410121 The first two are fantastic in the literal and colloquial senses. The remainder are only weak in comparison to what went before. So many wonderful concepts and phrases:

    Vogon ships hung in the sky in exactly the way bricks don't; the Hooloovoo; the old man who said nothing was true but was later found to be lying; spend a year dead for tax reasons; meat bred to want to be eaten; the knack of learning to fly is to throw yourself at the ground and miss (I think Buzz Lightyear borrowed that); Aggressively uninterested; Slartibartfast; One of the least benightedly unintelligent organic lifeforms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not be able to avoid meeting (I think Boris adapted that one); it makes as much sense as the sea being parallel; the future is just the same old stuff in faster cars and smellier air; the sun was quite bright but the day was hazy and vague.

    Hitchhiker's Place in My Life

    (This section was added after an epiphany, which prompted me to make my reviews more personal.)

    These have a strong hold on my heart, having enjoyed them in different forms at different stages in my life.

    My first encounters were in my final years of boarding school: I heard much of the original BBC radio series and loved them. I read the books as soon as they came out, saw the TV series (mostly the same cast as the radio) and saw a stage version that was the funniest and most anarchic thing I'd ever seen in a theatre. They remained deeply ingrained in my mind, closely entwined with fond memories of school; I reread them occasionally. Then a film version came out; it wasn't as good, but opened the door of the books to my son, so I enjoyed them in a new way, followed, a few years later, by a new stage version, by which time my son was a young adult, and enjoying it at a new level.

    The Answer is 42
    Of course, 6 x 9 is NOT 42... except in base 13.
    But Adams claims not to have known that.

    Reviews of Books in the series
    Brief summary and favourite quotes from each of the five books, as follows:

    Hitchhiker's Guide (vol 1):

    Restaurant at the End of Universe (vol 2):

    Life, the Universe and Everything (vol 3):

    So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish (vol 4):

    Mostly Harmless (vol 5):

    And Another Thing...(Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #6), by Eoin Colfer : 0739410121 This mammoth of a book was a hell of an undertaking. After being harassed into reading it for 2.5 years, I have to say I am glad I did it, but gladder it's over and I can now read something I truly want to...and something not set somewhere along the space/time continuum.

    I found there to be constant peaks and troughs, some chapters or parts were brilliant and others were laborious to get through (I did have some significant and glorious naps while I read this!), and every time I thought I would just give it up it got better again. Then when I noticed how much into it I was, it dipped and was simply ridiculous to the point of annoying me and toying with the idea of throwing it out the window or at the tv.

    Everyone goes on about how genius it is, the humour, the imagination, the non-sequitors etc., but it seemed full of nonsense in some bits and almost as if Adams had no mental filter, thus resulting in verbal diarrhoea. Some parts are quite humorous but it rapidly descends into silliness and after about 300 pages of this roller coaster, it is soul-destroying. As soon as I've reached this conclusion it gets much better and I feel like I've been too harsh and my interest is maintained for 60 pages only to be thrown about again for another 40.

    I can see how the Hitch Hiker's Guide can be so absolutely loved by many, but in all sincerity it is not my cup of tea.
    0739410121 Parlare di Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti mi crea seri problemi. Già non mi sembra mai appropriato quando parlo di “recensioni” perché quello che scrivo non mi sembra mai una recensione, ma semplicemente l’insieme dei miei pensieri su quello che leggo, figuriamoci quando dovrei parlare di un libro come questo.

    Bisognerebbe probabilmente procedere per gradi. Iniziamo quindi dalla trama. Semplice no? No, con Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti nemmeno la trama è semplice. Diciamo che tutto parte dalla Terra che sta per essere distrutta dai vogon. A questo punto iniziano le avventure di Arthur Dent e Ford Prefect (che non è affatto perfect…).

    Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti è una trilogia composta in cinque parti. E se vi sembro pazza nel dire ciò, sappiate che non lo sono. Oddio, magari un po’ sì, ma in questo caso non c’entro, ha fatto tutto Douglas Adams.

    Cos’è quindi Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti? Sicuramente un classico, un libro bizzarro, stravagante e delirante, un libro divertente, non sempre a mio avviso, ma spesso sì, soprattutto all’inizio.

    Un libro nato in realtà come un programma radiofonico, e che di sicuro non doveva essere così lungo.

    Un libro che dopo poche righe dall’inizio ti porta a dire ogni 42 secondi: “Ma che ca**o?”

    Un libro che ti fa pensare: “Ma perché non ho mai scritto una cosa del genere? Bisogna essere geniali!”

    O ancora: “Dov’è il mio asciugamano?”

    Ah, stavamo dicendo, una trilogia in cinque parti. Ebbene sì, in realtà solo il primo volume si intitola Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti; poi abbiamo Ristorante al termine dell’universo; La vita, l’universo e tutto quanto; Addio, e grazie per tutto il pesce; Praticamente innocuo. A questo punto si potrebbe pensare che basta, non ci siano altri volumi. E invece no, possiamo dire che è una trilogia in cinque parti più uno visto che dopo Praticamente innocuo si trova Sicuro, sicurissimo, perfettamente sicuro.

    Siete confusi?

    Ecco, immaginate quanto potete essere confusi se leggete Guida galattica.

    Di questi cinque volumi i primi due mi hanno fatta morire dal ridere, continuavo a scrollare la testa pensando che Douglas Adams fosse stato un genio fotonico e a leggere ad alta voce alcuni pezzi al mio compagno per farlo ridere assieme a me.

    Diciamo che lui non ha il mio stesso umorismo demenziale.

    Considerate che mi sono ritrovata a ridere come una pazza con le lacrime agli occhi nel momento in cui ho letto due semplici parole: dio fotone.

    Se non ridete è perché in questo momento non è una frase contestualizzata.

    Non sono pazza.


    Stavo dicendo. Primi due volumi top del top. Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti rischiava di diventare uno dei miei libri preferiti se andava avanti così. Ma non è andata avanti così.

    Il terzo volume, La vita, l’universo e tutto quanto, mi ha annoiata terribilmente.

    Col quarto la storia si è ripresa, e con l’ultimo il livello è stato quasi al pari dei primi due volumi (imbattibili però a mio avviso).

    Potrei soffermarmi anche sui personaggi, ma non lo voglio fare perché non voglio tentare di spiegare nulla su questo libro. Credo che Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti vada scoperto un po’ alla volta per lasciare libero sfogo all’immaginazione, alle stranezze, alla bizzarria, alle stravaganze con cui verrete travolti grazie a un autore che è riuscito a dare nuova vita alla fantascienza.

    Io ho letto questo libro nel nuovo formato della Mondadori nella collana Oscar Draghi che è in realtà un’edizione double face. Infatti, se il libro viene capovolto e girato, dall’altro lato troverete Niente Panico di Neil Gaiman, una guida terrestre per i lettori di Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti.

    Gaiman è un grande fan di Douglas Adams ed è stato la persona che ha fatto con lui più interviste. All’interno di Niente Panico si scoprono la vita e le opere di Adams, con moltissimi stralci di interviste. È una sorta di saggio sulla Guida, molto interessante per i fan di Adams e per gli appassionati di quest’opera. Personalmente ho scoperto molte cose interessanti di cui ero all’oscuro, ma a volte l’ho trovato pesante da seguire, e infatti lo consiglio solo a chi vuole addentrarsi a fondo su questo autore e sulla sua opera più famosa.

    L’edizione è molto curata; la copertina rigida ha colori spettacolari, le pagine esteriormente sono colorate di un blu avio/antracite. Ho notato diversi refusi, ma su un libro che conta più di mille pagine probabilmente è anche normale trovare alcuni errori. È un’edizione da avere se non avete mai letto Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti e volete farlo o anche se l’avete già letta e siete dei grandi fan perché insomma, è indubbiamente un’edizione da collezione!

    «Ho fatto qualcosa di male oggi» domandò «o il mondo è sempre stato così e io ero troppo rinchiuso in me stesso per accorgermene?» 0739410121 Nakon skoro 20 godina od prvog citanja, ova knjiga je i dalje - fenomenalna!!!
    Sve preporuke, pogotovo je vredi citati u ovim tuznim, hladnim danima...

    Srecna Vam nova godina!!! 0739410121

    I want to write shortly about the philosophical merit of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

    All western philosophy emerged and developed within the logocentric tradition. Two axioms define this tradition. 1. A thing cannot both be and not be at the same time (a v -a). 2. A thing is always identical with itself (a=a). It is impossible for humans to think about the world in a way that makes sense without these two axioms. But that does not make them necessarily true. These are the limits of human capacity, but a truly infinite universe does not adhere to such limitations. In an infinite universe there is infinite absurdity. The Hitch-Hiker's Guide thus proposes to us there may not be a universal logos which determines all things, and that would explain quite a lot. 0739410121 When I was little my Dad used to recite an unusual poem every so often. I don't remember why, but I do remember it gave my brother and I the giggles. It concerned a person who felt no one liked him, and he decided to go eat worms. I'll spare you the entire piece, the important part is the following:

    The first one was easy,
    The second was squeezy.
    The third got stuck in my throat.

    So why is that important? Because I'm afraid that was my reaction to this omnibus edition of the five books in The Hitchhiker's Trilogy.

    I liked The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy a lot. Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect were caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, but due to more than a few amazing coincidences they survived the destruction of planet Earth, and with the help of The Guide they set off to see what they would be able to do with themselves next.

    I laughed, I congratulated myself on having just bought a brand new towel, and I wondered if perhaps during my long-ago first reading this was where I picked up my fondness for the number 42. I also sent out telepathic apologies for all the mice I have squished over the years.

    The next book, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe, was still entertaining, but I had the feeling that Adams was trying too hard to be clever here, and those strange yet wonderful coincidences began to appear too regularly. I did not like this one nearly as much as I expected too, but I still wanted to see what Ford and Arthur would do next, so I kept going.

    I got stuck with Life, The Universe And Everything. Same reasons as I just mentioned and on top of that the characters were all separated at one point so we had to start jumping not only through time and space but from point of view to someone else's point of view and that Trying Too Hard thing showed up even more as well. I started to skim. Never a good sign.

    I kept skimming, never really paying enough attention to find out what happened to our daring duo, and I must admit I don't really care any more. I have at least 42 other books I want to read so I'm throwing in the towel on this one. 0739410121 I read this book to understand a guy I liked. It's funny cuz it's true. And now that I don't like the guy, the book is not as interesting as it once tried to be in my life. 0739410121 Nog een mop? Nog een mop. Na 800 pagina's had ik er echt genoeg van. Wel meestal goeie moppen. 0739410121 The first book was brilliant. Loved the sarcastic and silly tone to it. Arthur is a really good character to showcase how humans can find anything outside their own world totally incomprehensible! Ford Prefect also provided so much comedy with him trying to explain things to Arthur. Especially as Ford had no concept of sarcasm!

    The second book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe to be honest lost me a bit. I was glad the characters I loved from the first book were still in it, like my favourite, Marvin the Paranoid Android, and the banter was still really spot on between them, but the plot completely lost me. It all became too confusing and took me a while to read. Douglas Adams has this tendency to explain or make fun of things that I personally found were not really related to the main story, they just made a good joke. I appreciate that it’s entertaining, but for me it pulled me out of the story and I just kept skimming parts to just get to the point.

    I’ll probably read the rest of the books when I’m in the mood for it more and have time to concentrate on it. 0739410121