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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams

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| Paperback | 9780345453747

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At last in paperback in one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchiker series.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a Continue

At last in paperback in one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchiker series.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Facing annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.

Life, the Universe and Everything
The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky– so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription conspires to thrust him back to reality. So to speak.

Mostly Harmless
Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?

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  • 2 people find this helpful

    A wonderfully crazy and exquisitely British sci-fi novel whose influence on today's fiction, and humor in general, can't be denied. (Quite) inconsistent as it is, it's a must-read for all the fans of the genre.

    Featured in my Top 5 Weird Science-Fic ...(continue)

    A wonderfully crazy and exquisitely British sci-fi novel whose influence on today's fiction, and humor in general, can't be denied. (Quite) inconsistent as it is, it's a must-read for all the fans of the genre.

    Featured in my Top 5 Weird Science-Fiction Novels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZMHFbNY-Co

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    Krokgard @ Birmingham UK said on Oct 4, 2013 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Una saga di fantascienza visionaria e umoristica, molto sgangherata me piena di spunti e idee brillanti. La trama è un po' traballante e spesso il buon Adams si caccia in vicoli ciechi, da cui però esce sempre con disinvoltura grazie a trovate improb ...(continue)

    Una saga di fantascienza visionaria e umoristica, molto sgangherata me piena di spunti e idee brillanti. La trama è un po' traballante e spesso il buon Adams si caccia in vicoli ciechi, da cui però esce sempre con disinvoltura grazie a trovate improbabili e paradossali, non bisogna prenderla troppo sul serio questa guida galattica per autostoppisti... Da notare che la guida galattica è il primo esempio di ebook, immaginato da Adams in queste pagine già negli anni '70.

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    Anfri Bogart said on Jul 19, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    No less than five stars!

    I read THGTTG in Italian several years ago and I always knew I had to read the book in the original version (and I bought the 6-pack).

    The Italian version was quite good, but the original is simply great.
    Written in a wonderful British English, spi ...(continue)

    I read THGTTG in Italian several years ago and I always knew I had to read the book in the original version (and I bought the 6-pack).

    The Italian version was quite good, but the original is simply great.
    Written in a wonderful British English, spilling humor out of any pore, these multidimensional books are science-fiction to the nth power, where anything conceivable - and several unconceivable - is distilled to please and treat the SF fan.

    It's not so easy to write a funny SF book - there are only a handful to me - because the ice on which the author's skating is very thin. Either they push the envelope too much on the weirdness of science and technology, or they work on the storytelling, leaving the SF landscape dull and plain.

    But please, do not reduce Doug Adams' works to "comic" books arena. It's SF. Some of his intuitions and ideas are icons of SF (and for the very happy few that will read it after this review - I will not quote!)

    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 ****
    Young Zaphod Plays It Safe **

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    Zermelo said on Jun 22, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Capolavoro assoluto

    Dopo aver letto i primi 4 libri in italiano, ho voluto leggerli in lingua originale, approfittando del fatto che non riuscivo a reperire l'edizione urania di "Praticamente innocuo"(non ancora ristampato da oscar mondadori) per completare la trilogia. ...(continue)

    Dopo aver letto i primi 4 libri in italiano, ho voluto leggerli in lingua originale, approfittando del fatto che non riuscivo a reperire l'edizione urania di "Praticamente innocuo"(non ancora ristampato da oscar mondadori) per completare la trilogia.
    Se qualcuno avesse qualche dubbio, procuratevi assolutamente la versione in inglese, la differenza c'è, e si nota! Libro fantastico, consigliatissimo a chiunque, una serie dotata di un grande umorismo, mai banale. Letto e riletto più volte, non annoia mai.

    P.S.
    Peraltro, è grazie a DNA che ho scoperto Richard Dawkins, ottimo saggista, che durante il liceo mi ha fatto innamorare della biologia!

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    Luca said on Dec 15, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    if someone asks me "what book would you bring on a desert island", probably I will answer: "the ultimate hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy".
    Uhm no... maybe only "42!"

    Simply: I loved the italian edition, I adore this "original" edition, I am going t ...(continue)

    if someone asks me "what book would you bring on a desert island", probably I will answer: "the ultimate hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy".
    Uhm no... maybe only "42!"

    Simply: I loved the italian edition, I adore this "original" edition, I am going to love and adore it more by the time I re-read it the 3th, 4th.. 10th time. Stop.

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    Fabrizio - OniKilly said on Dec 26, 2010 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
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  • English Books
  • Paperback 832 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0345453743
  • ISBN-13: 9780345453747
  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • Publish date: 2002-04-30
  • Dimensions: 193 mm x 1,031 mm x 1,483 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Leather Bound , Others , eBook
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