Saturday, December 2, 2023

Book: Douglas Adams (Adams)

Douglas Adams
- The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -
Five Novels in One Outrageous Volume

Ballantine Books
May 2002


Simon St. Laurent said...

This, from Marvin the Paranoid Android:

"Funny", he intoned funereally, "how just when you think life can't possibly get any worse it suddenly does."


Simon St. Laurent said...

I was slow to get into Douglas Adams' highly-acclaimed "Hitchhiker's" books. A friend in high school would speak highly of the works; and I listened, but didn't delve. Which is odd given the fact that, as things turned out, at least, I possess a wacky sense of humour: of the offbeat, the surreal, and the absurd.

It all started as a BBC Radio 4 series, of course, in 1978. Pan Books bought the rights and fired-up the printing presses.

BBC Two produced the television version in 1981, WNED (PBS, Buffalo) ran it in my market, and I watched it very casually.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the original book, eventually hit my bookshelf, with The Restaurant at the End of the End of the Universe following soon after.

In 2012, the "Outrageous Volume" stared at me from a table at BMV Books on Bloor Street here in Toronto.