Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy, Book 1) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It had been a while since I'd read the Hitchhiker's Guide, but I had a couple of hours to kill at the DMV and found a copy in my glove box. It was all I remember.

I'm at a loss to explain Douglas Adams's particular genius, so I'm going to simply quote from near the end of this book, a passage that sets up the second book in the trilogy, The Restaurant at the end of the Universe:

"The history of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why and Where phases.

For instance, the first phase is characterized by the phrase 'How can we eat?' the second by the question 'Why do we eat' and the third by the question 'Where should we have lunch?'"


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1 comment:

SnowLeopard said...

I totally agree. I actually have this book (on CD) on hold, and I'm next on the list...