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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Four

(Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1-4)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  33,660 ratings  ·  523 reviews
THE HITCHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. For Arthur, who has just had his house demolished, this is too much. Sadly, the weekend's just begun. THE RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE: When all issues of space, time, matter and the nature of being are resolved, only one question remains: Whe ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published March 8th 2002 by Picador (first published 1986)
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Ben Babcock
H2g2 was one of the formative books of my youth (I say this now, when I'm only 18, but I read it long ago). It was one of the first science fiction novels I read, and definitely my first taste of Douglas Adams and British quirkiness.

The thing you have to get about h2g2 is that it's not enough to suspend your disbelief. You need to have it surgically removed, then seal it in an airtight box, ship the box overseas to Germany (use FedEx), and bury the box in an abandoned mine (alternati
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Thomas Strömquist
I was going to start this review with "After much pondering..." when I realized that there has been no pondering whatsoever. When I asked myself which book in the "hitchhiker"-series should go on my "favorites" shelf, there could be only one.

It had to be a collection - the individual books are brilliant, but who in their right mind would think to themselves "I think I'll re-read 'I was going to start this review with "After much pondering..." when I realized that there has been no pondering whatsoever. When I asked myself which book in the "hitchhiker"-series should go on my "favorites" shelf, there could be only one.

It had to be a collection - the individual books are brilliant, but who in their right mind would think to themselves "I think I'll re-read '
Life, the Universe and Everything' today", skipping the first two parts? Right, no one! That was rhetorical... never mind, it had to be a collection!

How Adams' himself felt about his books is of course interesting and others opinions also, but not for this decision really. Neither is the fact that there are 5 parts in the series. Or 6, depending on who you ask. The man was a genius taken far too soon from us and I would gladly read his shopping list . Actually, I think I did read his shopping list, in The Salmon of Doubt - or possibly in a biography(?). Anyway, beside the point again. What matters is of course what version of this great work that works the very best for me and this is it.

Fascinatingly, Douglas Adams being very very British, the Swedish translation (by Thomas Tidholm) of this, Liftarens Guide till Galaxen is an on par edition and very much recommended.
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Deedee
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I picked up the book I thought to be The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, little did I know that I had picked up the entire four part trilogy (yes, a trilogy of four parts, this is par for the course with Adams). It's quite fortunate I did because I think the best way to experience Adam's mad world is to read it as one book.

The book is full of the cleverest, funniest nonsense I have ever come across, so sharp it cuts itself into funnier, cleverer, more ridiculous nonsense still
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David
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so this is 4 books in an anthology. The first book is the original hitchhikers guide and is fabulous. A work of real originality, humour, wit and acute satirical observation. No question about this being a 5 star book. 'Restaurant' is also very funny but somewhat episodic - there is a slight impression that the author is making it up as he goes along that detracts from the immersion. In the third book this impression is stronger, and there are less good jokes. 3 stars. The fourth and final b ...more
Keri Stevens
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this series six times. I cannot (ever) remember any of it, except random character names. So I read it again. And I enjoy it every time--and it all flows away. If I were on a desert island with only one book series, I'd take this because I know I'd always be entertained anew.

My oldest just read it for the first time and giggled aloud the entire time. He actually remembers parts of it, though--evidence of evolution, I guess. Assuming, of course, that remembering Douglas Adam
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Melissa
Oh my, what have I just read?!
Random, witty, weird.Nonsensical in places but made perfect sense at the same time.
I loved this book from front cover to back.One of the most entertaining books I have read.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe has got to be my favourite of the four.What a roller coaster of a ride Arthur Dent was taken on accompanied by very unique (for want of a better word) companions, including Marvin the robot.Oh Marvin, how I loved every word, sentence and
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Lynn
Jan 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to read this after seeing the 2005 movie. People had always talked about how funny it was, and made references to it, so I figured the time had come to familiarize myself with it. I have admit, I didn't even actually read half of it, I hated it so much.

Reading this book reminded me of watching "My dinner with Andre," in that it was soaked in self-consciousness. I couldn't stop being aware of the writing, how full of himself the writer seemed, how smart and funny he thought he was.

The m
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Nandakishore Varma
DID NOT LIKE IT... COULDN'T FINISH IT!!!

(OK, now waiting for the GoodReads lynch mob...)
Jianis
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That book was so outstanding.
John Hatley
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best science-fiction novels I've ever read, and one of the funniest too. It is also one that I could read over and over again.
Jeanette
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Four (or a Trilogy in Four Parts by Douglas Adams contains four of the five books in the The Hitchhiker's 'trilogy' - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything and So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. It is based on the radio plays and TV series of the same name/s.

Arthur Dent is having a bad day - just after his house is demolished to make way for a bypass, the Vogon fleet ar
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Duncan Bradshaw
I last read Hitchhiker's when I was 13, 28 years ago (man that makes me feel old) and thought that buying this would be a nice trip down Memory Lane. Yes and no...the first two books are spectacular but I found that the further I went, the more tedious it got. By book four, I was ready to throw the towel in. Reading during my lunch break, I found myself nodding off a few times which is not the best response to a book. There are just some things that happen which come completely out of the blue, ...more
tenzin
I picked this up because I was in mood for some comedy in space but sadly I couldn't bring myself to finish the whole series despite my love for Doglas Adam...i love the way he writes. There are four parts to this book and I dropped by the second part. While I found each character unique, I hated how all of them seem lost. Things happen to them as oppose to them making things happen. Maybe I will pick this up again in future but for now it just put me to sleep several times.
Siria
Jun 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
I know that these are considered classics of the genre, and have been massively influential on two decades of genre writing and TV. Yet try as I might when I read them, I just couldn't see why. Creative, yes, imaginative, yes, and occasionally very sharp. But the characters just seemed flat to me, and I couldn't understand why anyone who wasn't a fourteen year old boy would find this more than sporadically amusing.
Richard Thomas
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's hard to better this whether as a piece of light sci fi or as a sustainedly funny book. I've returned and found something new each time I have re-read it (three times) and expect to do so again at some future stage. It's a pity that unlike the BBC radio and TV adaptations, the film version was so banal (to me anyway). Not a dull word in it and I'm still trying to work out the anagram of Slartibartfirst.
Rajat TWIT
A very imaginative and creative setup, the characters of this sci-fi extravaganza are treat to observe. But the fiction is quite average and at places it looses the attention because of vague storytelling and randomness of many events. But the sci-fi fans will find it extremely fun. Others may read few of the chapters before deciding whether they should go for the whole book or not.
Neil Funsch
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england, humor
A much younger me loved these books. Silly, English fun! Zaphod Beeblebrox!!!
Alena
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur Dent's story is one that is clever, witty and fun. Although this book was quite dense at some sections, it was an overall enjoyable read!
Blerina
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The edition I read actually has five books:

1. The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
2. The restaurant at the end of the Universe
3. Life, the Universe and everything
4. So long, and thanks for all the fish
5. Mostly harmless

My favourite was part 1 and 5, a 4.5 rating. For the rest of the books a 3 star rating. Some parts in here were really bizarre, whereas some parts really entertaining. The names of some of the galactic creatures were just so tiresome
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Catnaitab
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, fiction
This is a super funny book, really random at times with great characters. One flies through the book as there is always something mad happening. The creativity is immense and even though the universe appears to be a dangerous place (the amount of fights / wars and near-death experiences our heros go through), the coincidences of life and the improbability of a lot of events make one believe that there is as much chaos as there is stability in our Universe. It makes one think that everything is p ...more
Amol
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last line of the book summarizes what I felt when I put it down -
'There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler's mind'

The last 100 odd pages were a novel's equivalent of someone clawing a blackboard with their nails.
Stella
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the first book twice now. I have found it quirky and amusing. But you kind of have to be in the mood for this kind of quirky. Before you decided if it worth reading, I would say read the first chapter and read the very last sentence in the final book. It does contain spoilers but it should be a good indicator whether or not it is worth the "trip".
Jailan El-Rafie
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How does one even begin to describe such a book? I can now fully admit that I do regret not having had this book in my life earlier. I've been reading it since February, and I just...wow. It's been with me through some weird times where lots has happened. Right now it feels like I just lost a dear old friend.
I actually rarely say this for a book, but the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a book that I'll actually miss reading.
So long, and thanks for all the humor, the feels, and th
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Gehaenna
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I love it so much. Very sad that it's over, but very excited to read the fifth one.
More thorough review coming soon.
Eric Elston
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
At least once a year, for every single year of my adult life, this book has been suggested to me.

"It's my favourite, you definitely need to read it. I can't believe you haven't already!"

I'd agree, and I promised that it would go onto my list. The next day, I would have forgotten the idea entirely, in favour of some other novel, or video game. Finally, after one too many recommendations, (funnily enough, four of them are called David), I remembered to look for it while I was in a boo
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Pugsie
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This made no sense. The story takes off and you'd think you know where this is going. TWIST. You realize this is not about the first part of the book but about what you are now reading. TWIST. This is going somewhere you'd never think it would go. It continues that way and you find yourself wondering how you got here from the beginning of this book. The ending is surprising and since there is a second book (and more) there's more to this story than just the first book. Which made no sense.
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Liz
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super fun to read. Adams has a dry humor that really makes you chuckle. I also enjoyed the funny commentary on bureaucracy and mediocrity that was peppered throughout all of the books.
My favorite book was book 4 ("So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish") because of the refreshing love story and the meeting with a truly eccentric character that seemed like he came out of a Tom Robbins novel.

I do have some complaints about how it all ended. I felt like there were a couple things that were left han
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BakerStreetBat
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How have I lived without this book in my life? Starting with the demolition of Arthur Dent's house and planet, this 'trilogy of four' is a rollercoaster ride from start to end. Adams' dry sense of humour keeps you laughing out loud while the sheer invention involved in the many ridiculous elements of the galaxy is breathtaking. It's unashamedly nonsensical but some parts remain poignant and sweet all the same. During the 1st 3 books I felt that the female characters were somewhat sidelined, but ...more
Kelly
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As this was of a similar length to War and Peace (well, it certainly felt like it, and it was heavy enough!!), this one took me a long time to read. However, unlike Tolstoy's offering, Douglas's Guide to the Galaxy is a very entertaining, light-hearted and thoroughly ridiculous story. It was unpredictable, witty and inarguably English. Arthur Dent was the stereotypical Englishman and a bit of a bumbling idiot, but I found him quite likeable. There were some other great supporting characters - Ma ...more
Sowmya
Dec 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 1001-books, humor
This book is quite outdated. I kept thinking 'third rock from the sun....' and so it wasn't THAT funny. I suppose others who saw this sitcom will agree, even if 'third rock ..' was aliens on earth and this book is humans in space travelling along with very ingeniously crafted alien characters who seem quite similar to a lot of political and other famous characters who inhabited 'Earth' during the time the book came out.

It is funny, and surely must have seemed hilarious in 1979. It is
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Douglas Noël Adams was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker's began on radio, and developed into a "trilogy" of five books (which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was complete ...more

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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (5 books)
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  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #2)
  • Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #4)
  • Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #5)
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