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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
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Aug 06, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, science-fiction, comedy
Read from August 06 to 26, 2011 , read count: 4

There's not a lot to be said about the Hitchhiker's Guide "trilogy" that hasn't already been said. If you have a sense of humor, if you enjoy the absurd, and if you find yourself laughing at the state of humanity because the only other option is to cry, but you haven't read the Hitchhiker's books, you are in for a treat. They aren't perfect--Mostly Harmless, the fifth book, is mean-spirited and nihilistic in a way that the other books aren't--but the series as a whole is a stone-cold classic. Douglas Adams can sell his own writing better than I can, though:

"The major problem — one of the major problems, for there are several — one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. To summarize: it is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem."


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