The mad mad world of The Hithchiker’s guide to the Galaxy
September 29, 2010 § 4 Comments
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened”
I have been initiated into the world of Douglas Adams and how! I started the book whose title reads ‘ The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy – a trilogy in four parts.’… There’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe; Life, The Universe And Everything Else and then So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish. (the last title refers to the note dolphins leave for humans just before leaving earth, as the earth is about to be demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass) I have never laughed so much reading a book. Ever. I mean… there’s always the British comedy that really makes you smile and guffaw at places, like say Yes Minister… Wodehouse. But it’s so outrageously crazy, this book, that I simply couldn’t put it down for two days straight.
This is the book series by Douglas Adams. Its basically Sci-Fi comedy. And it hilarious. Period. For further details, read the book or google. The first book begins with our hero Arthur Dent, who has to deal with the fact that his house is being demolished to make way for a highway. ONLY to realize later that IN FACT his planet is going to make way for a hyperspace bypass and that his best friend Ford Prefect is really an alien marooned on the planet for fifteen years. So Mr. Prefect knows about the hyperspace bypass plan and to save himself and his friend… hitchhikes a spaceship. And there starts the adventure… I hate to use the word rollercoaster (because its been used to describe non-rollercoaster-y stuff too many times…) but it IS a rollercoaster ride with you in the window seat. My favourite character is Zaphod Beeblebrox. What with his two heads and attitude. Then there’s also Slartibartfast, Trillian, The Krikkits. And numerous other interesting characters, who have their own agendas and eccentricities. But the best of the lot is Marvin. Marvin is an extremely depressive robot with two robotic arms and he hates humans. But that does’nt really matter because he hates pretty much everything else as well. The best scene was when Marvin is the only defense left for Zaphod and he unleashes him… which means that Marvin talks with the big mammoth robot and affects his joy so much with his talk on the nothingness and meaninglessness of life, that it destroys itself. Thats the power of profound sadness!
I ve reached So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish. Arthur meets a girl here I hear. Lets see how thaat goes!
Here are a few famously hilarios lines from HHGG…
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”
“Very deep,” said Arthur, “you should send that in to the Reader’s Digest. They’ve got a page for people like you.”
Some factual information for you. Have you any idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer if I just let it roll straight over you?”
“How much?” said Arthur.
“None at all,” said Mr Prosser.
“The mere thought,” growled Mr. Prosser, “hadn’t even begun to speculate,” he continued, settling himself back, “about the merest possibility of crossing my head.”
For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the wheel, New York, wars and so on – whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man – for precisely the same reasons.
The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backwards-somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the ‘Star Spangled Banner’, but in fact the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish