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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

written by Sudheer Satyanarayana on 2016-06-30

The book was recommended by many people. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of the favourite works of fiction for many people in my social circles. I had repeatedly heard about the forty-two joke. An ex-colleague who quit the job wrote a farewell email with the subject "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish". I was exposed to such Hitchhiker's Guide's memes many times in the past few years. The title made it to my to-read list. My expectation of the coolness factor of the book kept on building up.

Last year, I travelled to Odisha. I bought this book to read during the waiting time in the trip. The book gripped my attention instantly. In all the reading sessions, one could see me smiling often. I admired the brilliancy of Douglas Adams whenever there was a crackerjack idea in the story. Douglas Adams has the gift of pulling up admirable humour out of thin air. From seemingly simple situations he weaves astounding plots. The book is a short read, but full of joy.

Douglas Adams secured a spot in my list of favourite authors. He stands first in my list of best authors in the comedy genre. I'm privileged to read such great literary work. Douglas Adams is a comedy genius and the book is a comedy gold.

The book will appeal to you if you like genres such as science fiction, space travel, time travel, aliens, etc. The book is not about these technical subjects, though. You don't have to have degrees in physics to understand the story. You just have to have some kind of fancy towards such subgenres. Does Start Trek ring a bell?

After reading the first part in the trilogy of five, I was constantly thinking of the next four parts. Pictures of the setting lurked in my mind for several days. One question constantly lurked in my mind: "How could anyone cook up such clever concepts and plots"? The book had impressed me many times with innovative ideas like the infinite improbability drive. So much so that I accepted "trilogy of five" as a joke. I could hardly wait for a few days and the impulse kicked in. Then I read the remaining four parts:

After reading the trilogy of five, I am content. I can peacefully move on to other other books.