The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  (Paperback)

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    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
    • ISBN: 9780345453747, 0345453743
    • Edition: 2002
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    The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is a collection of all the five books (and one short story) from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy trilogy.


    Summary Of The Book

    The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is a compilation of five books and one short story written by Douglas Adams. The five books originally belong to The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, a collection deliberately termed as a trilogy by the author.


    The books in the collection detail the adventures of five main characters, the first of them being an Englishman named Arthur Dent. He is the only survivor after the destruction of Planet Earth by the alien race of Vogons. The remaining four characters include an alien named Ford Prefect, a depressed robot called Marvin the Paranoid Android, Ford’s cousin Zaphod Beeblebrox, and a woman named Trillian.


    In The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, the first book in the collection, the characters visit Magrathea, where they learn that a computer named Deep Thought made a prediction regarding a certain important question. This leads a couple of super-intelligent beings to formulate a secret plan of action to dissect Arthur’s brain. The protagonists are forced to make a decision - the decision to escape.


    In the second book, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe, Zaphod discovers that he is part of a conspiracy to find out who actually runs the universe. Meanwhile, Arthur and Ford find themselves stranded on prehistoric Earth.


    In the third book, Life, The Universe And Everything, Arthur and Ford encounter a character named Slartibartfast, who requests them to help prevent a galactic war to avoid the destruction of life in the universe.


    In So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish, Arthur returns to his home planet Earth and falls in love with a girl name Fenchurch. He also discovers that Earth is but a replacement provided by the dolphins as part of their ‘Save The Humans’ campaign.


    In the fifth book titled Mostly Harmless, the Vogons complete the task of obliterating the earth. Meanwhile Arthur, after the sudden loss of Fenchurch, settles happily in a small village on the planet Lamuella.


    Young Zaphod Plays It Safe, the short story included in this collection, is a prequel to The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. In this story, Zaphod discovers a crashed spaceship that once housed something dangerous - something that has now escaped.


    The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy was released in 2002 by Random House Publishing Group. The books in the collection have done phenomenally well as standalone novels. The short story has never been released as a standalone work.


    About Douglas Adams

    Douglas Adams was an English author, dramatist, and humorist.


    Adams wrote everything from novels to television scripts and short stories. His literary works include The Private Life Of Genghis Khan, Life the Universe and Everything, The Salmon Of Doubt, Young Zaphod Plays It Safe, and Doctor Who: Shada.


    He wrote fiction as well as non-fiction. His writing mainly revolved around the universe, science, and technology. It was highly influenced by bands like Procol Harum, Pink Floyd, and The Beatles.


    Adams was born on March 11, 1952, in Cambridge, England. He attended the Primrose Hill Primary School, and later Brentwood School. In 1974, he graduated with a BA in Literature from St John’s College, Cambridge University. He took up a variety of odd jobs before creating The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, the work that brought him much success. It initially started out as a radio series before being adapted into a novel. Adams was known for his radical atheism, love of technological innovations, and advocacy of conservation and environmentalism. Adams was married to Jane Belson and the couple had a daughter named Polly Jane Rocket Adams. He succumbed to a heart attack on May 11, 2001.

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    Not the best buy

    This is the single greatest series ever to be put on paper. Period. You shall never be the same again once you're done with these books.

    But. This is the wrong buy. 5 books for 900? That's retarded. Flipkart is also offering the first 4 book in one volume, for 330. Buy that, confirm that you like the series, then go ahead and buy the last book, Mostly Harmless, for under 300. Save lots of money. Spend it on a nice Wodehouse.
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    Harman Singh

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    5

    Brilliant Book :)

    Nice deal, great pricing..Wonderful Book, Every page is filled with Witty English humor that will make you smile..A must read, you get five novels on one giant edition..Dont think, BUY IT !!
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    Akash KJ

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    23 Aug, 2011

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    5

    Its all there, and great print...

    Yup, all the books are there, the print is beautiful...and above all, it is affordable. A real treat. You won't regret buying this one....trust me...it is not hardcopy but still a collectible...do buy if you are hitchhiker fan and don't have all the books...this is one copy you will keep coming to
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    Roshan Sony

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    21 Dec, 2011

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    Brilliant book, bad paper quality

    In my opinion, the HGTTG is the most brilliant piece of nonsensical fiction ever written! Brilliant, imaginative and out of this world (pun unintended).

    The paper quality of this particular edition is however really bad. I am someone for whom the paper quality usually doesn't matter as long as I have the book. But this edition is bad even by my standards. I would suggest if possible to shell out a bit more and go for a better version. If however, all you care about is having a copy with you ...
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    Vinay Nair

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    Witty, cheerful, brilliant!

    I am not sure how many times I have read this series and every single time I find myself just struggling to put this down to sleep at 6am in the morning or to have dinner before the closest dhaba shuts down.

    Clever, witty, hilarious and brilliantly written. Perfect for all you galactic travelers out there. Let the words get you out of the world as we know it and you will soon find yourself meeting the most remarkable creatures in the most far stretched regions of the universe. You thought h...
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    Chander Mohan

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    16 Nov, 2011

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    Even if you don't know about Hitchhiker series, go for it. You'll find yourself rolling on the floor laughing!

    Calling Douglas Adams a genius would be undermining him. He was Godly. The brilliant English humor, the characters, his speedy imagination... oh man!
    And this book is the best as it has all the books in the Hitchhiker series in one. I bought the first volume for 299 from Crossword. But here we have all of them fro this awesome price! You may even go for the paperback version which is for just Rs. 350! But i recommend this hard-bound one. Gives the feeling of a classic that this is!
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    Nishant Kapoor

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    A satisfying buy.

    You won't regret after buying the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy because its in no way boring or dull. Its a great collecrion to your bookshelf, as its humorous and enjoyable, and would surely be worth buying and reading!
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    Jagruti Sharma

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    a great experience

    the zenith of sci-fi.. all sci-fi lovers must read this book
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    Sheikh Md Shakeel Hassan

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    1 Aug, 2016

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    Fantastic product!

    a must have book for all science fiction enthusiasts! brilliantly written and unexpectedly funny. though the packaging was not that good the book was simply brilliant.i encourage everyone to buy this book since its a steal!
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    mew bean

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    The Best Science Fiction Series In History

    When I first saw this product it was priced at 799. Although I have read the whole series in my school library but i wanted it to keep it in my collection.And this was THE perfect edition as it contained all the five books of the series and also included one short which was written by a friend of Douglas Adams after he passed away.But 799 was too much for me and buying each book of the series separately would cost me above 1200.But luckily I ordered this book at a discounted price of 456! An...
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    Ronish Satapathy

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    Questions and Answers
    Q:How many pages does it have?
    A:810 AT LEAST ...... I mean that's the printed number in the last page ....but you have FOREWORD...Preface etc
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    Q:Is it whole series in one?
    A:yes.. all compiled
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