June 19, 2004

Hitchhiker's update

Statutory Warning: This is going to be a slightly long post.
I've finished reading the four books of the Hitchhiker's triology. Yes, you got that right, the four books of a triology. And I have to say that they are without a doubt the funniest books that I've read, and probably the funniest books ever written. Now, I've only to read the last book of the entire series, Mostly Harmless. I'll have to read the entire series again, of course. The only thing better than reading a good book is reading it twice. And these books are in the LOTR fashion, I could read 'em again & again.

Douglas Adams is a comedic genius, a man like no other. It's just the way he writes, the way he forms his sentences. And he seems to contradict himself every other line, write something ironical every third line, and make us laugh every fourth line. There's no way I can describe his work, so I'll give you just a short snipped. Hope this does not violate any copyright laws. This is taken from the first page of the first book:

And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change a girl sitting on her own in a small cafe in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything.

Sadly, however, before she could get to a phone to tell anyone about it, a terrible, stupid catastrophe occurred, and the idea was lost for ever.

This is not her story.

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