The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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"IRRESISTIBLE!"
--The Boston Globe
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!
"[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy."
--Publishers Weekly
  

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The story follows the misadventures of Arthur Dent. In the beginning, Arthur loses his house and his world in the same day. The Earth is destroyed by a fleet of bureaucratic Vogons, making way for a ... Read full review

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This book. This book. Douglas Adams is a pure genius. The way he strings his words together is similar to the way Tolkien did except with Tolkien, who used words to create pieces of art, Adams uses ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
19
Section 4
23
Section 5
33
Section 6
41
Section 7
52
Section 8
58
Section 23
136
Section 24
141
Section 25
142
Section 26
149
Section 27
156
Section 28
157
Section 29
162
Section 30
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
125
Section 22
133
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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About the author (2007)

Douglas Adams is the author of five books in the Hitchhiker's Trilogy including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless. He lives in London.


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