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Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - By Douglas Adams

Aloha Everyone,

Douglas Adams was an English author best known for his work, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This science fiction started as a BBC radio comedy in 1978. Its worldwide popularity skyrocketed after the radio comedy was developed into a “trilogy” of five books.

I read it over three decades ago and today I still find the writing just as insane, zany, preposterous and extremely entertaining. Although this book is not for everyone. If you love romantic novels, murder mystery detective type of stories, steer clear away. But then you won’t be able to find out what number is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything or who said, “Don’t Panic” before what event took place. Once you get hooked, your insatiable need to finish the book keeps you occupied. For me, I have to pry myself to attend to my Spanish classes and other daily list of “things to do”.

Here is a few of my treasured quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy.

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”  - Douglas Adams

“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.” - Douglas Adams

“The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually is impossible to get at and repair." - Douglas Adams

Aloha -- Cathi