I feel like there should be a topic in the name of this remarkable book, so for those how read the book I suggest they share their favorite parts and to all others I highly recommend to read it, here's the first one:
“I refuse to prove I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”
“Oh, but what about the Babel Fish?” says Man. “That proves you exist, and therefore you don’t! QED.”
“Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that!” and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
“Oh, that was easy!” says Man — and for an encore, goes on to prove that black is white, and gets himself killed at the next zebra crossing.
Not that it produces smoke but paraphrasing "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea" often applies in my travels through space and time.
They're great books. If there is any reason to lament the non-existence of heaven it's that Adams won't be greeting us with his latest book.
Thanks for posting on this great book. I have a T-shirt that says, just, "42".
I should get one of those. On the back I'd put "this is an old T-shirt". I could hang it up in the closet next to my "I'm a Virgin" T-shirt.
yeah and i want a T-shirt that says "we apologize for the inconvenience", i should realy find a way to get one of those... :D
"This is the story of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, perhaps the most remarkable, certainly the most successful book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor. More popular than the Celestial Home Care Omnibus, better selling than 53 More Things to Do in Zero Gravity, and more controversial than Oolon Colluphid's trilogy of philosophical blockbusters: Where God Went Wrong, Some More of God's Greatest Mistakes, and Who Is This God Person, Anyway? "
Adams has a masterful command of the English language. I am reminded of his description of how black the spacecraft was, where he pieces together a paragraph so intricate that he has you believing that there could actually be a shade of black that is so black that it can't be touched because it perfectly resembles empty space.
"… and to everyone else out there, the secret is to bang the rocks together, guys.”
Its been a little while since I read them, but i do love this series.
I'll have to paraphrase my favourite bit as it has been a while and its long.
Its the scene where Arthur visits an old philosopher living in a fly infested cave. She is a disgustingly decrepit woman who lives in one of the worst way possible.
She gives Arthur a biography of her life, with every important decision she ever made highlighted and underlined.
Her advice is to read the book and do the exact opposite of her in every situation in order to live a good life.
If only more people read the bible this way.
"...get a beach house", but it seems right if all those words end up as mess like this so maybe by doing the exact opposite it works better!!!