The characters in the book move randomly from one disaster to another and are assisted by odd occurrences such as a floating sofa. The earth gets destroyed, but a shadow version from another dimension is brought to replace it by the dolphins - you get the picture. Arthur Dent who is the central figure in these tales tries for a while to make sense of it all, but finally gives up thinking about it. Ford Prefect, his alien companion, just goes with the flow. You really need to carry a towel at all times and we find out the ultimate answer to the ultimate question is 42. Unfortunately, we never learn what the question actually is. The "trilogy" ended with FIVE books written by Adams, but a sixth written by a different author was also released. Personally I find the first four the best and rarely continue to read beyond the 4th.
|Doodle Art pays tribute to Douglas Adams|
So just a warning. If you want to know what's going on with me, best be prepared for a cup of coffee or glass of wine and some time to visit. The answer is never simple. Just to put a smile on your face today, I am going to leave you with some quotes from the "trilogy". My particular favourite is the third although I have never had the courage to try it. I suggest you not try to make sense of them. Oh, and "DON'T PANIC!" :)
--He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
--A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
--All it takes to fly is to hurl yourself at the ground... and miss.
--Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
--Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.
--I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
--There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.