Have you ever wondered what happens to lost socks? Or who actually built the Earth and why? Maybe you are one of those people who believes Elvis actually is still alive or have sensed the intelligence in mice. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has all the answers you need and the proof necessary to make others believe in your theories.
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is often referred to as the only trilogy that comes in five parts. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), Life, the Universe and Everything (1982), So Long, And Thank You for the Fish (1984) and Mostly Harmless (1992) are all written by Douglas Adams. The book series, which was originally a radio comedy, has been hugely popular through the years and have resulted in both movie and television adaptations, among other things.
The plot in short is that the last human, Arthur Dent, goes on some strange adventures after the destruction of Earth. He is saved by the human-like Ford Prefect, who is a writer for The Hitch hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Through hitch-hiking, Dent travels the Universe together with Prefect and meets a huge variety of creatures. My personal favorite is Marvin the Paranoid Android. In the third book, we find “Marvin’s Lullaby”, or “How I Hate the Night”, which is one of my favorite segments of the series.
- Now the world has gone to bed
- Darkness won’t engulf my head
- I can see by infra-red
- How I hate the night
- Now I lay me down to sleep
- Try to count electric sheep
- Sweet dream wishes you can keep
- How I hate the night
Since I read the books in Swedish, I know it to be slightly different in the translation. However, the tone is the same.
A very important aspect of the book is the meaning of life. A super computer has been invented for the sole purpose to figure out what the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything is, but by the time it delivers its answer, 42, no one remembers what the question was.Or maybe more so, they are not quite sure what they asked for.
The book series has so many twists and turns that it is impossible to recount for more than just a fraction of them. It is a hilarious but also thought-provoking story that has become part of our literary heritage. Sadly, Douglas Adams died of a heart attack in 2001 at the age of 49.I cannot but wonder what other magical stories he would have created had he lived longer.
In case you don’t feel like reading the books, I can give you an advice. Always keep a towel close at hand, because you never know when the chance to hitch-hike through the Universe will present itself. Elvis is out there somewhere and so are all your lost socks.