By Douglas Adams
On Friday, could eleven, 2001, the area mourned the premature passing of Douglas Adams, cherished writer of The Hitchhiker’s advisor to the Galaxy, lifeless of a center assault at age forty-nine. fortunately, as well as an impressive literary legacy—which contains seven novels and 3 co-authored works of nonfiction—Douglas left us whatever extra. The publication you're approximately to take pleasure in was once rescued from his 4 pcs, culled from an archive of chapters from his long-awaited novel-in-progress, in addition to his brief tales, speeches, articles, interviews, and letters.
In a fashion that none of his past books may, The Salmon of Doubt offers the entire, astonishing, laugh-out-loud event of a trip during the galaxy as perceived by means of Douglas Adams. From a boy’s old flame letter (to his favourite technological know-how fiction journal) to the excellence of owning a nostril of heroic proportions; from mountaineering Kilimanjaro in a rhino dress to explaining why american citizens can’t make a good cup of tea; from lyrical tributes to the chic pleasures present in song by way of Procol Harum, the Beatles, and Bach to the follies of his hopeless infatuation with know-how; from incredible, fictional forays into the personal lifetime of Genghis Khan to prolonged visits with Dirk lightly and Zaphod Beeblebrox: this is often the vista from the increased perch of 1 of the tallest, funniest, such a lot magnificent, and such a lot penetrating social critics and thinkers of our time.
Welcome to the glorious brain of Douglas Adams.
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