By Douglas Adams
On Friday, might eleven, 2001, the area mourned the premature passing of Douglas Adams, cherished author 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 comprises seven novels and 3 co-authored works of nonfiction—Douglas left us anything extra. The booklet you're approximately to get pleasure from 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 manner that none of his earlier books may perhaps, The Salmon of Doubt presents the total, striking, laugh-out-loud event of a trip in the course of the galaxy as perceived by way of Douglas Adams. From a boy’s past love letter (to his favourite technological know-how fiction journal) to the excellence of owning a nostril of heroic proportions; from mountain climbing 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 through Procol Harum, the Beatles, and Bach to the follies of his hopeless infatuation with expertise; from superb, fictional forays into the non-public lifetime of Genghis Khan to prolonged visits with Dirk lightly and Zaphod Beeblebrox: this can be the vista from the increased perch of 1 of the tallest, funniest, such a lot awesome, and such a lot penetrating social critics and thinkers of our time.
Welcome to the fantastic brain of Douglas Adams.
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