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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984)

by Douglas Adams

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Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (4)

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Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Now celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, soon to be a Hulu original series!

A madcap adventure . . . Adamss writing teeters on the fringe of inspired lunacy.United Press International


Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earths dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on.

God only knows what it all means. Fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since its light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. What else is new?

The most ridiculously exaggerated situation comedy known to created beings . . . Adams is irresistible.The Boston Globe.
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Yes, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish has a loose plot (mostly focusing on Arthur Dent and his girlfriend Fenchurch) and it is quite different from the farcical satire that comprised the first three books. At its heart this a romantic comedy, focused on Arthur discovering a new Earth (you see the dolphins, having escaped the destruction of the Earth by the Vogons, have gratefully provided humanity with a new planet) and a new girlfriend, Fenchurch. This fourth book suffers from a slow start, and a lack of Adams typically overt zaniness (although the dolphins are clearly the highlight).

There's less science fiction silliness here, which is what I typically come to Adams for. The plot is certainly more straightforward than the previous last three entries.

The different tone also reflects the rushed nature of the writing; Adams' editor Sonny Mehta moved in with the author to ensure that the book met its (extended) deadline. As a result, Adams later stated that he was not entirely happy with the book, which includes several jarring authorial intrusions, which fellow author and Adams' biographer Neil Gaiman described as "patronising and unfair". ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
It might be I just wasn't in the right mood but I didn't enjoy this one as much as I had hoped I would. I might have to go back and read it in the future when I am less Marvin and more Ford. I am giving it a 4 but it was probably more a 3.5. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
I actually liked this book more than I remember from the first time I read it. ( )
  bramboomen | Oct 18, 2023 |
Rereading the Galaxy series ..Absolutely love "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. ( )
  lynnbyrdcpa | Feb 18, 2023 |
Not as good as the first three books, but still entertaining. ( )
  talon2claw | Dec 31, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Douglas Adamsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Day-Ellison , GaryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeman, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irineu da Costa, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saarikivi, JukkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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for Jane

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to Rick and Heidi for the loan of their stable event
to Mogens and Andy and all at Huntsham Court for a number of unstable events
and especially to Sonny Mehta for being stable through all events.
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Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
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This novel "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" is the fourth novel of a series of novels.

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Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Now celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, soon to be a Hulu original series!

A madcap adventure . . . Adamss writing teeters on the fringe of inspired lunacy.United Press International


Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earths dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on.

God only knows what it all means. Fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since its light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. What else is new?

The most ridiculously exaggerated situation comedy known to created beings . . . Adams is irresistible.The Boston Globe.

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Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001.
Γυρίστε το γαλαξία με ωτοστόπ IV :Αντίο και ευχαριστώ για τα ψάρια / Douglas Adams · μετάφραση Δημήτρης Αρβανίτης. - 1η έκδ. - Αθήνα : Ars Longa, 1989. - 175σ. · 21.6x11.8εκ. - (Γυρίστε τον Γαλαξία με Ωτοστόπ · 4)
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Γλώσσα πρωτοτύπου: αγγλικά
Τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, 1982
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