©2005 Douglas Adams; (P)2009 Phoenix
"Edited by Peter Guzzardi and with an introduction by Christopher Cerf, this bittersweet collection comprises letters, fragments of ideas for books, films and TV, ruminations on a diverse array of subjects and a good bit of a final unfinished novel by the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series....Included are a letter to the editor of a U.K. boy's magazine (written in 1965, when Adams was 12); a reminiscence about his lifelong love for the Beatles, written when he was in his 40s; a 1991 piece from Esquire entitled "My Nose"; and an undated article for the Independent espousing his preference for whiskey." (Publishers Weekly)
"It's hard to classify this cornucopia, selected by Christopher Cerf from Adams's papers after his untimely death, but Hitchhiker fans will want it." (Library Journal)
A great book to offer some insight into Douglas Adams, but this is definitely not a Hitchhikers Guide book. This is a collection of short stories by Adams, a collection of interviews with Adams, and a collection of thoughts put into writing from Adams.
I so wish to have the remainder of the salmon of doubt... perhaps someone will finish it for him although I don't think anyone else could do it quite like he would have .
This collection of shards and fragments, bits and pieces, would be more of a pleasure for the many fans of Adams, had someone taken the trouble to edit his various notes, comments, memoes and the like. Instead, it was all thrown into the mix -- where no one seems to have noticed the same stories told over and over again. I guess it was edited by the Redundancy Department of Redundancy...
I was dissapointed that it is basically excerpts of speeches, newspaper columns, etc, not a book. That's after an hour of listening. For me, a total waste of money.
Douglas Adams's book, "The Salmon of Doubt"; is a set of posthumous Adams's writings, collected, edited and published in 2001 - one year after Douglas Adams sudden death.
The most important part of the book - "The Salmon of Doubt": itself is only a part of the book. To me it is totally surrealistic, absurd, satiric story that has - as always with Adams - deeper philosophical sense as it describes absurdity of our life and our habits...
But my deeper attention was directed to the "Is there an Artificial God?" speech Adams gave at Cambridge in 1998 - which is also a part of the book. In that speech Adams recapitulates his views on religion. He was a devout atheist and based his atheism on logical thinking and the belief in science.
I must say - that is some sense I like his opinions. Although I'm not an atheist, well, I'm strong theist, I value his thoughts - because what they ridicule and oppose is not the true faith - but it's typical distortion...
However, I must also say that Douglas's arguments, as well as most atheists arguments are also very superficial...
They usually (and so is Douglas doing) build their arguments on the fact that since Darwin and all other scientific discoveries - we no longer NEED G-d's idea. Certainly - we no longer need it !
We, indeed, don't need the idea of G-d which is the last resort for our failing minds and ideas ...
But we (those who believe) don't think of G-d as the EXPLANATION - we think of Him as of the "who - who is calling" ....
To all those who do not seek for philosophical tones - it is fantastic, homourous and witty book. Strongly recommended !!
More on my blog (sopekmir)
There's a compelling reason that Douglas Adams didn't publish this material before he died. It's crap. Not funny, not interesting...atheist diatribes against a god he doesn't believe in...it's a shame that this is how he'll be remembered instead of his more interesting and entertaining works.
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