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Saturday, June 04, 2005 2:24 am
Hitchhiker’s the book
I just read the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy for the 2nd time. The first would have been about 10 years ago or so. Hilarious! I think I enjoyed it more this time. It is so hilarious. Highly recommended. To the first time reader—don’t rush through it like I did the last time. From memory, the subsequent books weren’t as good. But I have them lying around, and they’ll be next.

I’m not too keen on watching the new movie on which this book is based upon—I’m not in the least curious as to how they will pull off the effects. Anyway, most of the book humour is quite cerebral which is hardly common in the cinema.

I’m also a little wary of movie adaptations of good books e.g. is it possible to think of Gandalf as anything but Ian McKellen now…? Well actually, the answer to that is yes. I re-read the LOTR last month, and I kept picturing Gandalf as that old wizard on the novel cover. The movie actually enhanced the book a little bit I felt.

However, there isn’t any way to forget the movie, or even forget the book, and read it afresh. Pity that.

Next series: Dune

ps: the initial 40 minutes of the Bourne Identity movie that I saw made it look like a piece of turd.

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