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Millions of readers firing up millions of cerebellums all over planet Earth for over 35 years and for nearly half of that time he hasn't even been aliveIt would be ridiculous to pretend that Douglas Adams's life and work has gone unexamined since his dismayingly early death at 49 but throughout the decade since the last book to tackle the subject the universes Adams created have continued to develop to beguile and expand minds and will undoubtedly do so for generations to comeAn all new approach. A comprehensive chronological history of Douglas Adams struggle to become a comedy writer and performer through the success of Hitchhiker s and subseuent struggle with the success and demands of being a phenomenally successful writer but not performer From artistic hubris thwarted ambitions and realised dreams A great insight well written and many nuggets of unpublished DNA work Also a very useful reference to the entire works of Douglas Adams both small and large

SUMMARY The Frood

The Frood

As a wise ape once observed space is big vastly hugely mind bogglingly so However if you look too closely at space it becomes nothing but lumps of rock and sundry gases Sometimes it's necessary to take a step back and let a few billion years go by before any of the true wonder and scope of the cosmos becomes apparentSimilarly the late 20th century author humorist and thinker Douglas Adams was big vastly hugely and thoroughly mind bogglingly so both in physical terms and as a writer who has touched. A chunky and comprehensive biography of the life and afterlife of Douglas Noel Adams a man with remarkable imagination and considerable wit to match his tall and somewhat awkward frame His story begins with his birth in 1952 but does not conclude with his untimely death in 2001 It covers his struggles to make his mark in the British comedy scene rubbing shoulders with the likes of Clive Anderson Rhys Jones Stephen Fry and attempting to follow in the footsteps of John Cleese and the Monty Python crew It covers his script writing skills for low budget almost forgotten science fiction skits as well as Monty Python and eludes to the episodes he wrote for Doctor Who We learn about the conception of his most noteable work The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and the trials and tribulations about writing for radioThe writer Jem Robert s passion for his subject shines clearly through the text Adams is portrayed as a somewhat determined and dedicated young man with a certain level of hopeful optimism and general naivety as well as a hearty dose of comic wit and timing It is interspersed with extracts from scripted works short gags from the Adams s archives and the occasional anecdoteWith his sudden unexpected death at the age of a mere 49 the story of Douglas Adams may have finished but his legacy continues with his daughter taking the helm and asking the ultimate uestion What would Douglas have wanted This period covers the movie the Dirk Gently television series the release of the incomplete Salmon of Doubt Eoin Colfer s rather forgotten And another thing along with a reboot of the radio show This is a hefty tome a tribute to a fine fellow that lived too short a time and wrote far less than he could have The writing is somewhat dry at times and is best enjoyed in short chunks rather than as an epic read There is just a part of me that wishes Adams had lived to write his autobiography because there are so many unanswered uestions lurking between the lines

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To the most celebrated creation of Douglas Adams is therefore most welcome and The Frood tells the story of Adams's explosive but agonizingly constructed fictional universe from his initial inspirations to the posthumous seuels and adaptations bringing together a thousand tales of life as part of the British Comedy movements of the late 70s and 80s along the way With the benefit of hindsight and much time passed friends and colleagues have been interviewed for a fresh take on the man and his works. From Week Ending to That Thing About Hyperlinks a meticulously researched and wittily told guide to the life and times and e enthusiasms of the man some would call the greatest ever user of the English Language He would have found a imaginative way of phrasing it than that though


10 thoughts on “The Frood

  1. says:

    A chunky and comprehensive biography of the life and afterlife of Douglas Noel Adams a man with remarkable imagination and considerable wit to match his tall and somewhat awkward frame His story begins with his birth in 1952 but does not conclude with his untimely death in 2001 It covers his struggles to make his mark in the British comedy scene rubbing shoulders with the likes of Clive Anderson Rhys Jones Stephen Fry a

  2. says:

    A surprisingly good bookI've studiously avoided reading biographies of Douglas Adams so farI've often feared that we might stray over into the dissecting of comedy problem It's a bit like dissecting a frog It might be an interesting exercise to do but at the end of it all you have are bits of frogThis book was a lot of fun I bought it looking forward to the unpublished bits of Douglas' writing that Jem had promised us These were fun but suc

  3. says:

    The Frood is comprehensive really comprehensive You might think Salmon of Doubt was comprehensive but that's just peanuts to the Frood At times this book is almost excessive in detail for instance the peanuts to space bit didn't originate with Hitchhikers Guide far from it But for Hitchhikers fans there's tons of interest

  4. says:

    A comprehensive chronological history of Douglas Adams struggle to become a comedy writer and performer through the success of Hitchhiker's and subseuent struggle with the success and demands of being a phenomenally successful writer but not pe

  5. says:

    “Hey you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is” Sass know be

  6. says:

    This book took me a stupidly long time to finish I was expecting to love it but actually every page was a struggle to get through I can't even tell you why I struggled was it with the author's writing style which initially apes the great DNA

  7. says:

    I've been a major fan of Douglas Adams since 1980 or 1981 thanks to the older brother of my boyfriend at the time who introduced us to this totally radical and cool book My iPhone case says Don't Panic It was great to read about Adams's backgr

  8. says:

    From Week Ending to That Thing About 'Hyperlinks' a meticulously researched and wittily told guide to the life and times and e enthusiasms of the man some would call the greatest ever user of the English Language He would have found a imaginative way of phrasing it than that though

  9. says:

    Very thorough biography put together excellently Full of good stuff with scriptnovel excerpts and patches of discarded material as well as a whole heap of stuff that tracks early sketches that were reused and ham

  10. says:

    More entertaining in some ways than the latter range of Adams' own books and instructive in its gentle criticism

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