Re: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy; Introduction
Mary: I missed this post earlier
.... thank you, I think your comments are quite insightful. And yes I think DA would not like being branded a post-modernist at all, actually I don't think he would like being labelled period. I could label him a 'humourist' but I don't know if he would like that either! Labels aside, I find myself reading HHG as a 'big story' as you describe (not sure I would risk saying "meta-narrative"
). I think one can read and interpret HHG in many ways ranging from a rather silly story to a truely profound work and I would hazard to guess that DA wanted his readers to think about this. The HHG story is clear but the existence or non-existence of the meaning of that story is unclear and what about the grand stories we build, are they meaningful? Through HHG, Adams prompts us to wonder about all this, much like we might wonder in life generally.