In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, author Douglas Adams famously proposed that the answer to the question "What is the meaning of Life?" was the number 42. Why that number? Over the years, many theories have been put forward, but Adams steadfastly refused to clarify. It has taken a dedicated fan and investigator, Peter Gill, ten years to establish just why 42 is the answer. In this brilliantly detailed, maniacally meticulous and hilariously offbeat volume,Gill gives us a whole range of reasons why 42 really is the answer.On page 42 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry discovers he is a wizard.Adolf Hitler turned vegetarian at the age of 42.Elvis Presley choked on his hamburger at the age of 42.Washington is the 42nd State.Channel 42 in the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, where Stephen King stayed prior to writing The Shining, shows Kubrick's film of the book in one non-stop loop.
In this acclaimed memoir, Mezlekia recalls his boyhood in the arid city of Jijiga, Ethiopia, and his journey to manhood during the 1970s and 1980s. He traces his personal evolution from child to soldier—forced at the age of eighteen to join a guerrilla army. And he describes the hardships that consumed Ethiopia after the fall of Emperor Haile Selassie and the rise to power of the communist junta, in whose terror thousands of Ethiopians died. Part autobiography and part social history, Notes from the Hyena's Belly offers an unforgettable portrait of Ethiopia, and of Africa, during the defining and turbulent years of the last century.