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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)

by Douglas Adams

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Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2)

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Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Now celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, soon to be a Hulu original series!
“Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist.”—The Washington Post Book World

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat, as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.
Among Arthur’s motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee who’s gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, the moody android. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food speaks for itself (literally).
Will they make it? The answer: hard to say. But bear in mind that The Hitchhiker’s Guide deleted the term “Future Perfect” from its pages, since it was discovered not to be!
“What’s such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams’s sardonically silly eyes.”—Detroit Free Press.
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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams is a sequel to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and this science fiction comedy continues on with the adventures of Arthur Dent and his travelling companions that include Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian and Marvin, the depressed robot.

The stage is set when the book opens with Arthur almost killing everyone on board the spaceship “Heart of Gold” because he craves a cup of tea. The story, as it moves along is strange and random as it pretty much exists without a plot but our characters do get to visit Milliways, the restaurant at the end of the universe to enjoy a meal. Although silly and seemingly pointless, the author has managed to sneak in some strong philosophic questions that are meant to encourage you to think but unfortunately, I found the story had an outdated feel, very much like it’s time had passed.

Still, the story is packed with a lot of funny moments and absurd generalities as we join the intergalactic road trip. The author obviously loves to present to his readers the bizarre and inexplicable which he formats into random wordplay that become timeless quotes. This series is not meant to be taken seriously, it’s a joke and exists in order to allow us to laugh at ourselves and our funny ways. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 11, 2024 |
It seems Douglas Adams' humour gels with me, I actually laughed out at some points. The book started off really well, but towards the end it lost its 'spark' and began to feel heavy and dragging. I'll still read the next installment, hoping it has got the humour the beginning of this book had. ( )
  spiritedstardust | Jun 1, 2024 |
Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox in the second Hitchhikers adventure. Quite fun but I'm not the biggest scifi fan! ( )
  cbinstead | May 20, 2024 |
a sequel to the hitchhiker's guide that follows the same fanciful style, but opens up a whole new world for the mind. ( )
  chip1o1 | May 1, 2024 |
Quizá no es tan fresco como el primero, y tiene algún pequeño chiste que se nota que es de los 80, pero mantiene muy bien el tipo y el tono. Además de unas cuantas criticas mordaces a la humanidad y al modo en que hacemos las cosas.

La trama en general me ha gustado, pero se nota con el final que tenia pensado una tercera parte, aunque sea relativamente cerrado, da un poco la sensaciĂłn de final abrupto porque sĂ­.

Aún así me ha gustado bastante y seguiré con la saga. ( )
  Cabask | Mar 27, 2024 |
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Adams, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freeman, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwarz, BenjaminTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
Dedication
To Jane and James

with many thanks
to Geoffrey Perkins for achieving the Improbable
to Paddy Kingsland, Lisa Braun and Alick Hale Munro for helping him
to John Lloyd for his help with the original Milliways script
to Simon Brett for starting the whole thing off

to the Paul Simon album One Trick Pony which I played incessantly while writing this book. Five years is far too long

And with very special thanks to Jacqui Graham for infinite patience, kindness and food in adversity
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This novel "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" is the second novel of a series of novels.

An earlier (and quite different) version of this story was written by Adams for series 2 of the "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" radio programme, broadcast Christmas 1978 (one episode) and January 1980 (five episodes).

For this October 1980 novel by Adams, episodes from the radio programme were adapted:

The six episodes of radio series 2 are very substantially reworked, re-edited, and reduced for the adaptation.

The final pages of the book are actually an adaptation of the fifth and sixth episodes of radio series 1.
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Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Now celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, soon to be a Hulu original series!
“Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist.”—The Washington Post Book World

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat, as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.
Among Arthur’s motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee who’s gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, the moody android. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food speaks for itself (literally).
Will they make it? The answer: hard to say. But bear in mind that The Hitchhiker’s Guide deleted the term “Future Perfect” from its pages, since it was discovered not to be!
“What’s such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams’s sardonically silly eyes.”—Detroit Free Press.

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