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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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Arthur Dent, a refugee from the late planet Earth and his pal from the planet Betelgeuse, Ford Prefect, thumb their way thru comic misadventures throughout the Universe. In this installment Dent now seeks a decent cup of tea, while Prefect is after a good gin and tonic.
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Owned as part of The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  FrontierGirl | Jul 3, 2022 |
Perfect sequel to the first book. Hits the ground running. With the characters established, this book is where the series really gets rolling. Absolutely hilarious and strangely insightful. Has me reaching for the third book right away. ( )
  Lunarsong | Jul 3, 2022 |
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (1995)
  sharibillops | May 20, 2022 |
Listening to this book is as enjoyable as reading it myself and a pleasant way to pass the time during commutes to and from work. :0D ( )
  fuzzipueo | Apr 24, 2022 |
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Adams, Douglasprimary authorall 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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In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
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[Book 2 Only] "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" is the title of the second in a series of novels (as well as the second in a series of radio dramas). The five works in the series are generally referred to as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" or "The Hitchhiker Trilogy", as is the series of radio dramas. Though there are unabridged audio recordings of these works, the radio dramas are considerably different from the printed works. Eoin Colfer, of "Artemis Fowl" fame, contracted in 2008 to write the next volume of the "Trilogy."
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Arthur Dent, a refugee from the late planet Earth and his pal from the planet Betelgeuse, Ford Prefect, thumb their way thru comic misadventures throughout the Universe. In this installment Dent now seeks a decent cup of tea, while Prefect is after a good gin and tonic.

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