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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Paperback – June 23, 1997
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“What’s such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams’s sardonically silly eyes.”—Detroit Free Press
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--The Washington Post Book World
Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability--and desperately in search of a place to eat.
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 who suffers nothing and no one very gladly. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food (literally) speaks for itself.
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' sardonically silly eyes."
--Detroit Free Press
From the Paperback edition.
- Lexile measure : 900L
- Paperback : 256 pages
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345418920
- Product dimensions : 5.54 x 0.55 x 8.26 inches
- Publisher : Del Rey; Media tie-in edition (June 23, 1997)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #574,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is humor mixed with imaginative nonsense of the best sort and some food for thought, yes, at a restaurant. You have to have patience for philosophical gibberish set in hilarious tones, but that is half the fun. Once you meet the ruler of the universe, you'll find it explains a lot.
Warning: don't read this while sipping tea or any other beverage. It will shot out of your nose when you start laughing.
The book starts right where the first left off. They just want a little bite to eat is all, is that too much to ask?, apparently so. The Heart Of Golds improbability drive does not work and a mysterious man from Zaphod's past is their only hope. Whereupon the crew of the ship gets separated from each other. Arthur and Ford find themselves on a another planet and must find a way to escape. They steal a very important ship that belong to the galaxies number one rock band "Disaster Area". When Arthur and Ford teleport and find themselves on a Golgafrinchen Ship which crash lands on prehistoric Earth with a bunch of mumbling idiots, even Arthur trying to teach them Scrabble doesn't help with the ultimate question. And what about Zaphod, he may find out something of himself he's not ready to accept.
This is the second book of the Hicthhiker series and was published in 1980.
If you read this book, you will go along with our friends in their adventures, for example when they visit Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, or when they escape certain destruction in a stuntship used by rockstars. You will also learn the real meaning of "dying for a cup of tea", and have a chance to eat meat that wants to be eaten. Of course, Marvin will continue giving you lessons in pessimism, and Zaphod will go on being "so weird that he should be in movies".
I liked this book, but I didn't love it nearly as much as "The hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". What is more, "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" doesn't have a clear ending, and I find some fault in that. Of course, I am more than ready to read the next book in the series, but that is not the point.
On the whole, I don't recommend "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" to those that haven't read "The hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", due to the fact that they won't enjoy it so much. Notwithstanding that, I do recommend this book as entertaining reading material for those already addicted to Douglas Adams quirky sense of humour. It is not perfect, but it is more than good enough to enjoy :)
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I am in awe of how Adams works language. It's just a joy to read. I didn't stop laughing nearly the entire time reading this. So many random moments like lifts that talk back, mistakes with contraception and time machines and other random, random things.
The ending just kinda fizzled off and left me wanting to know what happens next - not so much a cliff hanger but definitely not a proper "finish".
My only fault with this book is that I remember absolutely no names of anything as they are all so random and complicated that it boggles my mind to even pronounce and spell them never mind actually recall them (Apart from Marvin, Arthur, Trillian & Ford - of course!)
Each disk is just long enough for our daily commute so over a week we can listen to the whole book.
Even though this is abridged there is nothing lost. Even my husband and I enjoy these as we don't always have the energy to read and there is something comforting about being read to.
Good for fans of all ages.