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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

(Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  201,421 ratings  ·  4,803 reviews
Alternate Cover Edition ASIN: B001ODEQCU

--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 despera
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published 2008 by Del Rey (first published October 12th 1980)
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Matija Sequel to the first one; we follow main characters as they go and explore the universe. Its very odd, and theres a lot of plot twists. Overall; its a…moreSequel to the first one; we follow main characters as they go and explore the universe. Its very odd, and theres a lot of plot twists. Overall; its a pretty good and amusing story.(less)
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J.G. Keely
The universe is a joke.

Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I knew this to be true--and yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill-treated creature. Adams has always been, to me, to be a welcome companion in that journey.

Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it's all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn't seem to mind if you
Henry Avila
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captain Jeltz, our old, not so good friend, ( a callous butcher) from the previous book, is after the stolen spaceship, with the unlikely name,"Heart of Gold", again! On board are Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian, and the ex -President of the Galaxy, the thief, Zaphod Beeblebrox ( nobody cares about Marvin, the annoying robot). The unsmiling captain likes killing, that's what he does best. The fugitive ship is just about to be no more, with the help of the cruel Vogan ( a bad poet too), and h ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #2), Douglas Adams
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980, ISBN 0-345-39181-0) is the second book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction "trilogy" by Douglas Adams, and is a sequel.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نهم ماه سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: رستوران آخر جهان، کتاب دوم مجموعه ی پنج جلدی راهنمای کهکشان؛ نویسنده: داگلای آدامز؛ مترجم: آرش سرکوهی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1395، در 217 ص؛ شابک: 978600
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

There is 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.

Arthur Dent and his companions went through some bizarre and inexplicable adventures after the Earth got blown to bits by Vogons in the opening sequence of the series. They were probably too close to making sense of their situ
Roy Lotz
I was talking to a friend of mine the other day, when he asked me for a book recommendation.

“Nothing too long,” he said. “Or too factual.”

My brain starting racing. Tolstoy? Much too long. Bill Bryson? Much too factual.

“The news?” I suggested.

“No, no,” he said. “A book.”

My mind kept racing through titles.

“Ah, I’ve got it!” I said finally. “Try The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. They are wholly remarkable books.”

This brief conversation encapsulates why I enjoy these books so much. They'
R.K. Gold
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poor Marvin!
I’m glad our heroes are exploring space and time but poor Marvin!!!!
Jason Koivu
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had I read this? I couldn't recall. I knew I'd seen the old tv version, but I wasn't sure I'd actually read the book, so I read it. And why not? It's a hell of a good book, and I'd do it again!

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is kind of the continuing adventures of Arthur Dent. Honestly, while he's a focal point of book one, he doesn't factor into the sequel as much. This is more about Zaphod Beeblebrox and Ford Perfect, as well as the kitchen sink's worth of whatever zany ideas Douglas
"It must be nice," mused Ford Prefect thoughtfully, "to know what you're for. I don't have the slightest idea what I'm for. Most sentient beings don't. But you," he continued, turning to Arthur and Trillian. "You know. Part of finding the answer to the Ultimate Question. I'm sure that's comforting at times. "

"You mean the 42 business?" asked Arthur.

"What?" asked Zaphod's left head incredulously, while his right head rolled its eyes. "You mean you fell for that?!"

The rest of this review is avail
"The Universe — some information to help you live in it.

1 - Area: Infinite.
The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy offers this definition of the word "Infinite".
Infinite: Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some. Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a totally stunning size, "wow, that's big", time. Infinity is just so big that by comparison, bigness itself looks really titchy. Gigantic multiplied by colossal multiplied by staggeringly huge is the sort of concept we're t
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010); 501 Must Read Books
Better than the first book. This has more funny moments and I just found myself laughing out loud more than when I was reading the first book. I guess it was by design. Douglas Adams had to explain fully his milieu for the series. Since he did that in the first book, his characters now have the whole universe to play around for themselves. So, they just don't hop and hop from one planet to another but also in this one, enjoy a time travel. They went to a restaurant at the end of the universe. Pr ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I'm absolutely astounded at how quotable this book is. It's no wonder Douglas Adams suffered from writers block because just about every line in the entire book (and previous book, and probably subsequent books), is perfectly crafted to bring about a chuckle.

In this second book of the trilogy of five (which is now 6 I'm told), our crew of Beeblebrox, Arthur, Trillian, Ford Prefect, and of course the loveable Melvin the depressed robot, has to find the man behind the power, the ruler of the enti
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Douglas Adams’ hilarious chronicle of Zaphod, Ford, Trillion, Arthur – and Marvin the Paranoid Android keeps a’ rollin’ in this 1980 sequel to his epochal The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Center stage is Adams’ brilliant humor and he continues on with more explorations of his magnificent world building.

We are introduced to Hotblack Desiato and Disaster Area, one of my favorite characters from when I read this the first time decades ago. Disaster Area is the most successful rock band of all t
“The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question 'How can we eat?' the second by the question 'Why do we eat?' and the third by the question 'Where shall we have lunch?

In which installment we learn that tea is a most dangerous beverage....
Benjamin Duffy
Back in junior high school, when I was being bussed 30 miles each way to the Magnet School for Gifted Math and Science Students (don't get excited; I washed out of the program in shame and disgrace after two years), the Hitchhiker's Guide series were all my nerdy friends' favorite books. They would throw quotes and in-jokes about Pan-Galactic Gargleblasters and Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts of Kraal back and forth at each other much like some (annoying) people like to do with Monty Python films or ...more
Sara Kamjou
کتاب دوم نیمهی اولش برای من راحتخونتر، اما انسجام داستانیش کمتر بود. خیلی جاها حس خب که چی بهم دست میداد!
تنها قسمتی که برام خیلی جالب بود، اون بخشی بود که رفتن پیش اون آقاهه که اسم گربهش گاد بود.
در کل کاش نویسنده کنار خلاقیت زیادش یه مقدار داستانپردازی و شخصیتوپردازی رو قویتر انجام میداد. نمرهی واقعیم بهش ۲.۵ هست که با ارفاق ۳ میدم.
بخشهای یادگاری از کتاب:
آدم میون این عظمت نامتناهی فقط یه نقطه بینهایت کوچیکه که از بحث بیاهمیته حتی دیده هم نمیشه.
- زندگی چیز غریبیه.
+ زندگی اونیه که تو
Hitchhiker's, volume 2.

The beginning of human life on earth and the end of the universe, aided by infinite improbability.

As with the others, it's the ideas and writing that make it so good:

Marvin makes a heavily armoured tank guess what weapon he has (nothing).

"The guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate".

"How are you? Fine if you like being me, which personally, I don't".

"Everything's cool and froody".

"Little expense had been spared to give the impression that no expense had
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta segunda parte de la serie de Douglas Adams mantiene el nivel de la primera en todos los sentidos. Desde las primeras páginas ya es difícil contener las carcajadas. Los diálogos sencillamente geniales y los personajes más disparatados que podrías imaginar hacen de este libro una lectura rapidísima y muy satisfactoria. Los continuos viajes en el tiempo y el espacio y las paradojas que derivan de ellos conducen a los protagonistas por una serie de situaciones inverosímiles y desternillantes. L ...more
Courtney Lindwall
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zany Lovers of Ironic Science Fiction
Shelves: 2009
Oh, how I do love Douglas Adams.

I find something really profound in the way Douglas Adams presents life, even through an otherwise nonsensical and just purely humorous book. When I look past the surface, some of life's most thought-provoking themes lie so clearly woven amidst his stories.

Each encounter, each adventure, each beloved character, each twist, each turn; these are all humorous, superbly written, and wonderful, but what I believe Adams does better than his other counter-parts is lace
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
یه تئوری خیلی معروف می گه هر وقت یه کسی کشف کنه که جهان دقیقاً برای چی به وجود اومده و به چه دردی می خوره، این جهان در همون لحظه ناپدید می شه و جای خودش رو می ده به یه جهان نویی که از جهان قبلی پیچیده تر و عجیب وغریب تره.
یه تئوری دیگه می گه که این اتفاق قبلاً افتاده.

نويسنده كه موفقيت جلد اول رو پشت خودش داشته، در اين جلد طنزي به كار برده كه كمتر از اولي عامه پسنده اما براي خواننده ي پيگير ادبيات جذاب تره. جست وجوي خدا، ملاقات منجي، شوخي هاي زباني و ترجمه ي خوب از ديگر نكات مثبتي بود كه به نظرم ر
2.5 to 3.0 stars. Decent follow up to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. While enjoyable, I did not find myself laughing as often as I did during the first one. With books like this, your mood is often an important factor in determining your level of enjoyment so it could be that I just wasn't as receptive to the story as I might otherwise have been. Good but not great.
David Sarkies
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Parking Cars - what else does one do in a car park
13 September 2016

Well, this is annoying. Having just arrived back from Europe, and having travelled half way around a world you could say that I now have the holiday hangover – Jet Lag. Basically I have had about 10 hours sleep in total over the past four days, namely because I go to sleep and suddenly an hour later I am wide awake, laying in bed, wondering whether I should get up and do something, or simply lie there and attempt to get some mor
Paul O'Neill
This series is frigging hilarious. Unfortunately, that's the only thing this book has going on. The story was a bit all over the place.

There was also a lack of my favourite character, Marvin.

Not sure if I'll continue with this series as yet. The first book THGTTG is a must read though.
Masoud Irannejad
از کتاب اولش (راهنمای کهکشان برای اتواستاپزنها) خیلی بهتر بود ...more
Barry Pierce
Not much to say about this. It's like the first one but not as good. It's a sequel. What do you expect?
I didn't think it was as funny as the first book, but still I laughed. It is very quotable, still. Martin Freeman changed voices for each character.

"...The environmentalists lobby do know what's going to hit it, and they claim that the concert will cause earthquakes, tidal waves, hurricanes irreparable damage to the atmosphere, and all the usual things that environmentalists usually go on about.

But I've just had a report that a representative of Disaster Area met with the environmentalists at lu
Cavanşir Gadimov
Bir mizah, bilim kurgu ve uzay romanı. Yazar bir yandan okuru uzayın derinliklerindeki maceralara götürürken, bir yandan da bol bol güldürüyor.
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Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

No me ha gustado tanto como el primero pero aun así sigue el mismo ritmo, es muy disfrutable y con los personajes tan pintorescos como el primero, igual por leerlo tan seguido del anterior lo he sentido un poco repetitivo. Las ideas e idas de olla que tiene Douglas Adams me siguen encantando.
Raúl Omar
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I was truly enjoying The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (you can read my review here ) when my sister gave me The Restaurant at the End of the Universe as a birthday present. Then I faced the weirdest conundrum (quite ad hoc for the weirdest book I've erver read): I didn't wanted the book to be over and at the same time I just wanted to finish the book so I could start reading the sequel. Well, the unavoidable happened, and the only reason I didn't undergo an OMG-I-can't-believe-this-is-over c ...more
Sercan Vatansever
Yine uçuk kaçık ve zekice olsa da ilkinin yanında biraz dağınık mı ne? Seriyi gerçekten sevsem de akılda kalıcı olmaması eksi bir durum. Evet cidden hayranlık uyandıracak kadar zekice mizahla dolu bir hayal gücü olsa da vurucu veya çarpıcı olmasını da istiyorum sanırım biraz. Evrenin Sonundaki Restoran fikrine şapka çıkartıyorum. Şu 'son' olan kısım gerçekten son, sınır değil. Kitapta en sevdiğim kısım burasıydı. Neyse, Don't panic. Seriye devam.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Serious philosophy camouflaged as comedy
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
The HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY series can be enjoyed on many levels, so it’s tough to decide how to review it. On the surface, it’s just a zany series of dry British humorous skits ala Monty Python, but when you dig deeper, Douglas Adams has a lot to say about life, the universe, and everything. Taken as a whole, he presents a consistent philosophy that our universe is
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Douglas Noël Adams was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker's began on radio, and developed into a "trilogy" of five books (which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was co ...more

Other books in the series

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (5 books)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
  • Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)
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“The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
“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.”
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