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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #2)
     

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #2)

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by Douglas Adams
 

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Having survived, or so it seems, the exigencies of space travel at the mercy of that definitive volume, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent now seeks a decent cup of tea…Ford Prefect is after a good gin and tonic (or jynnan tonnyx, depending on what planet you've encountered)…and Zaphod Beeblebrox wants a good meal. So what do the intrepid travelers

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Having survived, or so it seems, the exigencies of space travel at the mercy of that definitive volume, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent now seeks a decent cup of tea…Ford Prefect is after a good gin and tonic (or jynnan tonnyx, depending on what planet you've encountered)…and Zaphod Beeblebrox wants a good meal. So what do the intrepid travelers discover in this second volume installment of the epic quest? That while Reality is frequently inaccurate, the Hitchhiker's Guide is definitive. That the major problem of time travel is one of grammar, requiring at least 1,001 tense formations. That the history of every major Galactic civilization tends to pass through three phases, characterized by the questions: How can we eat? Why do we eat? And finally, Where shall we have lunch? What could be more enlightening than to travel with them? So bring your towel, settle down and listen, and, above all - don't panic!

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Warning! This second volume in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series is definitely not a standalone book. Enjoying, or even understanding, the continuing adventures of Earthling Arthur Dent, his strange pal Ford Prefect, and the very, very odd Zaphod Beeblebrox requires previous study and preparation. Confusion and possible insanity awaits the poor soul who tries to figure out the second title without having read the first. Arthur and Ford, having survived the destruction of Earth by surreptitiously hitching a ride on a Vogon constructor ship, have been kicked off that ship by its commander. Now they find themselves aboard a stolen Improbability Drive ship commanded by Beeblebrox, ex-president of the Imperial Galactic Government and full-time thief. Narrated by Adams, this production is a treat for fans of the late author and others who enjoy British comedy. Be sure to buy all five parts of the "Hitchhiker" series or your patrons will storm your office. One caveat: this audiobook will need to be repackaged for library circulation.-Barbara Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
“Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist.”—Washington Post Book World

“What’s such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams’s sardonically silly eyes.”—Detroit Free Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671493042
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/02/1982
Series:
Hitchhiker's Guide Series , #2

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From the Publisher
“Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist.”—Washington Post Book World

“What’s such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams’s sardonically silly eyes.”—Detroit Free Press

Meet the Author

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and educated at Cambridge. He was the author of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy, including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless. His other works include Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul; The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff (with John Lloyd); and Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine). His last book was the bestselling collection, The Salmon of Doubt, published posthumously in May 2002.
You can find more about Douglas Adam's life and works at douglasadams.com.

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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 214 reviews.
Benz1966 More than 1 year ago
I have absolutely nothing profound to say about this book. I don't even know why I liked it as much as I did (perhaps even more than Hitchhiker's Guide). I will tell you that I snorted, giggled, chortled, laughed and cried my way through it. Thank goodness these are short books though - seriously. The weird factor in them gets a tad overwhelming at times and I have to put the book down and go do something else before my mind explodes. And I swear I will never look at a steak the same way again. I think, by far, my favorite character is Marvin. There is a scene in this novel where he faces off against a more powerful robot and it had me laughing so hard (in Starbucks of all places!) that I had tears rolling down my cheeks. For some reason the image, the voices - everything came to life in my imagination during that one scene and it was almost too much to handle. And yes, I do have a strange sense of humor. Really fun book and I'm looking forward to the next.. but first I think I'll take a little break. Too much Adams and I'm afraid I'll spend the next week speaking to my table to see if I get a reaction from it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KEEP CALM and BUY THIS BOOK
NathanTheGreythan More than 1 year ago
When i first read Hitchhikers Guide, i only read it because i wanted to see how the book compared to the excellent movie, i am not typically into most fantasy/science fiction books or movies, but Hitchikers Guide was captivating. Douglas Adams writes in such an entertaining way that anyone could find his books entertaining. The 2nd books starts right where the 1st left off, Arthur, Ford, Trllian, and Zaphod Beeblebrox, the president of the universe who had stolen the very ship that they were in and was surrounded by Vogons. Throughout their journey they are shrunken, tortured(well kind of, Zapod walked into a Total Perspecive Vertex, a device that shows you how infinatly small you are compared to the universe), nearly driven into a star, and much more. I really enjoy the way douglas adams writes and am very eager to read the rest of these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think anything could top The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but this came pretty darn close. If you liked the first book, you like this too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of The Guide but this one take the cake!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is an edge of bitterness in this there is not in the radio show
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply the second greatest book of all time (first place goes to hitch hiker 1). Although I found this book more funny I liked the first book just a tad more.
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Im not reassured
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I really enjoyed this book and will continue with the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so funny
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Do it. It's more "bang for your buck."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marvin is sooooooooooo funny! I love this book and every thing else in this series!