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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #2

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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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!

255 pages, Kindle Edition

First published October 12, 1980

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Douglas Adams

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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 completed after Adams' death. The series has also been adapted for live theatre using various scripts; the earliest such productions used material newly written by Adams. He was known to some fans as Bop Ad (after his illegible signature), or by his initials "DNA".

In addition to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co-wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season. His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co-wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See, itself based on a radio series. Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic, which was produced by a company that Adams co-founded, and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones. A posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002.

His fans and friends also knew Adams as an environmental activist and a lover of fast cars, cameras, the Macintosh computer, and other "techno gizmos".

Toward the end of his life he was a sought-after lecturer on topics including technology and the environment.

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Profile Image for Federico DN.
348 reviews612 followers
May 26, 2023
Yo Marvin!

Zaphod, Marvin, Trillian, Arthur and Ford resume their improbable adventures through the infinity of time and the immensity of a boundlessly crazy galaxy. Trying to understand the significance of the Ultimate Question, and finding the Ruler of the Galaxy.

An interesting sequel, with many elements and the style that characterize Hitchikers #1, possibly the funniest book I’ve ever read. Many funny moments and absurd genialities of a tragically comic universe like only Douglas can deliver. Unfortunately, for various reasons, this sequel didn’t really cut it. Maybe the surprise was lost, maybe the humor didn’t nail it like the first time. Maybe the first book set a too high standard, impossible to reach.

Zaphod, a character that I found hilariously unpredictable in the first installment, in this one I found extremely grumpy and frankly highly unpleasant to bear. Trillian scarcely appears to make any comment at all, and Arthur and Ford barely have an exiguous protagonism, nearing the very end. But above everything, way too much Zaphod.

Thank god Marvin was there to "brighten up" the day though!

[1980] [250p] [Humor] [2.5] [Not Recommendable]

★★★★★ 1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
★★☆☆☆ 2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe [2.5]
★★★☆☆ 3. Life, the Universe and Everything
★★★★☆ 4. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
★☆☆☆☆ 5. Mostly Harmless
★★★☆☆ 6. And Another Thing... [2.5]


Hey Marvin!

Zaphod, Marvin, Trillian, Arthur y Ford reanudan sus improbables aventuras a través de la infinidad del tiempo y la inmensidad de una ilimitadamente alocada galaxia. Tratando de entender el significado de la Pregunta Definitiva, y encontrar al Amo de la Galaxia.

Una interesante secuela, con muchos de los elementos y estilo que caracterizan Hitchikers #1, posiblemente el libro más gracioso que leí jamás. Varios momentos muy chistosos y absurdas genialidades de un universo trágicamente cómico como sólo Douglas Adams sabe explotar. Lamentablemente, por varias razones, esta secuela no me terminó de cerrar. Tal vez se perdió la sorpresa, tal vez el humor no la pegó tanto como la primera vez. Tal vez el primer libro estableció una barra demasiado alta, imposible de alcanzar.

Zaphod, un personaje que me pareció hilarantemente impredecible en la primera entrega, en esta parte me pareció extremadamente gruñón y francamente difícil de soportar. Trillian escasamente si aparece para hacer algún comentario, y Arthur y Ford apenas si tienen un exiguo protagonismo, promediando casi el final. Pero más que nada, demasiado Zaphod.

¡Pero que suerte que Marvin estaba ahí para "alegrar" el día!

[1980] [250p] [Humor] [2.5] [No Recomendable]
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793 reviews3,599 followers
April 24, 2022
The second strike of the prime, not so directive, example of how Sci-Fi, fantasy, humor, philosophy, and criticism can be fused to create an intergalactic road trip.

Reread 2022 with extended review

So much in such a short work
Including time manipulation, end of time, relativity of death and afterlife, monetarization of the end of the universe, human evolution and what may have influenced it, madness resulting from the insight of humankinds´ unimportance concerning the cosmic scale, etc., Adams covers a large range of topics in a small number of pages and mixes it with fabulous character description, dialogues, and weird protagonist premises.

Searching for the hidden meanings
Dissecting satire is no fun, but a difficult and highly subjective endeavor and it seems to me as if Adams has packed even more innuendos about grievances into it than in the first, more light-hearted part of his legendary series. Not dark, but a bit more in the grey area, typical growing a beard style.

Maybe the best part
It´s very difficult to choose the best part of the series, but I would prefer this one because it needs no further explanation and goes directly into different plots and the epic ending gives deep insights into human cultural evolution and lets one ask the question whose weirdo descendants we might be.

Alien 1: "I bet you might not dare to mix your genetic code with those primates because of the non-interference laws and ethical issues."
Alien 2: "Hold my beer."

I´m not quite sure if this is uplifting, pimped natural development, or just something between sexual abuse (or seduction including multiple misuses of bananas before, during, and after) of primates and a serious scientific field study by immortal, godlike alien beings with billion years of technological advance and thereby supremacy. But still enough perversion and substance abuse to have a hairy kinky time.

Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique:
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546 reviews9,760 followers
May 28, 2009
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 lie there with him. He's a tall guy, but he'll make room.

For all his crazed unpredictability, Adams is a powerful rationalist. His humor comes from his attempts to really think through all the things we take for granted. It turns out it takes little more than a moment's questioning to burst our preconceptions at the seams, yet rarely does this stop us from treating the most ludicrous things as if they were perfectly reasonable.

It is no surprise that famed atheist Richard Dawkins found a friend and ally in Adams. What is surprising is that people often fail to see the rather consistent and reasonable philosophy laid out by Adams' quips and absurdities. His approach is much more personable (and less embittered) than Dawkins', which is why I think of Adams as a better face for rational materialism (which is a polite was of saying 'atheism').

Reading his books, it's not hard to see that Dawkins is tired of arguing with uninformed idiots who can't even recognize when a point has actually been made. Adams' humanism, however, stretched much further than the contention between those who believe, and those who don't.

We see it from his protagonists, who are not elitist intellectuals--they're not even especially bright--but damn it, they're trying. By showing a universe that makes no sense and having his characters constantly question it, Adams is subtly hinting that this is the natural human state, and the fact that we laugh and sympathize shows that it must be true.

It's all a joke, it's all ridiculous. The absurdists might find this depressing, but they're just a bunch of narcissists, anyhow. Demnading the world make sense and give you purpose is rather self centered when it already contains toasted paninis, attractive people in bathing suits, and Euler's Identity. I say let's sit down at the bar with the rabbi, the priest, and the frog and try to get a song going. Or at least recognize that it's okay to laugh at ourselves now and again. It's not the end of the world.

It's just is a joke, but some of us are in on it.
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9,566 reviews56.5k followers
December 17, 2021
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 series by Douglas Adams.

The novel narrates the adventurous galactic journey of Arthur Dent, a middle-class British man, and his unwanted role in finding meaning in life, and narrates the adventures in intergalactic space, and Planets occur far from Earth, such as: Earth and time, power, authorities and authorities of the contemporary world, depicting people and concepts, thoughts and actions of human beings, with ironic language, and in transcendent humor.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نهم ماه سپتامبر سال2016میلادی

عنوان: رستوران آخر جهان، کتاب دوم مجموعه ی پنج جلدی راهنمای کهکشان؛ نویسنده: داگلاس آدامز؛ مترجم: آرش سرکوهی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، سال1395، در217ص؛ شابک9786002292896؛ موضوع داستانهای علمی و خنده دا�� خیال انگیز از نویسندگان بریتانیا - سده 20م

کتاب «رستوران آخر جهان»، جلد دوم از مجموعه ی پنج جلدی: «راهنمای کهکشان برای اتواستاپزنها»، است؛ «رستوران آخر جهان» نیز، همانند جلد نخست، رمانی علمی ـ تخیلی، و طنز‌آمیز است؛ این رمان، سفر کهکشانی پُرماجرای «آرتور دنت»، مردی میان‌مایه از طبقه‌ ی متوسط «انگلیس»، و نقش ِ ناخواسته‌ ی او را، برای یافتن معنای زندگی، روایت میکند، و با نقل داستانی، ماجراهایی که در فضای بین کهکشانی، و سیاره‌ هایی دور از کره‌ ی زمین، رخ می‌دهند، همانند: زمین و زمان و زمانه، قدرت، مراجع و اتوریته‌ های جهان معاصر، آدم‌ها و مفاهیم، افکار و کردار انسان‌ها، را با زبانی کنایی، و به طنزی متعالی، به تصویر بر‌می‌کشند

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 27/10/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 25/09/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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452 reviews90 followers
July 14, 2020
تو نابغه ای(بودی) آقای داگلاس آدامز .
فقط یک نابغه یا شاید هم یک دیوونه‌ ی تمام عیار میتونه اینهمه عناصر بی‌ربط و پراکنده رو با ملاط طنز جوری کنار هم بچینه که نتیجه‌اش شاهکار از آب دربیاد. حشره‌هایی که بارتندر ان،آسانسور اگزیستانسیال، ربات افسرده، حیوونایی که میخوان متقاعدت کنن گوشت دنده لذیذی دارن برای اینکه بخوریشون و نئاندرتالها ...
تو خیلی خل بودی، و من عاشق آدمای خل و چلم، باهوش و بی حد و مرز خلاق، آتئیست هم که بودی،و یه آدم شوخ طبع و نویسنده فوق العاده، عجب ترکیب سمی‌ای. میتونستم برای ازدواج باهات تا لندن بیام ولی حیف یه چهل و سه سالی دیر بدنیا اومدم.

بهترین قسمتهای کتاب برای من اونجا بود که برای پیدا کردن حاکم جهان رفتن به پرت ترین سیاره‌ی کهکشان و دیدن" گاد" اسم گربه‌ی یه آدم روان‌پریش عه که به اصالت وجود هرچیزی غیر از خودش شک داره!
همین طور بخشی که توی رستوران آخر دنیا، منجی ظهور میکنه ولی زمانی میاد که اومدنش بی‌فایده‌س و چند ثانیه بعدش همه چیز جهان نابود میشه. بدردنخور و پوچ...
کتاب دوم با اختلاف دو ستاره از کتاب اول بهتر بود. توی کتاب اول خیلی هیجان زده و شوک بودم و توی کتاب دوم بیشتر خندیدم و همچنان هیجان زده شدم.
معنی زندگی ؟ عدد ۴۲؟ خیلی شوخی باحالیه که معنی زندگی رو باید نئاندرتالها کشف میکردن ولی توسط اجداد اولیه انسانهای کنونی منقرض شدن. علت انقراض= افسردگی
🚫نکته انحرافی: افسردگی اطرافیانتون رو جدی بگیرید چون شما فقط ۲ میلیارد سال فرصت دارید!

🆘️نتیجه اخلاقی: دفعه بعد که خواستید یک فنجان چای سفارش بدید، به عواقبش فکر کنید. چون ممکنه کل زندگی تون رو به فنا بدید!
این مجموعه کتاب رو میشه به هرکسی ( رده سنی الف تا ی ) و با هر سلیقه‌ای ( حتی علمی_تخیلی_نخوان‌ها) پیشنهاد داد و مطمعن بود سرانه مطالعه بالا خواهد بود است :))
از خوبهای پست‌مدرنه ایشون ^___^
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457 reviews3,239 followers
June 13, 2019
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 his deadly spacecraft's weapons...The Heart of Gold's computer is too busy making the perfect cup of tea, to defend the vessel.Thanks to the thirsty Mr.Dent, a man must have his beverage! The only bright side is that the Englishman gets the best tea, he's ever had...With the crew having only a few moments to live, the great- grandfather of Zaphod's is someways conjured up by Beeblebrox... He can't explain it either. Great -grandpa isn't very happy, observing the stupidity of his great -grandson. Four generations and what a blockhead, it has produced. And an ill timed lecture on his relative's shameful habits, complicates things. But blood is blood and with the desperate, nervous encouragement of the rest of the gang, he sends them in their merry, separate ways. Marvin and the former president, vanishing from the bridge. And the craft travels many light years away, from the rather dangerous somewhat bleak situation. Zaphod materializes on distant Ursa Minor Beta, a planet where it's always a sunny afternoon, along also his not so fun but gloomy robot companion Marvin, and "his" constant bad moods. Arriving in a bar he's amazed, speechless, shocked still the gentleman is no stranger to such an environment and soon feels right at home (after a couple of good drinks). And on this world is the wonderful headquarters of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Mr.Beeblebrox has an overpowering mysterious urge to see (he doesn't know why?), Mr.Zarniwoop the editor. Yet there are problems, they're always some, the sweet talking elevator won't take them to the 15th floor. Even asks if they wouldn't prefer going in the opposite direction, down. Strange behavior for this machine, some kind of premonition ? The reason becomes apparent soon after an attack from the galaxy's forces, not happy with our former leader's actions. Despite the gallant efforts of Marvin's, they take the whole huge building and transports it to the worst place in the Milky Way, the Frogstar planet. What a dump! A voice tells him to come on down from the 15th floor...He does, very slowly and enters a structure on the dreary surface, will that kill him? Maybe or maybe not... He's hungry, slightly tired and would prefer to be in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, (Milliways) where they see the end of the universe show ever night ( with a celebrity host ). Reasonable prices too, a great view of the entertainment if you can get a good table and join his friends for a few libations....The only heaven, which our not quite perfect hero knows.
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3,559 reviews848 followers
July 20, 2022
For what it is worth, despite my loathing for the first book in this best-selling immensely popular series I persevered and took a look at The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. The same results ensued for me a Hitchhiker's, outdated, trite and weak humour, infantile comedy and almost lazy plotting. The only save at the moment for me is Marvin! One Star Read, I am afraid as I liked this even less than I liked Hitchhiker's! 3 out of 12

2005 read
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Author 14 books10.1k followers
June 15, 2019
Poor Marvin!
I’m glad our heroes are exploring space and time but poor Marvin!!!!
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1,493 reviews958 followers
December 30, 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 situation, because Douglas Adams decided to turn it all around for the sequel.
Is is not an easy claim to make that the second Hitchhiker book is better than the previous one, since there was nothing wrong with the first one. Yet, for various reasons, I ended up reading it faster and enjoying it more. It may be the fact that there is actually a plot, like searching for the ruler of the universe as opposed to searching for a philosophical answer to the ultimate question. It may be that the jokes are better anchored in the actual story and feel less like an improvised skit. It may be that most of the characters are already established and we get less exposition and more action. For me though, I guess the main attraction is to discover Adams' hardcore nugget of humanism that holds it all together, like the black hole at the center of our Galaxy. Douglas Adams first points out to us how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things, how tiny our problems are from the perspective of the Cosmos. Once he got us well and truly scared, he comes out with his guide to Life , The Universe and Everything, and puts on its cover the words : "Don't Panic!" . We may not understand everything there is to know about these issues, but we're alive, we are gifted with reasoning, and we might as well enjoy the ride.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is an indispensable companion to all those who are keen to make sense of life in an infiniteley complex and confusing Universe, for though it cannot hope to be useful or informative on all matters, it does at least make the reassuring claim, that where it is inaccurate it is at least definitively inaccurate. In cases of major discrepancy it's always reality that's got it wrong.

While the main quest may be the search for the man who rules the universe, there are enough mishaps and side quests to make the journey highly entertaining:

- We make a visit to the main offices of the publishers of the Hitchiker Guide, where my favorite scene describes an encounter with the artificial intelligence of a Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Happy Vertical People Transporter.

Not unnaturally, many elevators imbued with intelligence and precognition became terribly frustrated with the mindless business of going up and down, up and down, experimented briefly with the notion of going sideways, as a sort of existential protest, demanded participation in the decision-making process and finally took to squatting in basements sulking.
An impoverished hitchhiker visiting any planets in the Sirius star system these days can pick up easy money working as a counselor for neurotic elevators.

Marvin the Paranoid Android and this acrophobic elevator are a great reminder for me that intelligence has its shortcomings, and needs to be balanced by other personality traits.

- We accompany Zaphod on a forced visit to a penal planet, where he is to be punished for stealing the most advanced spaceship in the universe by undergoing a session in the Total Perspective Vortex device. This torture machine is supposed to "demonstrates conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion." To see the whole infinity of creation is to go instantly mad, unless

Infinite: Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some. Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a totally stunning size, real "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 trying to get across here.

- we have dinner and drink Pan Galactic Gargleblasters at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, while we witness the unravelling of all existence and grapple with the absurd gramatical rules needed to express the upheaval of timelines , the mixing of the past with the future when/after/during/before the present ceases to exist.

- we meet the ghost of one of Zaphod's ancestors, who comes up with what is probably the best one-liner yet in the series:

"Life is wasted on the living"

- We attend the ultimate rock concert by the band Disaster Area whose leader, Hotblack Desiato, is spending a year dead in order to avoid paying taxes. Wthout giving away to many spoilers, the band is famous for using whole planets and astral bodies for special effects during their live performances.

- we get to meet the ruler of the universe, which might explain why it is so hard to make sense of it.

- we find refuge from another explosive misunderstanding in space on a Golgafrinchan Ark Ship, carrying a third of the population of their home planet away from an iminent if unexplained cataclysm and heading towards a tiny blue dot located in the unfashionable end of a spiral arm of our galaxy.

At the end of the second Hitchhiker installment, I might feel like I am starting to make sense of the Universe, including an explanation of how intelligent life blossomed on Earth, but I expect Douglas Adams has a few surprises up his sleeve for the next novel.
I can't wait to find out.
The word 'genius' comes to mind easier and easier when describing his talent, and I don't mean it only in the slapstick, satirical way. His one liners reach much deeper than the superficial layers of my awareness.

If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, their brains start working.
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Author 1 book8,175 followers
June 7, 2016
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're well-written, thoughtful, funny, short, and immensely readable. They are the sorts of book you can recommend to nearly anyone, the sorts of books that turn illiterates into book enthusiasts. It’s hard to think of something more effortlessly pleasant.
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666 reviews864 followers
February 3, 2020
“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.”

“In an infinite Universe anything can happen.”

Not much in the way of plot or development here, but if you've made it this far into the Hitchhiker Series then that's probably not going to be a big problem. And it isn't! Douglas Adams' The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is a terrifically zany and entertaining adventure. I really enjoy the fact that anything can happen. Somewhere in this book, Adams writes about "brilliant nonsense." I feel like he could be describing this and the other books in the Hitchhiker Series.

Like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this is a book I first read in high school. I clearly enjoyed the reread, but might have to wait (and recharge my improbability quotient) before picking up the next installment in the series. 3.75 stars

“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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166 reviews30 followers
August 31, 2020
اینکه یکی از معروفترین و بهترین کوت های کل مجموعه و آقای داگلاس آدامز که همون اول کتابه حذف شده بود شدیدا زد تو ذوقم

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.


ببینید این مجموعه قدرت تمرکز بالایی میطلبه. به درد کسایی که دنبال داستان یا شخصیت پردازی هستن هم نمیخوره
ولی اگه دوست دارید یه نفر تخیلات دیوانه وارش رو به شکل طعنه آمیز به رُختو�� بکشه، بِسمِ الگُّربة
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Author 7 books1,225 followers
July 11, 2017
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 Adams wanted to throw into the works.

I say "zany ideas" as if they are a haphazard, careless collection of ramblings, but Adams does actually stay on topic for much of the time. That topic is humanity's futility. We're a go-nowhere race going nowhere fast. Adams basically says we've been given two million years worth of time to do something with ourselves before it's all over, and frankly we will fuck it up. Oh well!

While not as sharp as the first book, this is a worthy successor and I plan to continue reading the remaining books in the series, which I'm pretty sure I haven't read yet.
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Author 6 books3,962 followers
May 17, 2020
Truly, the most memorable characters in this book are the ones in Disaster Area.

Just ignore the inane ramblings of the most important person in the universe, Mr. Beeblebrox, the man who says What all the time, or the brilliant but somewhat easygoing Trillian, or Froody Ford. They're just bit players. Indeed, the character that chews cud is rather more intelligent than the grand majority of those B-Cast characters sent to crash on that backwater planet with the official main characters.

Didn't you know? Between Disaster Area and the robot with the brain the size of a planet are the ULTIMATE main characters.

And now that we've met the meat... welcome to the best show in the universe served up with a huge side dish of pokes at God (or some philosophical backwater person who claims to be the leader of said Universe), the Universe, and Everything.

Anyone want to play a game of scrabble?
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Author 29 books13.6k followers
September 25, 2014
"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 available elsewhere (the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons)
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56 reviews46 followers
December 9, 2021
به به چه کتابی. جلد دوم کتاب راهنمای کهکشان برای اتواستاپ زن ها از اولی خیلی بهتر بود . طنزش خیلی قوی تر شد و واقعا نمیشه کتاب رو روی زمین گذاشت.
عاشقش شخصیت ماروین شدم خیلی خوبه. امیدوارم جلد سوم هم همینقدر خفن پیش بره.
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429 reviews473 followers
March 2, 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 entire universe.

Of course, it's peppered with more great aliens and planets and if you thought the Vogons were great (or terrible, depending how you look at it), well, let's just say the committee meetings don't end there.

Doug Adams was absolutely brilliant and I thought this was even more quotable than the last. And I love quotes. The actual plot was a little less so, and it's definitely a middle novel with that ending.

If this beginning doesn't sell you, however, I definitely won't:
"The story so far:

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."

4 out of 5 Stars (highly recommended)
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148 reviews611 followers
January 18, 2021
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 people do with Monty Python films or The Princess Bride. For whatever reason, all the Douglas Adams-themed 7th grade nerd humor rubbed me the wrong way and I refused to read the books, which was an act of breathtaking contrarianism at the time.

Recently, I decided it might be worthwhile to fill the Hitchhiker's-shaped hole in my literary Great Wall, and I started reading the series.

I think I might have been better off reading this book in 7th grade, because what it did in my 30s was irritate me, mostly. The constant wordplay seemed clumsy and unfunny, and most of the main characters sort of ran together. Worst of all, the plot was completely devoid of interest - I understand that the plot isn't supposed to be the central attraction in these books, but it's hard to muster up emotion over perilous situations when you know that the characters, whom you don't care much about to start with, are inevitably going to be bailed out by some zany deus ex campus sinister and zoom along to their next wacky adventure. It was like trying to get excited about watching other people ride a roller coaster.

I can't remember the last time I had such a hard time finishing such a short book, but I'm actually glad I did, because the last 50 pages or so were the best part.
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545 reviews146 followers
December 20, 2022
The rare sequel that fully captures everything the original got right. For my money it's just as witty, just as thoughtful, and just as fun as the first.

5 stars.
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1,820 reviews
March 21, 2012
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. Prior to my reading of this book, I thought that the restaurant is located at the end or the edge of the universe. But I was fascinated to learn that while eating steak (from the meat of a talking animal), you could watch the end or the death of the universe. Sorry for the spoiler but it's found in the first half of the book and there are other more interesting scenes in the second part and you have to read the book and experience for yourself how is it to be dining and watching the end of yourself. Very clever imagination.

I reason why I read this after the first book was that I'd like to find out what was the Ultimate Question for the Ultimate Answer that was "42." However, it seemed the Adams was deliberately delaying it as it was only in the second part where it was brought up and he did not even give any hints. So, after reading this book, I looked from the third book but I could not locate it. So, I am now reading the fourth book and since its title is Song Long and Thanks for All the Fish, I hope to already know what the Ultimate Question is.

Again, I am not really a big sci-fi fan so I understand if you find this book more enjoyable and rated this with more than 3 stars. However, I agree with you that this book is good: talking insect as receptionist, elevator refusing to come up, animal talking to you prior to being butchered so you can buy and eat its meat, restaurant at the end of the universe, etc. They are all cleverly thought of that not too many of writers would be able to put them in one book and make people laugh. Really, unbelievable.

On to the 4th book.
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1,867 reviews16.5k followers
January 11, 2019
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 time, and by far the loudest as their concerts are frequently banned due to geotectonic concerns. Hotblack joins a host of other memorable characters and scenes from this thoroughly entertaining novel.

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1,116 reviews3,955 followers
February 8, 2017
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 been spared".

"The terrible light that had played on his features went off to play somewhere more healthy".

Like most car parks, it "smelt mostly of impatience".

"He paused just long enough to make them feel they ought to say something, then interrupted".

Spend a year dead for tax reasons.

Meat bred to want to be eaten.

"Life. Don't talk to me about life".

The ruler of the universe doesn't know it, and doesn't believe in anything anyway.

Dump hairdressers, telephone sanitizers, management consultants and advertising execs - then die from dirty phones.

Can't invent fire without knowing what people want from fire; can't invent wheel till decide on a colour.

"We were about to do nothing at all for a while, but it can wait".

Brief summary and favourite quotes from the other four of the five books, as follows:

Hitchhiker's Guide (vol 1): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Life, the Universe and Everything (vol 3):

So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish (vol 4): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Mostly Harmless (vol 5): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

And Another Thing...(vol 6), by Eoin Colfer : https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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130 reviews79 followers
May 7, 2020
In his sequel to “The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy”, Douglas Adams continues the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, and Marvin, in the same funny and unassuming style. Zaphod, still nutty as a fruitcake, looks for the man who rules the universe, while Arthur’s continued search for “The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” churns out the unsatisfactory “What do you get if you multiply six by nine?”.

It makes for a quick read, ever surprising by its sophisms, absurdity and sense of perspective from ‘one’s never alone with a rubber duck.’ to (speaking of planet Earth being destroyed to make room for a hyperspace bypass):
‘Oh, I’ve heard of worse,’ said Ford, ‘I read of one planet off in the seventh dimension that got used as a ball in a game of intergalactic billiards. Got potted straight into a black hole. Killed ten billion people.’

Douglas Adams also touches on deep issues like faith, people management, and ecology, for instance when a civilisation decides to use leaves as currency. The book is surprisingly contemporary given it was published in 1980.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it made me laugh and has a great pace, with every new spaceship, planet, and set full of surprises. Milliways, the restaurant at the end of the universe, doesn’t disappoint. Also, for some reason, I love the scene at the end of the book.
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1,516 reviews11k followers
July 1, 2010
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.
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595 reviews293 followers
October 8, 2017
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 ازش می‌سازی.
چرا مردم نمی‌تونن یاد بگیرن که در صلح و صفا کنار هم زندگی کنن؟
کسانی که بیشتر از همه سودای حکومت کردن بر مردم رو در سر دارن، درست به دلیل همین آرزو، کمتر از همه آدمای دیگه برای این کار مناسب‌اند.
به نظر می‌رسه که شما خیس هستید اما نظر شما رو در این باره نمی‌دونم.
من فقط برای جهان خودم تصمیم می‌گیرم. جهان من چشم‌ها و گوش‌های منن. همه چیزای دیگه شایع است.
مهم این بود که آدم یه چیزهایی داشته باشه که بتونه در انتظارشون بشینه.
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631 reviews273 followers
March 23, 2018
“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....
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846 reviews
January 18, 2023
Fun chaos
The events are again whimsical, the scenes are fun and contain nice and influential ideas, like the restaurant at the end of the universe scene which has been taken over in the first Doctor Who of the new series (where people watch from a cruiseship the end of the Earth). But also induced death to evade taxes, rock concerts which upheave entire continents, the ruler of the universe being a philospher who thinks the universe does not actually exists outside his mind and finally humanity descending from the 1/3 of the population of another planet, exiled beacause their jobs did not add any value, spice up the story.

The plot of the book in itself I can hardly retell because of timetravel now hussled into the already existing improbability field mix,but still an enjoyable and genuinely fun read
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349 reviews297 followers
August 25, 2016
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 رسيد
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302 reviews55 followers
July 5, 2019
«يه تئورى خيلى معروف مى گه هر وقت يه كسى كشف كنه كه جهان دقيقاً براى چى به وجود اومده و به چه دردى مى خوره، اين جهان در همون لحظه ناپديد مى شه و جاى خودش رو مى ده به جهان نويى كه از جهان قبلى پيچيده تر و عجيب و غريب تره.
يه تئورى ديگه مى گه كه اين اتّفاق قبلاً افتاده.»
جلد دوم كتاب «راهنماى كهكشان براى اتواستاپ زن ها» يعنى «رستوران آخر جهان»، با اين جملات شروع مى شه.
زاپود كه سفينه ى قلب طلا رو دزديده و اين كار رو در اصل براى ديدن كسى كه جهانُ اداره مى كنه انجام داده، از رئيس جمهورى خلع مى شه و خب چون در واقع رئيس جمهور صرفاً وجود داره تا حواس مردمُ از اداره كننده ى اصلى جهان پرت كنه، مى افتن دنبال زاپود تا دستگير و شكنجه ش كنن.
توى جلد دوم كتاب، در يك حادثه ى اتّفاقى زاپود و فورد از زاپود و ليليان جدا مى شن و دو تا غافلگيرى خيلى بزرگ اتّفاق مى افته. زاپود بالاخره موفق مى شه با كسى كه جهانُ اداره مى كنه ملاقات كنه، شخصيت فرمانده ى جهان اوّلين غافلگيرىِ بزرگه؛ آرتور و فورد هم به طور تصادفى وارد يه سفينه مى شن و سياره ى ناشناخته اى وارد مى شن و كشف اتّفاقى كه براى فورد و آرتور افتاده هم دومين غافلگيرى بزرگ داستان ه.
همچنان نمى شه حدس زد در لحظه به لحظه ى اين كتاب قراره با چه اتّفاقى مواجه بشيم و همين باعث مى شه حتّى براى يك لحظه كتابُ زمين نداريد.
توى اين جلد، جنبه هاى فلسفى داستان خيلى پررنگ ترن از جلد اوّل، ولى با اين همه ساختار طنزِ جذّاب كتاب و فضاى مدرن ش همون قدر با قوّت پابرجان. واقعاً برام سواله كه آدامز چه طورى اين شاهكار به ذهن ش رسيده؟

+ توضيح بيشتر نقش اسپويلرُ بازى مى كنه.
++ اميدوارم جلدهاى بعدى شُ زودتر بخونم.
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