In The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the sequel to
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams once again delights us with
his unparalleled slightly satirical humor. Arthur Dent, Trillian, Zaphod
Beebebrox, Ford Prefect and Marvin the terribly depressed robot all join us again to try
and sort out the giant mess they're gotten themselves into this time.
Their current mess starts out with the impending destruction of their
amazing Heart of Gold, but it soon becomes clear that worse things are
afoot. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe spends more time on
plot than the original book, which enables Adams to play with several
subplots and put his clever mind to use with more than just random
comedy. In the main plot, Zaphod and the others become separated as he
goes on a journey to
try and clear up his past, while the rest of the group simply want to
where they are and how to leave. And, in the case of Arthur Dent of
course, where to find a nice
cup of tea.
Newcomers to the scene include Zaphod's Great Grandfather (long dead),
Zarniwoop, who works for the Guide and has information about Zaphod's
They help Zaphod on his quest (whether he likes it or not) and
to keep his life and soul intact along the way. Other sub-plots
include visiting the actual Restaurant at the End of the Universe and
watching the universe explode, and the discovery of how life really
came to exist on Earth, or at least modern society.
The book is everything we want in a sequel and Adams
wows us again with his unique humor and clever plot twists. The
Restaurant at the End of the Universe has more plot than The
to the Galaxy, but don't let that fool you. The book is just as funny
the original, and possibly even crazier. Start with the first book to
get the background information, but still put this book on your next
humor/sci fi reading list.