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Title: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Author: Douglas Adams
Publisher: Published April 26th 2005 by Del Rey (first published October 12th 1980)
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Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 0345418921 (ISBN13: 9780345418920) Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle through space powered by pure improbability - and desperately in search of a place to eat. Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a long- Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 0345418921 (ISBN13: 9780345418920) Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle through space powered by pure improbability - and desperately in search of a place to eat. Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a long-time friend and contributor to the The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMilan, a fellow Earth refuge who's gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, who suffers nothing and no one gladly. Source: douglasadams.com

30 review for The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  1. 5 out of 5

    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 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Henry Avila

    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 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, but 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. But there are problems, there 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, that will what, 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, that our not quite perfect hero knows.

  3. 4 out of 5

    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 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: 9786002292896؛ موضوع: داستانهای علمی و خنده دار خیال انگیز از نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 20 م کتاب رستوران آخر جهان، جلد دوم مجموعه ی پنج جلدی: راهنمای کهکشان برای اتواستاپزنها، است. رستوران آخر جهان نیز، همانند جلد نخست، رمانی ست علمی ـ تخیلی، و طنز‌آمیز. 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 بر‌می‌کشد. ا. شربیانی

  4. 4 out of 5

    Algernon

    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 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 (view spoiler)[ your name is Zaphod Beeblebrox and you ego is just as big as the Universe (hide spoiler)] 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. (view spoiler)[ doubt everything and be wary of people who think they have all the answers : I couldn't trust the thinking of a man who takes the Universe - if there is one - for granted. (hide spoiler)] - 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    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' 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    R.K. Gold

    Poor Marvin! I’m glad our heroes are exploring space and time but poor Marvin!!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    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 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    "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 "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)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emer

    "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 "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 trying to get across here. 2 - Imports: None. It is impossible to import things into an infinite area, there being no outside to import things in from. 3 - Exports: None. See imports. 4 - Population: None. It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination." This is the second book in The trilogy of five books in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series and while I love and adore the original book, this one however feels a little less fresh. In the words of Shirley Bassey and the Propellerheads 'it's all just a little bit of history repeating' Okay... Maybe I'm being harsh. This is still very funny and it's got everything I loved about the first one with an even bigger dash of bonkers... but there was just too much repetition of certain aspects of explanations of the universe quoted from the fictitious Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that were also in book one (which confusingly is also called The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy!!!) for me to feel that this was a completely original work. This is only my second time reading this book as opposed to book one which I've read at least five or six times so I think that also illustrates my somewhat lack of enthusiasm for this book. I would really only recommend it to diehard fans of the first book. But if you do stick with this short book and the remainder of the series they have this strange sort of addictive quality that keep pulling you in and in and in and in.... The plot in this second book is bananas as you would and should expect, and for me this is all about the characters. Arthur will forever be my favourite. I understand him!!! I UNDERSTAND HIS NEED FOR A GOOD CUP OF TEA!!! Zaphod....is just bizarre and.... Yeah bizarre!!! Love him too. Ford always surprises me... I want to be his friend soooo badly and hitchhike the universe with him for the craic!! I imagine we'd have an absolute blast Trillian... To me the least developed character And marvellous Marvin.... LOVEEEEEEE!!!! So all in all it's an enjoyable romp through space and time and will make you giggle quite a bit!!! three and a half stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    K.D. Absolutely

    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 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    seak

    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 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)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melindam

    “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....

  13. 4 out of 5

    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 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    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 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 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. So 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 at age 36, what it did 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 just know 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    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 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. La Energía de Improbabilidad Infinita volverá a hacer de las suyas. "Uno de los problemas fundamentales en los viajes a través del tiempo no consiste en que uno se convierta por accidente en su propio padre o en su madre. En el hecho de convertirse en su propio padre o en su propia madres no existen problemas que una familia bien ajustada y de mentalidad abierta no pueda solucionar." Reseña completa y mi versión de la portada en http://sidumbledorefueralibrero.com/2...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Lindwall

    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 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 it all with such an intelligent irony to the point that, when you take the time to look, you see more than a Sci-Fi best-seller, you see a truly substantial commentary on the world around us.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mohamad

    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 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

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cecily

    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 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): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... 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...

  20. 5 out of 5

    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?

  21. 5 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    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 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 more sleep, which generally doesn't occur until around 5:00 am (which means that I am not up until around 10:00, when I am able to sleep in that late). Also, having had my first full day of work (in an office) for seven weeks, you could say that I am a bit zonked. However I have just finished the second instalment of Adam's rather bizarre, and quite absurd, space adventure, and if I don't start writing the review now I probably never well (not that I can easily write at the moment, even on a laptop – maybe I should get up and go for a walk before hand, or even better go down to the pub and get a beer – yes, maybe I'll do just that). Okay, I'm now down at the pub with a beer in front of me, but I will do my best to resist the temptation to talk about how Belgium has turned me into a beer and coffee snob, particularly due to the fact that in Belgium you get beer that has been brewed in Monasteries for hundreds of years, where as in Australia you simply get beer that is pretty substandard (though nowhere near as bad as English beer – which as I have said previously is little more than coloured water). Anyway, enough of that because I really want to get this review completed before I move onto my next book. So, the book starts of where the previous one ends, and sort of follows the television series (though the television series ends at the end of this book). However I didn't feel that this part of the series was anywhere near as good as the first book (or even the series). I would sort of suggest that it was tying up a few loose ends, but in fact the first book didn't have any lose ends that needed tying up (but then again any lose ends that exist in absurdist literature generally are not ment to be tied up – otherwise it would cease to be absurd). Further, it seems that the story has been padded out a bit and as such it feels a little forced, especially since the original really didn't need a plot – they land up at the Restaurant that exists at the end of time, namely because they are looking for some place to have a meal and people go there for a humongous light show. Our heroes then steal a stunt ship belonging to a galactic rockstar, but it turns out that this ship is going to be flown into a star. Fortunately they find a teleport and escape, but Zaphod and Trillian disappear to who knows where, while Arthur and Ford land up back on Earth (or at least on a ship heading in that general direction). While that is the basic plot of the second half of the television series, this book gives a bit more of a meaning behind plot – the Vogons realise that since Arthur and Trillian managed to escape Earth their job of destroying the Earth was left half finished so they decide to go after them to finish it off (and you will see more of that in future books). Also, Zaphod decides to go and find out who the actual ruler of the universe is, namely because even though he is president of the galaxy he really has no power (though he ends up getting board and heads of to have some dinner instead). In a way it felt a little forced and sort of detracted a lot from the original premise, which was understandably quite absurd. Even though Zaphod does eventually find the ruler of the universe, as it turns out the guy is pretty absent minded, and in a way one wonders whether he actually rules anything, and why it is that he is supposed to be the ruler of the universe. Maybe it has something to with this idea that there really isn't any order, or sense, in the universe, and if there is any deity, the lack of sense, or purpose, suggests that the ruler really has no idea what is going on, or maybe has been around for so long that he (or she) has simply become senile. In a way it does seem to be like this, but I really don't want to get into anything too theological to attempt to disprove Adam's theory because in a way it is your typical Deist view of existence – sure there is a God who created the world, but he is either long gone, or simply set it in motion and let it go about on its own devices. I guess that is why the theory of Thermodynamics works – creation moves from order to disorder in the same way that a mechanical device slowly, but surely, winds down to a halt. However the way that the world seems to go about suggests that maybe he have been forgotten about it. However, it is quite interesting that whenever somebody comes along and suggests that maybe if people learnt to get along a bit better they either end up shot, forced to drink poison, or hung on a cross. One group I do need to mention are the Gulgafrinchans – they are a rather amusing, and quite interesting, race of people. The deal with them is that there were three classes of people – the ruling class, the working class, and the middle class. The thing with the ruling class is that they were the rulers (and controlled the means of production), so they considered themselves particularly important. The working class actually had useful skills that the ruling class could use to produce stuff, while the middle class simply leached off the capital of the ruling class and the hard work of the working class. The middle class consisted of people such as advertising executives, sales managers, film directors, and telephone sanitisers – people that if they were removed from society then society would pretty much continue to function, but at a more efficient rate. In a way I am inclined to agree – there is actually a whole class of people that simply exist to make things more complicated, and more expensive. Lawyers (and politicians) create reams and reams of laws to make life so complex that one cannot navigate the environment without spending lots of money to actually understand what these mystical words actually mean. As for advertisers, market analysts, and sales managers – they simply exist to make things more expensive. For instance they take what is effectively a t-shirt and with a wave of their hands transform it into a lifestyle – a brand if you will – which means that one can jack up the price to no end. In a way the middle class really only exists to take money from the working class, give it to the ruling class, and take a significant cut for themselves. The fact that they come across as a bunch of bumbling idiots who haven't managed to get anything done because everything has been referred to a discussion group is no accident. In away, as some suggest, totalitarian dictatorships are so much more effective because they do away with all these pesky politicians who exist only for the election cycle, and simply get things done. The problem is that it is actually very rare for there to be a totalitarian dictator that wants to make the country great as opposed to simply using his position as a chick magnet (otherwise Africa would be one of the most powerful continents on the planet). I can't finish off this review without making mention of Marvin the Paranoid Android. No matter how disappointing the book ended up being for me, he still ends up stealing the show. Even though he is an incredibly intelligent robot (who has existed, by the end of the book, for millions of years) it is impossible to actually get anything out of him – namely because he acts like your typical self absorbed depressive – 'here I am, a brain the size of a planet and you want me to …'. Mind you, he really has his moments, especially when he is talking to a robot tank, and simply by being himself, ends up getting the tank to literally destroy itself (by shooting away the floor underneath it). In the end, it is the classic line that he gives when he is at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe (which is have quoted in the title, so I won't repeat it here) which is probably my favourite line of the entire series. Oh, and prophet that rocks up at the restaurant just before the universe ends, and doesn't get a chance to finish his apology for being late. Maybe, just maybe, I'm being a little harsh on this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Masoud Irannejad

    از کتاب اولش (راهنمای کهکشان برای اتواستاپزنها) خیلی بهتر بود از کتاب اولش (راهنمای کهکشان برای اتواستاپ‌زن‌ها) خیلی بهتر بود

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex Farrand

    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 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 lunchtime, and had them all shot, so nothing now lies in the way of ..." I don't know why I laughed at this part, but I did. I guess it was just so unexpected. Thank goodness I could listen to this book while painting. It is just a ridiculous book, looking for the answer of life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cavanşir Gadimov

    Bir mizah, bilim kurgu ve uzay romanı. Yazar bir yandan okuru uzayın derinliklerindeki maceralara götürürken, bir yandan da bol bol güldürüyor. Kitapla ilgili incelemem: http://kitapokurum.blogspot.com/2018/...

  25. 4 out of 5

    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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Raúl Omar

    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 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 crisis was that I started reading The Restaurant at the End of the Universe as soon I as was done with the first book. There was still a crisis I didn't know if I could avoid, and that was the What-the-hell-this-is-not-as-good-as-it-was-supposed-to-be crisis. Fortunately, that crisis never came. This book is as good as its predecessor. I have no idea of what happened in the first half and don't know how to feel about that, then I remembered that I have no idea of what happened in the entire first book either so I got over it. To be honest, for moments I felt the first half was somehow slow, yet the humor and the randomness are great. I even believe this one is funnier, or maybe it's just me kind of starting to understand. Idk. I cannot say I was disappointed. Now I just want to start reading Life, the Universe and Everything as soon as it arrives.

  27. 4 out of 5

    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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    وَرپریده

    «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 خ «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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amin

    به هر کسی که میتونه مردم رو راضی کنه بهش رای بدن و رییسش کنن، اصلا و ابدا نباید اجازه داد که رییس بشه. دو سوم ابتدایی کتاب نسبت به کتاب اول به نظر من جالبتر بود. هم خط داستانی مشخصتری داشت و هم طنزش ملموستر بود. با این حال توی یک سوم پایانی باز ضعیف شد. در مجموع قصد خوندن باقی مجموعه رو ندارم. از ترجمه هم راضی نبودم. ترجمه این کتاب کار راحتی نیست و این موضوع قابل کتمان نیست، اما به نظرم آقای آرش سرکوهی هم نتونسته اونجور که باید و شاید از پس ترجمه بر بیاد. حالا از سختی متن کتاب برای ترجمه هم بگذری به هر کسی که می‌تونه مردم رو راضی کنه بهش رای بدن و رییسش کنن، اصلا و ابدا نباید اجازه داد که رییس بشه. دو سوم ابتدایی کتاب نسبت به کتاب اول به نظر من جالب‌تر بود. هم خط داستانی مشخص‌تری داشت و هم طنزش ملموس‌تر بود. با این حال توی یک سوم پایانی باز ضعیف شد. در مجموع قصد خوندن باقی مجموعه رو ندارم. از ترجمه هم راضی نبودم. ترجمه این کتاب کار راحتی نیست و این موضوع قابل کتمان نیست، اما به نظرم آقای آرش سرکوهی هم نتونسته اونجور که باید و شاید از پس ترجمه بر بیاد. حالا از سختی متن کتاب برای ترجمه هم بگذریم، انتخاب زبان محاوره برای ترجمه قسمت‌های غیر محاوره‌ای و باز توی همین قسمت‌ها هم گاهی جا به جا شدن بین زبان محاوره و کتابی، به شدت اعصاب خرد کن بود. یک نکته هم که توی بخش یکی مونده به آخر بهش برخوردم و برام عجیب بود، مهم‌ترین سوال جهان بود که پاسخش می‌شد چهل و دو. در کمال تعجب اونجا سوالی که پاسخش میشه چهل و دو، شش نه تا عنوان میشه 😐 من فکر کردم مشکل تایپی از نسخه فارسیه، اما وقتی با نسخه اصلی مطابقت دادم دیدم اونم همینو نوشته 😐 نمیدونم حالا اینم یه چشمه‌ی دیگه از طنز خارق‌العاده (!) جناب آقای آدامز هست که خواسته با ریاضیات شوخی کنه یا اینکه کلا ریاضیش ضعیفه این بنده خدا یا چی. از درک من خارج بود، اگه کسی میتونه منو روشن کنه، استقبال می‌کنم. پ.ن: ولی یک فصل این کتاب بود که واقعا خنده منو در آورد و اون موقع هم توی مترو بودم و نمی‌تونستم بخندم :))) کسانی که بیشتر از همه سودای حکومت کردن بر مردم رو در سر دارند، درست به دلیل همین آرزو کمتر از همه‌ی آدم‌های دیگه برای این کار مناسب‌اند

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paria

    خیلی بامزه و جذاب بود. خیلی خیلی بهتر از جلد اولش :)

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