Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is one of the most extraordinary ventures in the entire history of catering. It is ... enclosed in a vast time bubble and projected forward in time to the precise moment of the End of the Universe."

I'm so down for this joint! Sneak me on your spaceship, snag me in a time warp, whatever it takes – I want to visit this restaurant and watch the universe implode from a safe vantage. I want to dine with "a fascinating cross-section of the entire population of space and time."

Just imagine the peace of watching all the madness of creation go boom-boom, bye-bye. The wonder of seeing it happen. And knowing you can return to your life, or come back for another viewing, or zip over to a different restaurant to watch the Big Bang.

That's right, the Big Bang, the start of it all, for better or worse. As Douglas Adams wrote: "In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."

The restaurant itself is just one small factor of this story, despite featuring in the cool-ass title. But it strikes my fancy, the thought of such a fabulous freakin' dinner show in a room full of fascinating people from everywhere and everywhen.

Overall, however, this book wasn't as fun and fast a ride as its predecessor, but it still had the ol' Adams charm. I wish the sole female main character, Trillian, had more than a few meager throwaway lines, though.

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