- Author Douglas Adams
When I read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there was a feeling of relief because so many people like it, and I had liked it too! Once that was out the way, many said I had to read on to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe because it was even better. Thus the pressure was right back on again.
Thankfully, I enjoyed the whole restaurant business just as much as the first. It felt a lot easier to read, presumably because the characters are all embedded in my mind now, and finding a two-headed being as one of the main protagonists is no longer a surprise. I think I also liked that the Guide itself played less of a role in this one and was even discarded at the end. That may be sacrilege given it’s the concept for the books in the first place, but it was fun to get through the story without having to refer to the encyclopaedia every step of the way.
Events twist and turn as much as in the first book, but it’s always the little things that are the best: Teaching not-quite-cavepeople to play Scrabble. The cow that is offended by the idea of a salad. Breaking the computer by asking for a cup of tea. It’s all pure genius and totally wonderful, if a little bamboozling at times.