The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams

“Volume Two in the Trilogy of Five”
Sjanger: science fiction/humor
Først utgitt: 1980
Denne utgave utgitt:
2010
Forlag: Del Rey
Format: E-bok (samleutgave)
Sider: 256

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Om boka: Warning! This second volume in the «Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy» series is definitely not a standalone book. Enjoying, or even understanding, the continuing adventures of Earthling Arthur Dent, his strange pal Ford Prefect, and the very, very odd Zaphod Beeblebrox requires previous study and preparation. Confusion and possible insanity awaits the poor soul who tries to figure out the second title without having read the first. Arthur and Ford, having survived the destruction of Earth by surreptitiously hitching a ride on a Vogon constructor ship, have been kicked off that ship by its commander. Now they find themselves aboard a stolen Improbability Drive ship commanded by Beeblebrox, ex-president of the Imperial Galactic Government and full-time thief.
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Den elleville ferden jordboeren Arthur Dent ble dratt ut på i bok nummer en fortsetter som før i oppfølgeren. Og da lurer man jo selvsagt på om Douglas Adams klarer å opprettholde genistreken han klarte i Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Vi trenger ikke å gå rundt grøten; svaret er ja. JA! Jippi!

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.

Det er noe eget med denne forfatteren. Ryktene skal ha det til at han faktisk ikke var spesielt begeistret for å skrive. Det er jo eventuelt litt bittert for meg, som elsker å skrive uten å få til det helt store, men et artig (mulig) faktum er det nå uansett. Noe av det mest fantastiske med denne femdelte trilogien er at du faktisk ikke har noen form for mulighet til å forutse hva som venter deg på den neste siden. Adams har en egen evne til å klare å overraske deg med de mest bisarre ting, som for eksempel sofaen som galloperer rundt på slettene 2 millioner før vi befinner oss her. Hvordan forutser man noe sånt? Man gjør ikke det.

To summarize: it is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.

Men det er jo ikke bare evnen til å overraske deg som gjør Adams til slik en glitrende forfatter; vi må så absolutt ikke glemme evnen hans til å beskrive situasjoner, tanker, mennesker og følelser. Jeg fniser når jeg tenker tilbake på beskrivelsene av Arthurs reaksjon hver eneste morgen de fem årene han er fanget alene i en tid han ikke egentlig skulle være. Latteren sitter løst når jeg tenker på Marvin, den deprimerte og paranoide androiden. Også er det jo selvsagt det åpenbare: Adams har en satirisk undertone. Han er ikke «bare» morsom og smågal, skildringene er ofte kommentarer til samfunn og holdninger. Alt dette blandes sammen i en unik og ellevill historie.

On Earth – when there had been an Earth, before it was demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass – the problem had been with cars. The disadvantages involved in pulling lots of black sticky slime from out of the ground where it had been safely hidden out of harm’s way, turning it into tar to cover the land with, smoke to fill the air with and pouring the rest into the sea, all seemed to outweigh the advantages of being able to get more quickly from one place to another – particularly when the place you arrived at had probably become, as a result of this, very similar to the place you had left, i.e. covered with tar, full of smoke and short of fish.

Har du bestemt deg for å begi deg ut på reisen med Arthur, Ford, Zaphod, Marvin, Trillian og alle de andre enda? Godt, det var på tide. Men du? Ikke les den i full offentlighet, for du kommer faktisk til å le høyt, enten du vil det eller ikke. (Det er sant. Jeg kjenner ikke en eneste en som ikke spruter ut i latter med jevne mellomrom av disse bøkene). Selv velger jeg å nyte disse i små porsjoner, i vill frykt for at jeg skal gå tom for Douglas Adams altfor tidlig. Avslutter med visdomsord fra kapteinen for flåten med middelmådige mennesker: One is never alone with a rubber duck.

4 Responses to “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams”


  1. 1 ebokhylla mi mai 4, 2011, kl. 19:33

    Å milde himmel, jeg hadde helt glemt ut trilogien i 5 bøker! Den er fullstendig genial! Tusen takk for at du minnet meg på dette kunstverket av en absurd story!🙂 Jeg bare MÅ få meg en ebok-kopi av disse! Amazon here I come :-))

  2. 3 Haruhi mai 5, 2011, kl. 09:29

    Jeg er nesten like fascinert av Douglas Adams the man, som jeg er av HGTG. Nesten. Jeg leste en bok (skrevet av en forholdsvis ung Gaiman) om historien bak HGTG, og om Adams himself, ganske forstyrrende, men også veldig fascinerende. Litt ekkelt at det later til at en av mine desiderte favorittforfattere egentlig ikke likte å skrive…


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