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Long, Dark Tea-time of the Soul Hardcover – 10 Oct 1988


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; 1st Edition edition (10 Oct. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434009210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773722293
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. After Douglas died the movie of Hitchhiker moved out of development hell into the clear uplands of production, using much of Douglas' original script and ideas. Douglas shares the writing credit for the movie with Karey Kirkpatrick.

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Caitlin B. Blanchard on 19 May 2005
Format: Paperback
Dirk Gently owns a 'holistic detective agency', believing that as all things are connected, seemingly random coincidences can solve a mystery. The mystery needing to be solved now involves a coke machine, disappearing- and re-appearing- norse gods, an american woman in england, a strange eagle that may have more to it than meets the eye, a private hospital for 'strange' cases, a demon with a contract, and, god forbid, LAWYERS.
The same, random, bizarre and genuinely funny humour from the writer of 'The HitchHikers Guide To the Galaxy' and while not as hysterical, incisive or purely brilliant as that series, is still a fantastic, and not wholly light-hearted piece of fiction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Sept. 2000
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If you've read any Douglas Adams books, e.g. any of the Hitch-Hikers Guide books then you'll know not to expect a run-of-the-mill story.
The book follows Dirk Gently who runs his very own holistic detective agency. Without wanting to spoil any of the surprises and twists that await you I'll just mention that the book really begins when a check-in desk at Heathrow Airport is engulfed in a ball of flames. This, remember, is where it begins - if you tried to guess where it ends I can assure you that you'd be wrong. Throughout the book Adams writes in very readable style, managing to sew the plot together well.
It occurs to me that if you're a Monty Python fan then you'll love this book. Alas, I only wish we'd studied books like this in school.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jan. 1997
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A reader of this book could easily get lost in Douglas Adams' unrelenting British dry humor and overlook the touching tragedy in his brilliant tale about immortal gods who have been cast aside, ignored and all but forgotten by their vapid subjects. His characters spend their time stumbling down a bouncing high-wire, teetering between silliness and profundity. Just when they seem in danger of plummeting off one side or the other, the author pulls them back and sends them down another plot twist that at first seems absurd and then seems absurd that it's all beginning to make sense. Adams has an ability to at once convey both the complexity and the insanity of the post-quantum physics world. This is a book which will help us understand why Einstein always had that bizarre, far-away look in his eyes. Einstein had caught a glimpse of the true nature of the universe -- and so will the reader of this extraordinary story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2004
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Kate Schechter should have taken the signs the universe was trying to give her. That's what she tells herself as she shows up at the airport for a trip to Norway in spite of all the warnings. Still, she is unprepared for the check in desk to be blown through the roof just after she misses her flight.
Meanwhile, Dirk Gently has hit a low. He has almost no money and no clients. Except the one he's forgotten about who promptly gets himself killed. Now Dirk feels responsible for not taking this guy's claims serious and wants to track down the green eyed monster. As if that weren't enough, he and his cleaning lady are having a war over who will open his fridge first, an out of order soda machine keeps appearing and disappearing, and he's being stalked by an eagle. What these seemingly unrelated events have to do with each other provides plenty of wacky entertainment.
I am still only mildly familiar with the books of Douglas Adams, and I simply must correct that. This fantasy novel was wonderfully strange and entertaining. The opening bits about the airport and Kate's trip had me laughing out loud. The laughs slowed down over the course of the book, but they were still plentiful. Maybe it's my normal reading of mysteries, but my only real complaint was an ending that was really more confusing then enlightening of what had gone on before.
This is a wonderful title sure to entertain. I must move more of his books higher up my to be read pile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 May 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I see so many reviews here about how this can't compare to HHGTTG or how the DGHDA books are just too confusing. They just don't seem to understand the sublime humor, complexity, and beauty wrought in these books. Its not the anything-for-laughs absurdity of the HHGTTG series; It tries to acheive a higher plane in humor. This book, spared the somewhat sluggish intro of its previous, works so well. The journey will bewilder you, but hang in and it'll start making sense. A masterpiece! Please, DNA, don't listen to all the whiners wishing for another quick-and-easy book in the HHGTTG series; That horse is long dead, so quit beating it. Continue on producing better books; Don't be dissuaded by the naysayers who can't let go of the past...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec. 1997
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Actually an improvement over the first Dirk Gently, the stakes not being so high improves the telling of the tale. Whereas the Hitchhiker ultimately disappointed in the last book, Dirk seems to improve and increase. Why Douglas has neglected him since then I wish I knew! There is an odd disjointed beauty in the overall structure, details such as the mental ward Dirk visits, the mystery of Harold Bell, the truck driver followed by a lovesick rain cloud stick in the mind. I found the tape version cleared up some of the more British details (the eagle with RAF marks on its wings, for example) without distracting from the whole. The only writer who seems to whet my appetite for more Adams isthe Japanese Haruki Murakami, who may have drunk from the same spring as Adams. But its not the same! Will Dirk ever solve the mystery of what happened to Fenchurch, from Hitchhikers? Mrsmishima
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