The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
Price: £1.67

or
 
   
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul [Paperback]

Douglas Adams
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.59  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £5.59  
Paperback, 13 Oct 1989 --  
Audio, Cassette, Audiobook, Unabridged --  
Unknown Binding --  
Audio Download, Unabridged £10.70 or Free with Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial

Book Description

13 Oct 1989
When a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shot up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame the usual people tried to claim responsibility. First the IRA, then the PLO and the Gas Board. Even British Nuclear Fuels rushed out a statement to the effect that the situation was completely under control, that it was a one in a million chance, that there was hardly any radioactive leakage at all and that the site of the explosion would make a nice location for a day out with the kids and a picnic, before finally having to admit that it wasn’t actually anything to do with them at all. No rational cause could be found for the explosion – it was simply designated an act of God. But, think Dirk Gently, which God? And why? What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15:37 to Oslo? Funnier than Psycho... more chilling than Jeeves Takes Charge ... shorter than War and Peace... the new Dirk Gently novel, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.


Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan; New Ed edition (13 Oct 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330309552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330309554
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Product Description

About the Author

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.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a holistically funny book! 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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cleese + Isaac Asimov = Douglas Adams 30 Jan 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some people just don't get it! 27 May 1999
By A Customer
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...
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes and Yes! 8 Dec 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Much can be said of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, most of it rather meaningless. After all, how many detective stories have a very dirty refrigerator as the key to the mystery and a detective with an 8th sense? The world of the gods has been drastically altered, and the realm of humanity has been adversely affected. Only one man can save both. Dirk Gently, super-sleuth. As is typical of Douglas Adams's genius, a series of seemingly meaningless and unrelated events turn out to be tremendously important...to the story anyway. Dirk has to relate all of these events to find out what is wrong, and an eagle following him down a street has a goodly amount of anger towards him, causing even more problems. Other...interesting (for lack of a better word) situations confront Dirk while on his quest, including car accidents, a man who had his head cut off and placed on a record player, and navigating a massive party thrown by the gods themselves. The situations, and the dialogue, keep the reader interested, as you end up asking yourself, "What the hell is going on?" Of course, they are also extremely funny. A rather interesting example, when Dirk is talking to Kate, a person nearly killed when the check-in desk at Heathrow Airport explodes, follows. Kate: "Well, this name here is Dennis Hutch, isn't it? See?" Dirk: "Oh, yes. Yes I do. Er, should I know that name?" Kate: "Well, it depends if you're alive or not, I suppose. He's the head of the Aries Rising Record Group. Less famous than the Pope, I grant you, but--you know of the Pope, I take it?" Dirk: "Yes, yes. White haired chap." Kate: "That's him. He seems to be the only person of note this envelope hasn't been addressed to at some time. Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Vastly inferior to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Published 2 days ago by tingo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Douglas Adams' books
Got the book but am separated from it and just had to reread it. Love Douglas Adams' books. Like the concept of what happens to gods when no-one believes in them any more
Published 20 days ago by J PHILLIPS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Brilliant!
Published 27 days ago by PG
5.0 out of 5 stars I prefer it to Hitchhikers
Having first read This book and also Dirk Gently many, many years ago, ( & re-reading them time after time because they are sublime) I thought I would look to see how they fared in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Royle
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb story
Only down side: The end, I wanted more and more!!
Amazing book and I look forward to reading it again just so I can see the jigsaw fits together!
Published 3 months ago by Jag Sandhu
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good....
as Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. It just seemed a little 'forced' for want of a better word. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Trevor
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the other Dirk Gently books
This book was very rambling and not very funny. Just not up to the usual standard of Douglas Adams novels, in my opinion.
Published 5 months ago by FP2
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant story...
Such a good story and the characters are excellent, I have read this so many times over the years...love it
Published 6 months ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect boook
Great book by awesome author, recommend by all means
Go to hell amazon with the stupid minimum word limit system
Published 10 months ago by Martin Holeysovskı
4.0 out of 5 stars a strange but very enjoyable read
read other Douglas Adams so thought i would give this one a try, strange but enjoyable read, and it all becomes apparent in the end, wont say anymore, but worth checking out
Published 10 months ago by joburty
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback