Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1998
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What do a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, an Electric Monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics, a Chronologist over 200 years old, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet), and pizza have in common? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, England in 1952. He has written for radio, television and theater and has worked as a hospital reporter, barn builder, radio producer, and script editor. His bestsellers include "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency," and "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Some of these errors diminished understanding of the text altogether. For example, at a pivotal point during the novel, "a book fell out of the pocket" reads "a hook fell out of the pocket," in this edition. The non sequitur caused a cognitive paradox which tore the fabric of the universe around it, and kept me awake for an hour researching wherefore a hook should fall out of any bloody pocket in this novel in the first place.
Most people see the Dirk Gently novels as secondary to the Hitchhikers series, but in my opinion they approach, and in some places exceed, Hitchhikers. There is something endearing about Dirk Gently, perhaps it's his oddness that most of us can relate to in some way.
If you like slightly insane humour, or any of Adam's other works (which include several Dr. Who scripts as well as the hugely popular Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), you should definitely read this book!
Few books can survive multiple readings, but 'Dirk Gently's...' is one of them. The more you read it, the more there is and the more you realise what a genius Adams was.
It's not worth outlining the story or picking illustrations of the writing, suffice to say that this book is quite simply Adams at his brilliant best.
Buy it and read it until it falls apart. Then buy it again. You will NOT be disappointed.
However, while it may all seem fresh and new to some readers, for those familiar with Douglas Adams work on Doctor Who this novel will ultimately turn out to be a rather unsatisfying re-hash of old material.Read more ›
I'm a fan of Hitchhikers Guide, and also enjoyed the TV adaptation of Dirk Gently starring Stephen Mangan. so when this came up as a recommendation I thought I'd give it a try. It's very disjointed to start, and seems to take a long time to get going. Perhaps the only bad thing about a Kindle is seeing at the bottom of the screen how far through the book you are... I was 50% through before Dirk even came into the frame! It felt more like in Life, The Universe and Everything, where the Guide seemed to lose its way too. It did, however, pick up very quickly, and was much more like the sharp humour of the first two Hitchhikers books. If you're expecting the same as The Guide, you may be disappointed, but if you pick it up with a clear head, you'll enjoy once it picks up.
Overall an enjoyable read, but I'm not sure it's one I'll be reaching for again any time soon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A masterclass in comedy writing. Loved this book when I first read it 20years ago and still love it now on yet another reread.Published 4 days ago by D. Brooks
Forget about the narrative, like all of Douglas Adams' books you can't help but love how they are written. Read it.Published 10 days ago by Pen Name
Great books, arrived in a timely manner (especially as it was coming from the USA to the UK) and everything was as described. Thank you :)Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely senseless, nothing makes sense. If you are expecting more Hitchhiker's greatness, don't pick this up, they have nothing in common.Published 4 months ago by Nita
Excellent - but be careful of the end. I won't spoil it but if you get to the end and are a bit bothered by what just happened then you may have missed something ... I did. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Simon Shaw
I love pretty much everything Douglas Adams did. A rare wit that could make one laugh and think.Published 6 months ago by RK