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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (original 1988; edition 1991)

by Douglas Adams

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Title:The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Authors:Douglas Adams
Info:Pocket Books (1991), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams (1988)

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Published in 1988, this is the second book in the Dirk Gently series. I really enjoyed this one. I listened to the audio read by the author (great job) and also had a book. This is a fantasy/sci fi book where Dirk Gently is a detective. The title may seem to not fit the novel but wiki tells me that this title is a phrase that appeared in Adams' novel Life, the Universe and Everything to describe the wretched boredom of immortal being Wowbagger, the Infinitely Prolonged, and is a play on the theological treatise Dark Night of the Soul, by Saint John of the Cross and refers to that time on Sunday when the weekend is over and the weekday has not started "In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn't cope with, and that terrible listlessness which starts to set in at about 2:55, when you know that you've had all the baths you can usefully have that day, that however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the papers you will never actually read it, or use the revolutionary new pruning technique it describes, and that as you stare at the clock the hands will move relentlessly on to four o'clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soul." Dirk Gently calls himself a holistic detective. He has been hired by a man who wants to be protected from a large green monster set on killing him. He suspects the client is nuts but after he is found beheaded on a record that is playing "don't pick it up" he decides to follow the clues to find out what has happened. It is a riotous tale and truly quirky. I enjoyed this much more than I did The Hitchhikes Guide to The Galaxy. I did read it out of order and will need to eventually read the first book. This is a book with alternate universes of man and Valhalla. Technology is not very advanced in 1988 and this book makes fun of it. It's also about man forgetting the deities that had been called into being by humanities need for faith. ( )
1 vote Kristelh | Feb 4, 2017 |
What a waste of time. From barely there plots all mishmashed together nonsensically, to a ending so rushed I had to check out another copy to make sure I hadn't gotten a bad copy, nothing about this book was enjoyable. Sure, there were some one liners, but a couple of one liners do not make an enjoyable novel. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
The travails of trying to order a pizza, Valhalla in London, and unexpected encounters with Thor. I loved it. ( )
  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
As a tea addict, I adore the title but the meaning doesn't seem to be within the book. The sequel seems to be a little better than the first book. The last one seemed too genius even for its own author. When asked later, Adams couldn't really figure out how the pieces fit together (I couldn't either.) Even though this one doesn't have time travel or Electric Monks, I liked it more. Though the mystery seemed a little random, the individual pieces sure are interesting. As usual, I think Adams liked to write to get all of his wacky ideas out there. I don't think it's about the mystery. In the first book, everyone but Dirk seemed a little boring. But this time around, the other characters are allowed to be funny. Dirk runs into Kate and they are hilarious together. They should have hung around each other more. I love the bit with Dirk stealing the car mechanic's vehicle just long enough for the car mechanic to fix Dirk's car to chase him. And with certain mythological heroes making an appearance, I can definitely see Adams as a major influence on Neil Gaiman. I will take what Douglas Adams books I can, but as far as the 1001 list is concerned, I would have removed these two from the list and added the second and third of the Hitchhiker's books to the list. ( )
  booklove2 | Oct 15, 2016 |
The Dirk Gently books loosely follow the private (“holistic”) detective Dirk Gently, but honestly he’s just one of a group of characters. That’s the great thing about Douglas Adams: you don’t get a story resolving around one heroic main character; everyone is the protagonist in their own personal story. I can’t even explain what the plot of these books. They’re complicated and full of coincidence, and eventually resolve themselves into a story, if not necessarily a plot.

I didn't find this one quite as engaging as the first, but then again, I'd say the same thing about Hitchhikers. ( )
  Andibook | Jun 14, 2016 |
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Adams, Douglas NoëlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671742515, Mass Market Paperback)

When a passenger check-in desk at London's Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the explosion is deemed an act of God. But which god, wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently? What god would be hanging around Heathrow trying to catch the 3:37 to Oslo? And what has this to do with Dirk's latest--and late-- client, found only this morning with his head revolving atop the hit record "Hot Potato"? Amid the hostile attentions of a stray eagle and the trauma of a very dirty refrigerator, super-sleuth Dirk Gently will once again solve the mysteries of the universe...

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After a Heathrow Airport ticket counter explodes, intergalactic sleuth Dirk Gently finds himself up against a heavenly host of foes-- from the IRA to the Norse Gods.

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