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Monday, April 23, 2018

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) by Douglas Adams


Book Review
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987)
 by Douglas Adams

  In Junior High, Douglas Adams was one of my favorite authors, specifically, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was  a threshold title between Young Adult/Genre Fiction and the headier world of literature.  In my own experience, Adams preceded the Beats and Herman Hesse, and his treatment of philosophical issues, humorous though they might be, spurred my own interest in, "Life, The Universe and Everything"

  I remember the paperback copy of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. I can still remember the cover art from the decade plus it sat on my bookshelf.  I don't have the paperback any longer, so I read the Ebook on my Kindle smartphone app.  This is an almost perfect book for an Ereader- it's decently long but not too long, and the prose is breezy enough to make switching between the book and other apps easy. 

  As for the book itself, not as funny as I remember it, but in 2018, large swathes of the humor industrial complex have adapted to the combination of humor and whimsy that marked this book as distinctive when it was released.  There is even, most improbably, a television version.

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