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Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Long Dark Read after Breakfast

Next morning I took a dip in the hotel pool and read for an hour, finishing 'The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul'. I have to say that I was disappointed. While Adams's jigsaw-type style might work on a cosmic canvas, but the London backdrop just highlights how silly the whole thing is. Not funny mind, just silly. I know that detective stories, even comic fantasy ones, are more about uncovering a pre-existing story than progressing the detective's own, but in this case, it's just not worth it. The story is too wild and weak to be believeable even in a fantasy context. Dirk Gently himself is no Arthur Dent, and quite apart from the fact that his role is minimal, he is simply not likeable enough to care about. Then there are the supposedly funny digressions (the eagle in the house, the fridge) that seem more like padding for an unwisely ambitious short story. And as to the ending! Yes, I was disappointed. Sad, given that it was his last completed book.


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