My father introduced me to ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, one of the books he loved. I think it was the first time I read a truly funny, laugh out loud book. I never knew that books, written text, could be so funny. It has always remained one of my favorite books, with just my kind of humor. And even though I knew that Douglas Adams has written more books, it wasn’t up until now that I actually read one of them, ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’.
Usually I put a short summary of the book, without spoilers, in the second paragraph of my review. But how do you summarise a Douglas Adams book? It’s a collection of weird happenings and characters that all come together in the end, with a lot of absurd humor and mind bending actions. This book is no different.
It is different however from the 2012 BBC series, which is based on this book and its sequel. This surprised me (positively) a lot, and made the book even more fun to read. It is another true Adams classic, one that makes me sad (again) that there won’t be any new work from him. Five out of five stars, and a worthy entry on the “1001 books you must read before you die”-list.