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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The cult classic that can still change your life Let the dice decide! This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart – and in some ways changes the world as well. Because once you hand over your life to the dice, anything can happen.
Entertaining, humorous, scary, shocking, subversive, The Dice Man is one of the cult bestsellers of our The cult classic that can still change your life Entertaining, humorous, scary, shocking, subversive, The Dice Man is one of the cult bestsellers of our time.
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Paperback rhinenart, pages. Published by HarperCollins first published United States of America. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Rhinehqrt ask other readers questions about The Dice Manplease sign up. I’m directing a documentary that partly uses the diceman’s plot. Please email me at terrancesenane gmail. Bill Fairclough See https: See 1 question about The Dice Man…. Lists with This Book. Apr 28, Judith rated it liked it.
I let the dice dictate what review I write. My review should be So now I am stuck with having to write a review in rhyme: Rhinehart in this book sets out to do The dice control what he eats, when he sleeps, when he goes to I let the dice dictate what review I write.
Rhinehart in this book sets out to do The dice control what he eats, when he sleeps, when he goes to the loo. In his eyes the dice will liberate mankind And though in itself this is quite an interesting find, The book is just too long and has too much sex for my taste I would have preferred it shorter and a bit more chaste.
So though I enjoyed it and liked the principle idea, Out of 5 tge book for me scores only a simple 3. View all 11 comments. Sep 19, Hannah Eiseman-Renyard rated it it was ok Shelves: Once I started reading I discovered that my friends’ explanation of this book made more sense and appealed more than the book itself does.
Yes, if you decide to assign random actions to different sides of dice and throw them – you will by your own made up rules have to go do the thing it lands on. But don’t you dare lose track of the fact that you’re the one who put those six outcomes on that die.
You’re still in control, stupid. Psychologist narrator decides one day to just play with possibilities. His very first one is “if this die is a one, I’ll go rape my neighbour. I’d been told about this bit, but I’d always assumed it was further along in the book, something dark and disturbing which he builds up to.
Also, the neighbour loves it, so it’s not really rape. Women are always gagging for it, aren’t they? And it’s a one-dimensional, pseudo-revolutionary viewpoint with no regard for other human beings. They both think that living randomly is awesome. Like, so totally awesome that the narrator throws away most of his established life in the process of following this dumb idea of the roll of the dice.
Frustratingly, the plot does light on all my counter-arguments always put forward by the narrator’s psychologist colleaguesbut they’re always just brushed aside as unhip.
Nevermind this square life where you don’t rape your neighbours – this dude’s living free! They fired him at work? It’s the same dumb TV logic which rhineharr cops only catching the murderer once they’re suspended from the case. This book is a big-assed brick of a novel, and if you’re not charmed and amused by the narrator, or if you’re not into rhinehar machismo – yet lack of sense of self ie personality or scruples – which the narrator character enthuses about for most of the book, it’s going to be a trudge.
I wonder how different my reading of this might have been if I’d read it in social context when it came out in the same year as the Stanford Prison Experiment, as it so happens. It seems to be bourne of that same Stanford Prison Experiment thinking which is willing to lhke treading on people en route to gaining a deeper psychological understanding of human nature. I also wonder how different this novel would be if it hadn’t been written rhinebart the early 70s. The two seem inextricably linked, and not in a good way.
Like I said — think bloated middle-aged guy at a party. You should try it some time, come for a ride with me. View all 16 comments. Dec 02, Manny rated it liked it Shelves: The basic plot of The Dice Man is simple. The hero, pretty drunk, is cleaning up one evening after a party. He sees a die lying under a playing card, and a thought comes into his head: He picks up the card, and it is, indeed, a one!
So he goes downstairs to his neighbor, and says he’s going to rape her. As it happens, no rape is needed, since she’d anyway been thinking that he was rather hot, and what a shame he’d never tried anything. They begin an affair, which The basic plot of The Dice Man is simple.
They begin an affair, which works out nicely. After a while, he starts making more and more decisions by throwing dice. Many of these decisions result in him having various kinds of sex that he wouldn’t otherwise have had.
It’s easy to say what’s wrong with this book; Hannah does a fine job in her review, and I don’t have much to add to that.
But here’s what I think is good about it. People are generally brought up to believe that they are in control of their lives. In particular, they are encouraged to assume that, when they have sex with someone, it’s because they decided to do it, for good reasons that they thought about carefully. But if you’re honest with yourself, you probably won’t have much trouble thinking of at least a couple of occasions when you’ve had sex with someone, or made another important decision, for no very good reason at all.
What Luke Reinhart is doing here is foregrounding that. He’s saying that, once you admit that these things sometimes just happen, you feel a sense of liberation. You aren’t completely in control, and external circumstances are sometimes more important than your will and your judgment; you might as well accept it.
I think some people interpret the book a bit too literally. Of course, if you take it at face value, and decide that you really should make all your decisions randomly, your life will rapidly collapse around you.
I would say he’s just telling you that, if you embrace the idea that your existence is a combination of both planning and random chance, you could enjoy it more. Now roll a die and decide on what to do next. If it’s a six, you can post an angry comment View all 12 comments.
This book is awful. I don’t know how it was a best seller in the 70’s. The worst thing about it is that you can tell the author is enamored by his main character, who is a narcissistic imbecile.
It’s a childish, racist, homophobic rant by someone who’s sexually frustrated. View all 5 comments. Sep 23, Simon Fay rated it it was amazing Shelves: In The Dice Manthe first time the protagonist picks up the dice to choose what the rest of his life will look like, the moment is given an appropriate amount of weight.
His standard existence up to this point has been described as comfortable, if a little banal, while the option of shattering it is an exciting possibility achieved through a completely amoral act: The rape of his neighbour’s wife.
It’s a bold opening that would be hard to forget in any instance, but what’s amazing is that Luke R In The Dice Manthe first time the protagonist picks up the dice to choose what the rest of his life will look like, the moment is given an appropriate amount of weight.
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It’s a bold opening that would be hard to forget in any instance, but what’s amazing is that Luke Rhinehart succeeds in creating a story that actually lives up to this moment.
In point of fact, he doesn’t just exceed expectations for a chapter or two – he continually tops himself right up until the very end. There’s a legend that the author adopted a bit of The Dice Man’s lifestyle when plotting the novel. If he wasn’t sure where the story should go, he’d simply roll the dice and let faith decide.
It’s a handy exercise for anybody who’s dealt with writer’s block, but it doesn’t give Mr. Rhinehart the credit he’s due. We’ve all read books that didn’t glue together.