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The Dice Man [Unknown Binding]

Luke Rhinehart
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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Book Description

18 Jun 2002

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 time.


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  • Unknown Binding: 560 pages
  • Publisher: PerfectBound (18 Jun 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0007151640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007151646
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,102,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luke Rhinehart has written four other acclaimed novels: Matari, Long Voyage Back, Adventures of Wim and The Search for the Dice Man, sequel to the bestselling The Dice Man. He lives in the USA.

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‘Touching, ingenious and beautifully comic’
Anthony Burgess

‘Hilarious and well-written… sex always seems to be an option’
Time Out

‘Brilliant… very impressive’
Colin Wilson

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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 time.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to die for 14 Aug 2005
Format:Unknown Binding
"The Dice Man" was first published in 1971; written by George Cockcroft under the guise of his alter ego, Luke Rhinehart, the book attracted a cult following and has remained a popular - and controversial - work, seen by many as subversive and permissive.
Cockcroft had worked in the mental health field in the USA, obtaining his doctorate in psychology from Columbia, then taught English and psychology before becoming a full-time writer with the success of "The Dice Man". Marketed with the subheading, 'This book can change your life', it poses as a work of non-fiction, apparently written as an autobiographical insight by successful New York psychoanalyst, Luke Rhinehart. Rhinehart reflects on his successes and notoriety, the book being presented as a retrospective on his life, an explanation of how he came to discover the dice phenomenon and the major changes to his life occasioned by it.
Inspired by an intriguing happenstance, Rhinehart one day makes a decision. He lists half a dozen options then rolls the die to decide which one he should follow. The result pushes his boundaries and opens up a new set of experiences. Bit by bit, he hands his life over to decisions made by roll of the die. The result is a hilarious, amoral rampage of a novel as he infects others with his ideas and injects a pattern of chaos into the chaotic order of his urbane, successful world.
Rhinehart pushes the boundaries to extremes and beyond. It contrasts with Cockroft's own dicing lifestyle - he says he started rolling dice to break down his shyness and stuffiness as an academically inclined teenager. He saw rolling a die as a means to break away from habit and reformulate himself.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Quite simply the best book I have read in a long, long time. Combines the rational thought of most human beings with the "don't give a shit," attitude we would all like to use, sometimes.
How many of us have been sat in work on a dreary, wet Thursday afternoon and looked out the window and thought, "there has to be something different to this," or thought of just getting up from where you're sat and walking off on some adventure.
Well, Luke Rhinehardt takes his boundaries and pushes them as far as he can. Admittedly he does go a little far with some, but it does show that we really are trained into a certain train of thought however free we actually believe ourselves to be. There are things we would all like to do, good and bad, and Luke Rhinehardt explores these avenues of the human condition.
Everyone should read this book, and I dare anyone to read it and not make at least one major decision using the die.
Even though Luke Rhinehardt is a fictional character it could be you or I, and you will see what I mean when you read the book.
So go on, pick up the die, roll it, if it's a 1,2 or 3 then you will buy the book now and start reading it, if it's a 4 or 5 you will leave it for one year exactly and roll again. If it's a six you get out of your chair now, go to your bosses house or office and cut off each one of his thumbs with a blunt letter opener. Remember now, don't roll that die if you're not willing to do as it says.
Remember, the die is your friend, keep it safe.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy pulp classic 22 Dec 2002
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Format:Paperback
This was recommended to me after I read/saw Fight Club and went through most of Chuck Palanuik's books, which were mostly filled with the kind of social commentary that would terrify even the most relaxed governments and politicians. On opening this book, I had no idea what to expect.
From the off, Rhinehart's detailed style is fanatastic. His character building is flawless; there isn't one useless, throwaway stereotype in here (apart from maybe Arturo X) and most have a major part to play. The opening scene at the breakfast table is the picture of normality, but every chapter in the book is related with genuine brilliance.
The book's strongpoint, however, is the way the writing style constantly changes to reflect the increasingly random acts that (the autobiographical character) Rhinehart finds himself involved in. Sure, the philosophy is long-winded in places, but bloody fascinating all the same; at other times it can be laugh-out-loud funny. The best part of the early half of book finds Rhinehart relating the role of the dice to a religious virgin in order to get into her pants, while slowly getting her tanked with drink (the die told him to).
The acts at first are quite low-key (well, as much as crawling too work in a tuxedo can be), but later on Rhinehart trusts the dice with total control. When the police get involved later on the book, the dialogue in the interview rooms is hilarious as Rhinehart attempts to justify his actions.
This is a book full with social commentary and just as chaotic and anarchic as Fight Club. Bearing in mind this was the tale end of the 70's, it must have been truly groundbreaking back then; however this book still holds total relevance in today's society.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yawns
This book was great at the start. (Rec read by my best friend) but then the character became a bore. So I've set the book down on my shelf... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Miss Unique
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I have recommended this book so many times. I love it. Fed up with your routine and looking for some fun? Buy this book.
Published 28 days ago by Frank
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Roll a die and give it a 5/6 chance to choose another book. Although it had some good elements about the regularity of man and the dominance of our settled personality over our... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pal
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended as a 'life changer'
Can't say I found it 'life changing', not remotely so. Interesting idea. I thought it was a little bloated. The thought of reading a sequel did not appeal.
Published 1 month ago by Gerard Deegan
4.0 out of 5 stars Deeper and more involved than I had anticipated
I've always steered clear of this book in the past on the basis that it was always on sale amongst the limited selection they have in HMV stores. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Discerning Reader/Viewer
3.0 out of 5 stars I Rolled A Three
What if every decision in your life was based on the roll of a dice?

That's essentially the central premise of the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by George Kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Book recommended for book club
At first it seemed amusing, but it became repetitive and not something that held my interest, I tried moving on in the book to see if it got better, I was disappointed.
Published 2 months ago by catherine mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for Thought
An interesting read that poses many questions about what it is to be human. If you have considered how different the human condition might be if we were to abandon learned... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Very good book, slow to read in parts but overall very interesting and shocking. Good psychological book with exciting flare.
Published 3 months ago by Meg Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars shame its not for real
i didnt actually finish this book. gave up about 75% through. it was hugely enjoyable until i discovered that its just a novel and not an autobiography - after which it loses it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brank
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