The Dice Man Paperback – 6 Dec 1999
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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.See all Product description
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On occasion it can seem too absurd, sometimes it seems too dark, others too pornographic, but then such is the nature of the chronicles about a man of chance who's every decision is made by rolling dice.
I found more interest in the first half of the book because it contained a lot of theory and deep questions about what it is to be a modern human. The end kept me interested but lacked the social commentary that's prevalent in the earlier chapters.
The book could have stood to be about a third of the size it was, the prose is a little turgid at times, the jumps between narrative voice are often rather dull and break up the flow of the piece. Furthermore the set pieces tend towards sexual acts that would probably have been considered more shocking in the days before internet porn but that have all long since passed into cliche. There is a lot of great ideas to consider and the novel is definitely one of the more thought provoking books I have ever read however it lacks the grace of style that would earn it a place in the cannon of great philosophical works
The book was entertaining, very funny and semi-plausible to start off with, but just over half way drifted into completely-beyond-absurd territory, especially when "Die Centers" were set up all over the world. It is very hard to relate to Dr Rhinehart, but worth reading his memoirs all the same. The odds are you will enjoy it too!