Well this book provided me with a first it is the first book as an adult I have started reading and not finished Usually, no matter how dull a book gets, I plough on to the end in hope of a revival 3 4 of the way through, but of The Dice Man, 140 pages were all I could bear before it was thrown in a charity shop bag On reading the back of the book I had high hopes the concept sounded fantastic, really interesting and fun I thought I d found a real page turner But no how wrong I was I am astounded at what a let down this turned out to be I have got a degree in psychology and therefore I can t blame my dislike of The Dice Man on not getting it not that you need a degree in psychology to understand the concept of the book Equally, I think I have a pretty good sense of humour and I would be reluctant to say I missed the humour of it In short, I just thought it was absolutely rubbish Without going into too much detail I ve wasted enough time on this book already I found the thoughts, actions and justifications of Luke Rhinehart utterly ridiculous so much so I rolled my eyes and cringed on reading some of it We weren t really introduced to the concept of the dice led decisions in great detail and it seems like it was just a convenient way of justifying and writing sexual fantasies Actually, the book constantly goes on and on about sex don t be fooled this did not make it interesting it was not good, passionate sex I think the thing that put me off the most was the way it actually trivialised some extremely dispicable behaviours and almost made light of some extremely sensitive subjects I found it just rubbish An utter waste of time. RandomI can t believe I actually finished this book It s considered a cult classic and with my eclectic reading choices, I would always give something like this a chance I wish the dice had landed differently.I suppose at times we all wonder what it would be like to be totally unpredictable and random, so I thought this could be a great premise for a book Do we fall into a rut with life, sticking to what we are comfortable with and trying nothing new Is variety truly the spice of life The principle behind it reminded me to a certain extent with Who Moved My Cheese, although that s based in a personal development genre about forced change to facilitate constant learning and fulfilling our potential This book is a story about providing change options that are darkly desireable, unsavoury, criminal, self destructive, and leaving it up to the throw of the dice to which option to choose As you can imagine the story s appeal is the morally questionable options that get chosen.Interesting Idea, Bad Delivery The storyline doesn t flow well, forget about characterisation it s all about the shock factor Some of the events that the dice are used for are really uncomfortable including rape I didn t like any of the characters and I suppose it was always going to play into the sense of a person being shallow I found it difficult to maintain any interest and really couldn t recommend this book to anyone. Download ☭ The Dice Man ♴ The Cult Classic That Can Still Change Your LifeLet 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 I understand the appeal of the concept It s very intriguing, but the main character is a childish, racist, homophobic imbecile People who love this book are enad by a narcissist who supplies them a guilt free method to behave like psychopaths. Turgid, flabby, lackluster prose struggling to elevate an obscene and immoral wiseass I should have abandoned it as soon as I saw the page count, because as I suspected it is overblown, overlong, and over the top This is a shame because the world of mental illness has not been all that well depicted in fiction and the narrator starts out with quite a few choice and well phrased insights about depression and living with suicidal ideation It s just that they re anchored to such an unlikable pretentious windbag that I found it impossible to empathize.1.5 stars Think American Psycho but docile A Clockwork Orange but with less personality Small wonder that a book that explicitly promises to change your life takes itself too seriously to be much fun. In The Dice Man, the 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 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 You might feel like the events in these duds simply felt like a bunch of stuff happening with little meaning or motivation behind it all Sure, you can have some exciting set pieces and stick them together with a bit of chewing gum and duct tape, but it takes a lot of talent to maintain a sense of momentum from one happening to the next.At no point in my reading of the Dice Man did I feel it lose its footing This despite the fact that the entire draw of the book was to generate a constant flow of insanity It felt to me like running down a rocky mountain, completely exhilarated that even though I might trip and fall at any moment, my foot sprang from one step to the next and always found steady ground I really want to reiterate this point Not every author can achieve this sense of pace Even in Luke Rhinehart s sequel, The Search for the Dice Man, he seemed to have lost the knack for controlled madness But that s neither here nor there He did it once and once is wonderful enough.I don t usually re read old favourites, but I fully intend to pick up The Dice Man again someday I wholeheartedly encourage you to give it a try if you haven t read it before. The case of six sided man If that dice has a one face up, I m going downstairs to rape Arlene if it s not a one I ll go to bed Let the dice decide, who am I to question the dice It s the story of a man that became a dice man he starts consulting with the dice for everything, every single decision he sacrificed all of his life to dice will So he became a random man A man without pattern, without habit, without self, without ego totally unpredictable.It s an unbelievable, amazing , unmoral and sexy story of the diceman He tried everything, rape, murder, robbery, spirituality, womanizing, being gay even being a woman Warning This book will change your life if you follow it Warning Your new life won t acceptable by society s standard. The Dice Man resembles comic narratives set in academia, such as David Lodge s Small World An Academic Romance or Robert Grudin s Book However, this is not only a satire of the psychiatric industry in America at times, it reads like the type of radical re thinking of reality that often accompanies the emergence of a new religion Its protagonist is Luke Rhinehart, a professional psychiatrist who decides early in the novel to let dice determine his actions Before long, his dice throwing has serious consequences both in his personal and professional life.Not long ago, I wrote a negative review of Terry Southern s The Magic Christian there, I complained about the lack of depth in the main character and the somewhat formulaic plot For me, The Dice Man makes obvious what I find problematic with Southern s novel Rhinehart s protagonist is complex, and while some of his dice dictated behaviours are merely whimsical and eccentric, others go against his own sense of morality The question, then, is how far is Rhinehart willing to go in allowing the dice to decide for him In addition, in contrast to Southern s Guy Grand, who is wealthy and can afford to lose money, Rhinehart frequently experiences real loss as a result of his dice throwing, and is almost always at risk of losing.The novel half seriously includes passages from The Book of the Die, a fictional work that comments on the dicelife in language that parodies the Bible I refer to this as half serious because in fact the novel makes a strong argument that throwing dice to make decisions is just as sane and wise as any other method of determining one s future actions In this respect, The Dice Man resembles some of the great novels of ideas, like The Brothers Karamazov or The Magic Mountain In its philosophical gestures, The Dice Man is not too far from the work of Herman Hesse Although the book gets into big ideas, the writing is rarely abstract In this, the author follows Henry James s writing in the preface to Daisy Miller that the novelist must dramatize Nor does Rhinehart experiment with prose apart from the scriptural parodies, most of the passages that stand out stylistically are those depicting sexual actions In addition, the prose has a very contemporary tone to it apart from some references to Vietnam and encounter groups, there is little making this novel feel dated The novel is well plotted As Rhinehart refers and of his decisions to the dice, there is an escalation of the amount of the risk into which he puts himself For much of the narrative, this increased risk results in comic situations Late in the novel, however, Rhinehart s dice throwing involves some life and death decisions and there is one such decision that some readers may find has turned out a little too conveniently but if it had turned out much differently, this would have been a different kind of novel The author maintains the plot well and, in comparison to many other novels, the conclusion to which the narrative builds is one of the most satisfying I have seen it is certainly one of the best kinds of conclusions one could employ with regard to the ideas the novel explores.To sum up, The Dice Man is entertaining, funny, philosophical and worth the time Read it, and you too may find yourself questioning what is normal.
Author Too in Love with his Own Concept to See the Gaping Blindspots This is a novel which was recommended to me by friends as if you liked Fight Club you ll love this Though I can see the comparison, I liked Fight Club and I really didn t like this one Fight Club was lean and taut, this was bloated and outdated like some lecherous late middle aged guy you run in to at a party, who proceeds to trap you in a conversation you d rather not be in Once I started reading I discovered that my friends explanation of this book made sense and appealed 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 It is He does Lovely How very free 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 But nope it happens straight away, which doesn t strike me as very good plotting Also, the neighbour loves it, so it s not really rape Women are always gagging for it, aren t they Rad, dude.The problem at the core of this book is that narrator Luke Reinhart and the author Luke Reinhart are, I d venture pretty much one and the same in their viewpoints 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 He loses his job, wife and family along the way but it s cool, cause now he s living wild and crazy and free and doing stuff he d never normally do Well, it s definitely wild and crazy, but I fail to see why that s the stated aim, and I don t believe the new experiences are worth what each Dice Experiment character throws away in the process Frustratingly, the plot does light on all my counter arguments always put forward by the narrator s psychologist colleagues , but 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 Great now he can really get on with his work It s the same dumb TV logic which sees 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 the 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 1971 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 risk 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 in 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 Oh, and he s just bought his first motorbike and wants to tell you all about it It s really powerful, sensual, raw You should try it some time, come for a ride with me All in all Luke Rhinehart you re icky and please take your midlife crisis elsewhere. Original review, Dec 2009 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 if it s a one, I ll rape Arlene 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 works out nicely After a while, he starts making and 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 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 Now roll a die and decide on what to do next If it s a six, you can post an angry commentUpdate, Dec 2019 If you re curious to know about the background, here is an interesting article from this morning s Guardian.Note that the description of the initial dice episode misquotes the book The narrator definitely says I ll rape Arlene , not I ll sleep with Arlene I found an online copy of the text and checked.