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Dice Man

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A 70s classic of sex, drugs, and, of course, dice. Bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart lives with his wife and two children in their "slightly upper, slightly east" apartment in Manhattan. Dissatisfied with both western and eastern philosophies alternately embracing the meaningfulness and meaninglessness of life, Luke is forever changed when he finds religion through the simple roll of the die and is "stunned and converted -- as only the utterly bored can be."

Let the dice decide!...

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Overview

A 70s classic of sex, drugs, and, of course, dice. Bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart lives with his wife and two children in their "slightly upper, slightly east" apartment in Manhattan. Dissatisfied with both western and eastern philosophies alternately embracing the meaningfulness and meaninglessness of life, Luke is forever changed when he finds religion through the simple roll of the die and is "stunned and converted -- as only the utterly bored can be."

Let the dice decide! This is the only path to liberation and truth for Dr. Rhinehart and his patients. It seems sex is always an option as they roll their way through therapy sessions, relationships, parenting -- even a mental institution break-out. Luke spreads his new religion with a hilarious combination of evangelical fervor and moral depravity, turning his life -- and in some ways the world -- on its ear. Once you hand your life over to the dice, anything can happen.

A rollicking good read and an irreverent parody of American psychoanalytical culture, The Dice Man is entertaining, humorous, shocking, and subersive -- one of the international cult bestsellers of our time.

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Editorial Reviews

Time
A blackly comic amusement park of a book.
Life Magazine
Witty...reckless...clever, a caper at the edge of nihilism.
Houston Post
Brilliant...much like Catch-22.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Weird, hilarious...an outlandishly enjoyable book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879518646
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 307,548
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    Interesting, Unique....The Six Sided Man

    Writing style is very important to me, and when the author fails to capture my attention, then the content deteriorates as well. The book reverses societal expectation and order by living life according to the decision of the dice based upon the options you give it. So every decision is attached to chance. Interesting idea, unlike anything I have ever considered, but it simply goes too far. But one good point he made was that every person has multiple personalities and society tries to suppress them all except for one, and the dice playing game tries to break such a pattern. Overall, I was able to gain a new perspective. It is certainly an influential read, but not the best. There are bits and pieces of good lines that make you stop and reflect.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    Stunning/Still Timely

    Makes you think about man's destiny and his desire/ability to influence it in the age of Chaos Theory. Brilliant parody of modern day psychology. If there is any criticism I would say it would have benefitted from less emphasis on the sexual theme, although that is somewhat nitpicking. Read it now!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2010

    The Dice Man

    I read this book when came out first, 1971 publish in England. I think is everybodys dream to live like that. and see what life next stage is going to be. At the same time the pen name is very much to the attraction of the book. Another one that is very good is The Book of the Dice, by the same writer. Drugs, sex and RR make in the late 60s and this is what is all about taking chances with life, that most of us do every day no matter what, just crossing the road, driving. Is well worth and good for the spirit if you have one of course.

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    Unlike anything I have ever read.

    This is definitely listed among my list of top novels. The author writes in such a way that I couldn't stop reading and laughing, yet being deeply effected at the same time. I don't know how much longer I can last until I succumb to the temptation of rolling the dice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    life changing

    This book is absolutely wonderful. It makes you look at life from a different prespective.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2001

    One of the best modern books

    This is no ordinary book, nothing like Oprah's stuff or other best sellers; this is the most satirical and anarchist book I've ever read, it's funny, sexy, totally bright and my god I enjoy so much the entire reversal of the social order !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2000

    UNBELIEVABLE

    THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 12, 2010

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