The Diceman - Luke Rhinehart

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The Diceman - Luke Rhinehart

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 Rhineh...

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published 31/07/2002 | anotherwiseguy
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As with my last book review (on Camus' The Plague) I feel I must be missing something here. I have heard so many rave reviews about the Dice Man that it was woth excitement that I shelled out my £7.99 in Borders, Oxford. This would be a real treat, I thought; an inspired modern work.

The central idea of the book, is after all, a powerful one. The psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart stops letting his life be governed by order and rules and instead lets it be governed by the 'whim of the Die'. Can't decide what to eat/who to sleep with/what to wear? Ask the Die. This is a promising start, yet my main complaint is that the whole book goes downhill from there.

You get the feeling that something really cataclismic is building, but it never quite happens. Rhinehart leaves his job, his wife, his kids. And then he bumbles around, with seeming endless funds, wasting his life away in 'Dice Centres'.

To the authors credit, the writing style is engaging and direct. This is in no small way however, the result of there being a sexual encounter in almost every chapter. Or perhaps not every chapter... one of the things you will learn to hate whilst going through this book is that the author has fallen into the immature trap of including many (perhaps ten) one sentence chapters. It really doesn't work. It looks stupid.

In case this wasn't enough, he has also felt the need to include some extracts from the 'Book of the Die' the bible from which the deranged Luke is supposed to be living his life. After the first extract which is basically less fun than reading the bible in ancient Hebrew, I skipped the rest. After all, they are just repiticious, pretentious interludes in the narrative. Why break the reader's concentration up like this?

Overall then, this book is a one-trick dog. It has a good idea and then hammers the same points and concepts at you so many times that there is a good chance you won't want to finish the damn thing, or even care when you eventually do.

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  • robertetheridge published 18/02/2003
    Great op! God Just Ignore my bro! :o) Bob
  • bollywoodman published 31/07/2002
    sounds rubbish! - wont be reading this then! - BM -
  • mbmb11 published 31/07/2002
    I read that he also throws the dice to decide to rape someone - that alone has put me off reading this! mel x
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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.

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Type: Fiction

Genre: Modern Fiction

Title: The Diceman, The Dice Man

Author: Luke Rhinehart

ISBN: 0006513905

EAN: 9780006513902

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


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