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The Dice Man

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 38mm | 381.02g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0006513905
  • 9780006513902
  • 31,568

Review Text

Luke Rhinehart, he's the psychiatrist of his untoward and unruly novel, has written this swinging account of the whole new therapy he structures - a kind of emotional roulette in which "anybody can be anybody." This is to counteract the dismal success of analysis which only manages to well-adjust everyone to boredom. Until now Luke's been "passive, compassionate, non-interruptive, non-directing. . . . More precisely he resembles a redundant moron." But he discovers, faster than you can remember Iacta est alea, that the dice offer liberating and exciting options, uses them to determine Habit-Breaking patterns with enormous sex potential and Role-Playing possibilities - a different one every day. He rapes his co-shrink's wife and leaves his own and his children, establishes the Dice Centers which Time calls "motel madhouses," redirects his clientele's lives in an outrageous fashion, and finally commits the ultimate. . . murder. Mr. Rhinehart's book goes on a little too long but there are some chaotic and, well, dicey scenes of great invention and bonafide humor. The odds are that this will be a winning combination and certainly his rowdy, seriocomic talent is splendidly displayed. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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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 Wilsonshow more

About Luke Rhinehart

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.show more

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12,148 ratings
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4 33% (3,995)
3 25% (3,035)
2 11% (1,288)
1 6% (770)
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