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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780006513902
ISBN-10: 0006513905
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 36mm)
Pages: 560
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 15-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Incredibly it's more than 30 years since this sex-obsessed and cruelly funny story was first unleashed on an unsuspecting world, and since that time it has deservedly gone on to become a well-established cult classic. Containing prose that can often soar to wonderfully original heights, it is as mischievous as it is misanthropic, and all the more masterful for it. Luke Rhinehart is a brilliant character - an exceptionally irritating psychiatrist, as well as being a dutiful family man, and enjoying all the privileges and problems that come with the territory. Yet he can scarcely see the point in anything anymore and has just about had enough of it all, with his life poised on the cusp of a major change. If one early barrage of near nihilistic opinions on the pitiful creature that is the human and the tragic quagmire that is everyday life is anything to go by, then that change is going to be pretty spectacular. And so begins the 'cunning chaos' that is the life of the Dice Man. No decision, no matter how big or small, will ever again be made by Rhinehart, unless it is so dictated by a throw of the dice. At first, all he has to do is assign each number with an option, and roll the bones, all he has to do after that is whatever the dice tells him. Clearly things can only get increasingly complicated, and it might well be a bit of a laugh to live by the dice if it involves something as simple as staying in or going out for the night. Not the Dice Man, though, who is happy to leave momentous matters to chance, and before long things are rapidly motoring out of control. In the most enjoyable way imaginable for the reader. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » 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)

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Author Biography - 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.

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