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But a few days later, after I have returned to England, he sends me an email. He shows me an excerpt from his diary, dated 10 Junewritten in Mallorca: God, this book was insane which is why it took me bloody ages to finish. This is the most unbelievable, strange book I ever read.

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. He wants another roll; he is enjoying the attention. This book really made me think about life. So, after carefully studying my options, I bought The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart which is a pen name – henceforth when I’m speaking about the author, I’ll refer to him by his real name, George Cockcroft yes, that is a ridiculous surname to avoid confusion.

They married in and had three sons: This book is awful. There was also a rather confusing sub-plot revolving around a teenage boy with something of a messiah complex that we never really get to the bottom of, or resolved satisfactorily. I gave them nothing, and they gave nothing in return. There were also points of real drama and tension which hooked me, and overall the entire concept was so well thought out and developed that part of me was continuously stunned by what I was reading through the entirety of the novel, despite its flaws.


His father developed cancer in his 30s. Essentially, the plot is that a psychotherapist named Luke Rhinehart, as is the author of the book is bored of his mundane life, and decides to improve it by assigning options to a 6-sided dice, rolling it, and then living his life according to the options.

Nevermind this square life where you don’t rape your neighbours – this dude’s living free!

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. I have been emailing Cockcroft sincewhen, in a frenzy of half-hearted self-destruction, I attempted to dice my way through a Conservative party conference in Brighton. TolstoyKafkaHemingway.

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Who actually wrote this, like, who is Luke Rhinehart? Read more Read less. The solution sort of precedes awareness of the problem, though, which leads Rhinehart to half-jokingly treat the dice as some kind of deity or mystical force.

You’re on a blind date with a dude who isn’t much but he thinks very highly of himself. As his notoriety grew, journalists came to interview the Dice Man.

I liked the elements of psychology and the debates about the nature of free will, personalities and the perimeters of society.

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Eventually, Luke attracts followers, dice-ing becoming a way of life, a psychiatric theory, and even a religion. Once I started reading I discovered that my friends’ explanation of this book made more sense and appealed more than the book itself does. A lot of it coupled with letters from fans makes it feel a tad masturbatory.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Luke’s goal is rhinejart – he will destroy the personality, since the personality destroys multitudes and change, which are in of themselves the very nature of man.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It didn’t help that the random nature of the choices made by dice meant that no one character had any traits or behaviours that remained for longer than rhinnehart couple of pages, or a chapter at best other than Luke’s propensity for pomposityand I couldn’t really see the value being trumpeted by Luke and his dice-students.

After I finished writing Jesus Invades George, it was our favourite novel.

I liked the concept better than the actual book. Dicing became a minor craze. I am pretty sure 37v2 has used this method of decision-making for years, whereas others posit 40v2 and chaos theory. Unfortunately, the options that Rhinehart assigns to the different sides of the fhinehart are self-destructive and, quite often, inconsiderate and selfish e.

Nope, nope, nope, the shocking parts are somehow boring, and the subversive parts just come across as whiny chauvinism. I long to meet a dice lawyer. How much time would we spend with Luke as he looses his license to practice psychiatry? Showing of reviews.

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