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Dice Man Hardcover – January, 1971

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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 Wilson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First edition. No additional printings edition (January 1971)
  • ISBN-10: 0688014577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688014575
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luke Rhinehart is the acclaimed author of nine works of fiction, including most notably THE DICE MAN. In 1995, the BBC called that book one of the fifty most influential books of the last half of the twentieth century," and Loaded Magazine honored it in 1999 by naming it "Novel of the Century". Last year the London Telegraph named it one of the 50 great cult books of the last hundred years. Although first published 40 years ago, the book has been rediscovered in the 21st century, being published or republished in more than 60 countries and translated into 26 languages. It is currently selling more copies than ever and, amazingly, this resurgence of interest is led by young people--readers under 25.

His books SEARCH FOR THE DICE MAN, WHIM and THE BOOK OF THE DIE are also comic and philosophical dramatizations of his ideas, although each unique in its own right.In addition, over the years dozens of pieces of music have been inspired by Luke's ideas, including "Six Different Ways" by The Cure; "Dice Man" by The Fall; "Random I Am" by Millencolin; "Slaughter Of The Soul" by At the Gates; "X, Y and Zee" by Pop Will Eat Itself; "Black Diary" by Jameson; and "Such a Shame" by Talk Talk.

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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Boris Bangemann on May 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
According to Time Out, this book was one of the most fashionable novels of the early 1970s; and Anthony Burgess, the author of the unsettling "A Clockwork Orange" (1962), graced it with the comment "touching, ingenious and beautifully comic."
"The Dice Man" is a dark comedy, violent and hilarious at the same time; an upbeat precursor to the much grimmer "American Psycho" (1991) by Bret Easton Ellis, and the similarly satirical "The Elementary Particles" (1998) by the French author Michel Houellebecq. With a light touch and in mischievously entertaining fashion, the book plays with the fundamentals of the way we understand ourselves: rationality, identity, reality; in sum, all the ways in which we construct coherence from chance, or something from nothing.
Luke Rhinehart, the author (in fact, the real author's pseudonym) and narrator of the book, is the ultimate unreliable narrator. Luke's actions are largely dictated by chance. He writes down alternative actions and then tosses dice to determine which action to take. The result, he claims, is freedom to live different sides of his personality. As an author, for example, he lets the dice decide what he should write in his fictional autobiography with the title "The Dice Man" and what not; and the dice decide when he should lie and when not. Consequently, he announces on page one that he is the author of "the lovely first-rate pornographic novel, Naked Before the World" only to reveal much later in the book that the dice ordered him not to write about this piece of fiction in "The Dice Man." Too bad, dear reader.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ville Halonen on May 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
As usual, the dice said I should tell you what I thought about this book. There are several me's, and each one has a different opinion, or at least would like to say some things to you.
So I take a pen and a piece of paper and write down the options. If I roll...
1-4) I play around a little, and say this book was terrible, no explanations. There's that little part of me that likes to do a few pranks. 1 star.
5-6) I choose to take a civilized and wannabe-pro approach and use a lot of difficult words describing how intelligent and witty The Dice Man was. 5 stars.
7-17) I say that I really loved this book. I go to the extremities and use a whole lotta superlatives and exclamation marks. It was hilarious at most times, and thought-provoking at all times. The thing about giving your every side a chance to live it's life, to deliberately submit to a sort of a schitzophrenia being a good thing...interesting, most interesting. 5 stars, absolutely!
18-29) I take a very dice man-ish approach and choose to tell you my opinion on this book by describing the selection process. 5 stars.
30-32) I give up and never say an opinion on The Dice Man.
33) I "accidentally" write about a wrong book.
34-35) I write my review always one key stroke to the right. Q is W, W is E, E is R and so on.
36) I write my review in the same manner as described in one part of the The Dice Man.
Then I take two green dice, say a little prayers for the Die and throw them. 21. The Dice have ruled that I should write about my decision-making experience.
Although I'm here violating the laws of all uncertainty, I'd suggest you don't leave whether you read this novel or not to the whims of the dice. It might open up many doors. And change your life.
Or offer a new way of having fun, at least. 1) Read it. 2) Read it. 3) Read it twice. 4) Read it. 5) Read it. 6) Read it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I feel about "Dice Man" a bit like I feel about Ayn Rand's novels: Both begin in our real world and proceed to carry us towards an alternate (superior?) life structure envisioned by the author. I can't see either vision as a complete blueprint for re-forming my life, and yet the ideas are extremely thought-provoking and powerfully expressed. I'm glad I read "Dice Man"; it's unique. It's also very enjoyable, if you have a taste for dark and absurd humor.
Interestingly, the story is told from the first person point of view of a New York psychologist named Luke Rhinehart. That's the name of the actual author of the book (a pen name). There is also a sequel, "Search for the Dice Man", although that is only in print in England. You can get it from Amazon's United Kingdom store, www.amazon.co.uk.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is the book about Luke Rhinehart, he's in his thirties and tired of his life and the everyday routines "life is islands of extacy in an ocean of boredom, and when you reach your thirties you rarely see land...", one evening, after a poker evening with some of his collegues, when the collegues has left he finds a dice is missing, it's hidden under a card in the bookshelves, he believes, if this indeed is the dice and it shows the snake-eye I will go downstairs and rape Arlene, he thinks for himself. He lifts the card and finds the dice showing...the snake-eye. Thus The Dice Man is born, he starts letting the dice making all decicions for him. The first chapters in the book he describes what goes on in the mind of a depressed person, and he does it in a great way, you can't read these chapters without feeling some amount of recognition, though, after the first dice is thrown the homour takes over, and the book in a way looses some of the initial touch, though it's still great. This is concidered a cult classic, and is actually one of the few that holds for that pressure, for instance the british band Earthling is inspired by this book and uses "the dice technique" for writing their lyrics, for me this is a must-read
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