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The Dice Man Paperback – May 1, 1998
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"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.Read more ›
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.
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.
But I'm going to be honest here.... I did not like it. For one thing it could have been shortened a great deal without anyone noticing or missing anything. I felt some explicit scenes were inserted simply to liven up a boring narrative. Writing is like painting you need to know when enough is enough to make a masterpiece and this author, apparently, did not receive that memo.
The funny thing is, I was recommended this book by a friend who thought it hilarious that I sometimes make decisions randomly by drawing pieces of paper out of a salad bowl- all with different options written on them. Which eliminates the possibility that I'm just a super rigid freak, right? This also wasn't required reading for school. That brings me to the point- what exactly did I miss? What is that thing that everyone loves so much about this book? In comparison to this Slaugher-house Five really is a masterpiece- if your in the market for new ideas to mull over. This rating thing I guess its all relative to what else you've just read.
**If you disagree with my review plz refrain from voting on it... this is my opinion which is subject to change at any given moment.... place a persuasive argument inducing that change, intstead. :)
EDIT: I just realized something, a few days after reading this book. This book is a look at alternative to suicide. Main character contemplates physical suicide. At the last minute comes across a different method of suicide that will allow him to commit his suicide and still live.... he lets the die govern and commits social suicide. So basically, this book may be a statement on "if your miserable why not seek change instead of death." Thought I'd share that with you all.
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This book really made me think about life. It is one of those few books that change your perspective- that make you put the book down for a couple minutes just to think of the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Netzley
This is the most unbelievable, strange book I ever read. I am not quite done yet, but I am approaching the end, I am not a slow reader, but I don't have much time to read, however,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Yael Bolender
Roll a die to determine whether or not to read this. You might enjoy it. It should make you think.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A dated book that wasn't worth the money it time that I spent reading what I read of itPublished 8 months ago by Kevin F Kelly
Book is alright...did I make it to half of it? No. Sorry but this so claimed author could not catch my attention long enough. Read morePublished 9 months ago by C.M.