By Luke Rhinehart
(Overlook Press, Paperback, 9780879518646, 305pp.)
Publication Date: May 1998
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So begins this 1970s classic of sex, drugs, and, of course, dice. Bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart lives with his wife and two children in their "slightly upper, slightly east" apartment in Manhattan. Dissatisfied with both Western and Eastern philosophies, alternately embracing the meaningfulness and meaninglessness of life, Luke's world is forever changed when he finds religion through the simple roll of the die and is "stunned and converted -- as only the utterly bored can be".
Let the dice decide! This is the only path to liberation and truth for Dr. Rhinehart and his patients. It seems sex is always an option as they roll their way through therapy sessions, relationships, parenting -- even a mental institution breakout. Luke spreads his new religion with a hilarious combination of evangelical fervor and moral depravity, turning his life -- and in some ways the world -- on its ear. Because once you hand your life over to the dice, anything can happen.
A rollicking good read and an irreverent parody of American psychoanalytical culture, The Dice Man is entertaining, humorous, shocking, and subversive -- one of the international cult bestsellers of our time.
"Luke Rhinehart and The Dice Man have launched a psychiatric revolution". -- The Sunday Telegraph (London)
"Witty...reckless...clever, a caper at the edge of nihilism". -- Life magazine
"Weird, hilarious...an outlandishly enjoyable book". -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch