The Dice Man

1049 WordsNov 8, 20085 Pages
The Dice Man Journal –Marty Smiley The Dice Man written by Luke Rhinehart is an incredibly thought challenging and intentionally provocative piece that knows no bounds and sought to cover every aspect of the human psyche. The exploratory nature of this book transverse across subjects that most novels and authors would dare not touch. Rape, murder, sexual experimentation, racism, drug use, adultery and senseless blasphemy. The Dice Man covers them all, and when presented with the title quote “This book will change your life” I would plainly agree and contend that it will not only change your life in some way but severely change your perspective on things. The novel tells the tale of a psychiatrist named Luke Rhinehart who, feeling…show more content…
Dice centres were set up all over America, in each, rooms dedicated to random activities, for instance, the Pit: A room with little to no visible light, dice people are encouraged to eradicate their sexual inhibitions by engaging in intercourse with whatever they can feel in the room, male or female, human or animal. The protagonist’s creations and development of the dice theory further intrigue the reader and the length of the book can be quickly be forgotten. Psychological research studies such as the 'Fuck without Fear for Fun and Profit' further prove his selfless addiction or devotion to the die, indicating that not even his reputation as an insightful and well respected psychologist would get in the way of his choice to rely of on whim. It is during these provocative moments in the story I found myself wondering whether I too could devote my life to chance or the whim of the die. The novel caused me to question my own values and spiritual beliefs. I thought about whether the religion I was born into was at all aligned with my way of thinking. Just as Rhinehart had chosen something to devote his life to, without a middle ground, 'yes or no,' could I also do this with my existential beliefs? Could I eliminate my cognitive thought to blindly follow a religion like Diceliving had become for many characters in Luke's life. Satan, Buddha, God, Allah, Mick Jagger. This novel
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