Bar Bar Book Club: The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
On Monday 13th May we had our monthly Bar Bar Book Club get together. We were discussing a book called The Dice Man.
Out of all our members, only two completed the book as many put it down after feeling disturbed and annoyed by the main protagonist who has, for his entire life, left his decision making down to chance and the roll of a dice.
According to Good Reads, The Dice Man is "the cult classic that can still change your life ... let the dice decide! This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart. In some ways, it changes the world as well. Because once you hand over your life to the dice, anything can happen. Entertaining, humorous, scary, shocking, subversive, The Dice Man is one of the cult bestsellers of our time."
In all honesty, none of us shared the same excitement for the book, and we dismissed it seeing the odd and self-centred protagonist, his misogynistic views and treatment of women.
For many Bar Bar Book Club members, the book missed the point of leaving life to chance as the main character put in place the options for the dice to fall on giving him the excuse to act totally immorally and do the darkest acts possible ... including murder and rape.
It would have been interesting to see the comparison to a female protagonist. Would she allow herself such awful options and acts? Would she choose to leave her husband and children, make someone her sex slave, and fire her assistant for no reason ... who knows?
I agree today decisions are made based on pros and cons; whether it will further one's careers and financial stability, chance and spontaneity are forgotten, which is what I thought the book would inspire. Instead, we were left a little grossed out by the male motivation and inner desires. I'm not saying that all men would do this, but with the whole #metoo movement ringing in our ears, it's hard not to ignore.
One member of Bar Bar Book Club was physically moved to throw her copy in the bin which she had never done before, so we gave the book just one star.
Although it's available on Amazon in various formats, I wouldn't chance a second read!
Until next time ...
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