- Taschenbuch: 10 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Collins Publ. UK; Auflage: New Ed (6. Dezember 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0006513905
- ISBN-13: 978-0006513902
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 3,6 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 42 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 7.554 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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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
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 -- and in some ways 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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Die Ausgangslage war wirklich extrem spannend und herausfordernd. Rhinehart, ein Psychiater, entwickelt die Würfelmethode, um mehr Schwung in sein Leben zu bringen (und vielleicht auch Entscheidungsfindungen dem Würfel elegant abzuschieben). Was er dann aber so mit (und in) seinem Leben damit anfängt, langweilt rasch (auch wenn es teilweise sinnlich und erregend geschrieben ist) und ufert ausserdem in langen Abschweifungen in psychiatrische Gefilde ab. Mich hat er auf alle Fälle nicht wirklich mit seinem "Kultbuch" aus den 70er Jahren begeistern können. Schade eigentlich.
A third book that may have been written by this same fellow, and which corresponds to some of the items on the above list, is a comic thriller (now out of print) called "Dunn's Conundrum" by "Stan Lee" (not the comics publisher). Its premise: an NSA type agency hides minicameras all over the USA. Theme: private vs. public personalities.
We know Rhinehart is a psuedonym; early editions of "Dice Man" acknowledged the real author as George Cockcroft. He played the game of openly "hiding" this identity behind the unconcealed Rhinehart psuedonym, thus making L.R. not only his protagonist but his alter ego. As for "Invisible Man," despite M. Halski's assertions that HF Saint is a real name/person, I think this clever author would find it equally (and similarly)irresistable to hide HIS real identity...again, just like his protagonist does.
Ah, what the fuss all about dude.. after taking a break for two weeks (maybe to digest what I had found by reading the first 200 pages?) I continued on page 200-sthg and finished it. I enjoyed reading about the transformation that takes place in the people described and I found the scenes of sex and thriller quite a pleasure to read, too.
The book shows what personality traits are unspoken and under-represented in daily life because others wouldn't approve of my behaving in an unusual way. I don't think it supports my being happy, though. What the book might do is to help me a lot when I am unhappy because my mind tells me I failed or did something unskilful. Cuz i'll never be afraid of failure once i really understand what constitutes failure in life. So what means 'failure' actually? Either it is an action that displeases other adults or it is an action that does not lead to satisfaction, i.e. one that frustrates and inhibits your desires (see chapter 17). Now as a psychiatrist, G. Cockcroft/Luke Rhinehart certainly knows a lot about Freud, Lacan, Jung et.al. and of course, a man gets bored sometimes, not only bored i guess but existentially bored and thus, indifferent, surrendering one's own will to the will of the die, praying 'Not my will, oh Die, but Thy will be done' and preaching the same to his disciples. One thing is for sure: No one who read this book to the end is gonna be indifferent. In other words, everyone who read 'The Dice Man' will be transformed in one way or the other. The author foresees this in chapter forty-one: 'Ah, Reader, you never should have let me be born. Other selves bite now and then no doubt. But the Dice Man flea demands to be scratched at every moment: he is insatiable. You will never know an itchless moment again - unless, of course, you become the flea.')
The author presumably let his life be led by dice in the 60s and 70s in California. He seems to have used beginner's mind to help him find a way to justify his actions. The philosophy of Zen is well known to legitimize all kinds of shit when interpreted by greedy or unhappy people. If you want to find out about loneliness, sex, marriage, psychology and how to rid yourself of any remorse, please be aware that it might be useful to attend a vipassana course before you start turning your life upside down and inside out by clinging to a dice-life. By doing that you will be able to resist the impulse to scratch without becoming the flea. Otherwise it might lead to total lack of understanding human responsibility because fleas do not know what they're doing...
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