The cult classic that is literally about a different way to live life – to let the dice decide! According to BBC it is “one of the fifty most influential books of the last half of the twentieth century” and Loaded Magazine named it “Novel of the Century” in 1999.
The book depicts the life of Luke Rhinehart (a pen name), a New York based psyciatrist who is bored and tired with his life and everyday routines: “life is islands of extacy in an ocean of boredom, and when you reach your thirties you rarely see land…”.
At one point he starts letting his dice make all decisions for him, by first proposing what to do for each possible number – and this certainly gets him his life into a completely different direction than could possibly be predicted. The book is very dense with dark, absurd humour, it’s also shocking and scary at times – it won’t leave you indifferent.
I read this one a few years ago and together with Blink (an in-depth non-fiction analysis of human decision-making), these two books together give you a nice range of new viewpoints around decision making.