God Doesn't Shoot Craps: A Divine Comedy (Anglais) Broché – 1 avril 2006
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Maybe I'm late to the game (clearly I am, because this book is almost a decade old), but it turns out Richard is also an incredible novelist.
God Doesn't Shoot Craps is one of the best novels I've EVER read. Not just because I love the mail-order game or because I have a strange infatuation with scam artists. This is a great story, superbly funny, wickedly smart. Danny Pellegrino (the protagonist) will live with me forever.
In my adult life, I've only chosen reading over sleeping for 3 fiction books. God Doesn't Shoot Craps is one of them. (Don't tell him I said that.)
The story is based upon a character, Danny Pellegrino, a junk mail con man who has made a good living selling fake gambling systems to gullible people...as the author describes him on the books rear cover.
"God Dosent Shoot Craps" is based on Parrondo's Paradox ...which to stats and probability enthusiasts, gamblers and mathematicians you'll recognize as an actual true to life game theory which, as Richard Armstrong describes...
"Is turning heads among scientists..."
Not to give any more of the plot away...
Do yourself a favor, and buy this book for yourself and buy another for a friend to enjoy...today!
I thought it was a truly enjoyable and entertaining read!I believe you will too!
Then I encountered the cursing, a bit of sex, and other parts that made it clear that this is no "Christian fiction" work.
I alternated between enjoying the story and scratching my head over the allegorical aspects, searching to make sure I wasn't missing some deep theological or philosophical meaning.
The information about craps was interesting, the scientific material thought-provoking, and I must admit, it held my attention to the end. But I still don't know how to classify it.
To the veteran craps player, this story about a guy who stumbles onto the guaranteed system to beat the casino will remind you of the chap you stood next to last weekend who has the perfect hedge system or of the stories we read on the craps news boards. Whether it's precision shooting, the "5-count" or some other system, every craps player I have ever met claims to have found a way to get an edge on the house and Danny Pellegrino is no exception.
You don't have to play the game of craps to enjoy the book. Even if you have never overcome your fear of stepping up to a craps table, Armstrong provides more than enough information to help you get into the flow of what is an exciting and sometimes rather poignant tale of hope, greed, fear and ultimate victory.
But what amazed me most about the book was the author's ability to tell his story with genuine humor. After all, Danny manages to cross trails with the Mob, bring disaster to those he is closest to and faces several lifetimes of federal jail time in the process - yet at times I roared with laughter at the way all of this unfolded. Add to that the discussions on creationism and you may be able to see why Armstrong seems a master at weaving philosophy, religion, gambling and capitalism into one terrific story.
If you play craps you must read this book - if you don't play you should read it anyway - it will not disappoint. It's a bit like hitting a two-way-parlay on the hard eight - it doesn't come along very often but when it does you'll rake in the black chips with a big smile and enjoy the ride!