DON DELILLO HAS BEEN "WEIRDLY PROPHETIC about twenty-first-century America" (The New York Times Book Review). In his earlier novels, he has written about conspiracy theory, the Cold War and global terrorism. Now, in Point Omega, he looks into the mind and heart of a "defense intellectual," one of... show more
DON DELILLO HAS BEEN "WEIRDLY PROPHETIC about twenty-first-century America" (The New York Times Book Review). In his earlier novels, he has written about conspiracy theory, the Cold War and global terrorism. Now, in Point Omega, he looks into the mind and heart of a "defense intellectual," one of the men involved in the management of the country's war machine.Richard Elster was a scholar -- an outsider -- when he was called to a meeting with government war planners, asked to apply "ideas and principles to such matters as troop deployment and counterinsurgency."We see Elster at the end of his service. He has retreated to the desert, "somewhere south of nowhere," in search of space and geologic time. There he is joined by a filmmaker, Jim Finley, intent on documenting his experience. Finley wants to persuade Elster to make a one-take film, Elster its single character -- "Just a man and a wall."Weeks later, Elster's daughter Jessica visits -- an...
Publish date: February 2nd 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
I really like how provoking it is, and how ot illustrates postmodern literature. I think I will be rereading it again because it lacks closure. The fact that at the end we don't know what happens to Jessie puts me on edge. I reread it because I keep thinking that I will find clues I overlooked. I fo...
The true Life takes place when we're alone, thinking, feeling, lost in memory, dreamingly self-aware, the submicroscopic moments Point Omega is not the first novel I try by Dellilo. I started White noise and 10% in I wondered what’s all the fuss about. When I finished Point Omega I realized what’s...
This is one of those "people sitting around talking deep shit" books. And one of those books that I'd give 2 stars on face value, because I found it mostly pretty boring and pointless and it left me not at all inclined to go rush out and try some more Don DeLillo, yet I still appreciated the craft o...
Apparently I didn't like this book when I read it. I can tell because I gave it only one star.I don't know what I disliked about this book so much that I only gave it one star, because I cannot recall this book at all. Not the story, none of the characters, not a moment or an idea. I just look at th...
Very particular mix of the abstract and the intellectual level. Main character Richard Elster, a pseudo-Nietzsche kind of character, lives in isolation and ventilates his ideas about society and humanity in general. Jim Finley, the narrator and companion of Elster, seems to have no added value in th...