Point Omega

Point Omega

A Novel

Book - 2010 | 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
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Three unusual people--"defense intellectual" Richard Elster, who was involved in the management of the country's war machine; young documentary filmmaker Jim Finley, who is intent on documenting Elster's experience; and Elster's daughter Jessica, who behaves like an "otherworldly" woman from New York--train their binoculars on the desert landscape of California and build an odd, tender intimacy, something like a family. Then a devastating event throws everything into question.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439169964
1439169969
9781439169957
1439169950
Branch Call Number: FIC DELILLO
Characteristics: 117 p. ; 23 cm.

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josie3706
Jun 15, 2013

have been meaning to read this well-regarded author for some time and picked this as short. Thought it would be a look at the Iraq war from an advisor's standpoint but it was more obtuse than that. Lots of philosophy and film references-it is bracketed beginning and end by a 24-hour video installation of Pyscho. Frankly, I didn't get it

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Brian_Shaw
Mar 04, 2011

There is very little character development for the four characters in the book. It felt like overhearing a conversation on a train, just enough to be mildly interesting, but not enough to understand what is going on.

sliston Oct 01, 2010

DeLillo convincingly gets us into the minds of the characters, but... nothing happens. And getting to our final destination of nowhere isn't any fun either. So what's the point?

What was fantastic -- and almost makes the short book worth reading -- was the semi disconnected intro and epilogue which describes in detail the effect of Douglas Gordon's _24 Hour Psycho_ installation on one man's psyche.

If you're a fan of video art (or long to live a life in desert exile) it's worth reading. Otherwise... meh.

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