Point Omega

Point Omega

Book - 2010
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Richard Elster, a 73-year-old reclusive scholar, was selected by the U.S. government to conceptualize troop and artillery logics for a clandestine war plan. Now, with his service completed, he meets up with a filmmaker who wants to make a documentary on Elster's experiences. But when the story is skewed, Elster's life is plunged into chaos.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010
ISBN: 9781439169964
Branch Call Number: Fiction DeLillo
Characteristics: 117 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 12, 2018

The beginning and the ending made me realize that looking deeply into film is not the same as looking deeply into life. Unless life is moving very, very slowly

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

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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