Point Omega

Point Omega

A Novel

Book - 2010
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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.
ISBN: 9781439169957
1439169950
9781439169964
1439169969
Branch Call Number: FICTION DEL
Characteristics: 117 p. ; 22 cm.

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Aj4a
Dec 03, 2018

Thought provoking short story. Characters with autism?

Well written story where not much happens, but that seems to be the point.

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SunsetBranch
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

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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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