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Point Omega

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,374 Ratings  ·  609 Reviews
In the middle of a desert "somewhere south of nowhere" to a forlorn house made of metal and clapboard a secret war advisor has gone in search of space and time. Richard Elster, seventy-three, was a scholar, "an outsider" when he was called to a meeting with government war planners. They asked Elster to conceptualize their efforts to form an intellectual framework for their ...more
Hardcover, 117 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Scribner Book Company (first published January 1st 2010)
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David
Feb 03, 2010 David rated it really liked it
Yes, for sure, in this slender little volume (especially in the first half), you'll find Don DeLillo at his most obtusely self-parodic. You see, DeLillo now apparently culls all of his dialogue from some strange dimly-lit alternate universe where stubbornly humorless men and women sit around drinking scotch and waving their arms in the general direction of infinity -- as a vague, portentous symbol of futility in the face of everythingness. This, certainly, is simultaneously DeLillo's shorthand a ...more
Greg
Jul 18, 2010 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Last night at work a man who looked like Zizek approached the information desk.

Him, I'm looking for the section on culture process.

Me, what do you mean?

Him, how can I say this (insert vague European accent), (pause), yes, i'm looking for, (pause, looking like he is thinking), books about, (pause, look of satisfaction on his face), the process of culture.

That answer cleared up all my confusions, right?

He continued to speak down to me and explain that he was making a syllabus for a class and th
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brian
Feb 07, 2010 brian rated it really liked it
let's get past the fact that don delillo is kind of a dickhead for allowing us to pay $24 for a 117 pg novella and get to the point: it's worth it. twenty-four bucks for a whiff of the ineffable? we'll take it.

“Consciousness is exhausted. Back now to inorganic matter. This is what we want. We want to be stones in a field.” so speaks richard elster, 73 yr old cog in the american war machine, pining and praying for the extinction of the human race, asking to be zapped back to the stardust we all
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Ademption
Feb 17, 2010 Ademption rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Consider me the Bizarro David MK. He doesn't like poor people and their B.O. Contrarian-contrarian that I am, I don't like whiny rich people who are so jaded they drone on about the ineffability of everything, and how no one is really sure of anything ever, and you can't cross the same river twice and so on.

Elster, a defense intellectual, picked for his mean liberal arts skills, is one such man (Fuck, if that's what it takes, the DOJ should give me a job. I'm a renaissance man with a liberal art
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Cosimo
Feb 07, 2016 Cosimo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rendition

“Le città sono state costruite per misurare il tempo, per togliere il tempo dalla natura. C'è un eterno conto alla rovescia, diceva. Quando hai strappato via tutte le superfici, quando guardi sotto, ciò che resta è il terrore. E' questo che la letteratura vuole curare. Il poema epico, la favola prima di andare a letto”.

Il punto omega è sempre esistito, deve essere personale, trascendente, autonomo e irreversibile: è il massimo livello di complessità e di coscienza verso il quale sembra
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Lilo
Nov 16, 2013 Lilo rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Lilo by: I found it at the Dollar Store
You may call me uneducated, ignorant, unappreciative, or a philistine, I'll still say that I hated this book. I only finished it because I refused to believe that it would not come to any point, be it point Omega or any other point.

After I finished reading the book, I felt that I should sue the author for stealing my valuable time, charging $ 100.-- an hour because this would be the absolute minimum someone would have to pay me for reading this book a second time. (And this would have been a ba
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Teresa
Jan 01, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, 5-estrelas
O artista plástico, Daniel Gordon criou uma instalação na qual é projectado o Psycho de Hitchcock à velocidade de dois fotogramas por segundo. Desta forma, a exibição do filme dura exactamente vinte e quatro horas.

O livro começa e termina com um homem, de pé na sala de projecção, a visualizar o filme.
O centro do romance é passado num deserto onde um jovem realizador, durante uns dias, conversa com Elster, um idoso que esteve envolvido na guerra do Iraque, e com o qual pretende fazer um filme/en
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Jason
Feb 18, 2010 Jason rated it it was ok
***ATTENZIONE, ATENCIÓN, ATTENTION---First time reader of Don DeLillo***

At the library kiosk labelled 'New Arrivals 2010,' Point Omega's snazzy purple-pink dustcover called out loudly to passersby with its nicely-centered, infinity icon and bold raised print. It was shiny, crisp, and industriously stamped in solid black 'Jan 2010' on the pages' top edge. I snatched it up as soon as another returned it to the inclined sill, probably its first day in circulation, drawing immediate attention. I mis
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Michelle
Jul 24, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, audio
Audio book experiment failed.

Even though Campbell Scott has a nice voice, I probably should have read this book instead of listening to it in my car. The parts devoted to Douglas Gordon's 24 Hour Psycho were beautiful and had me wishing that for my first experience with DeLillo I had chosen to read him rather than listen to someone else read him to me.

The beginning had my attention, but then I zoned out a lot during the middle section and had to repeat tracks more than once. Towards the end of
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MJ Nicholls
This flirtation with DeLillo is leading nowhere. That moment of elation when one imagines someone is nurturing amorous intentions behind their flirting towards you, but is flirting for the fun of flirting and nurturing ideas to call up ten other people who aren’t you instead, despite your sleepless nights of dreams and delights. That, Don. That.
Peter
Feb 27, 2010 Peter added it
Hyper-abstract intellectualization. Overly-ruminative prose peppered with mysterious and incomplete sentences. Pages of characters projecting thoughts onto others. Ugh.

I get what DeLillo is going for in Point Omega: the environments that we create and choose to inhabit blind us and remind us of what makes up every millisecond of our human existence. And, the relationships and events of our lives thrust us inevitably forward, into and through the importance and significance of now. This is a nice
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Steve
Apr 06, 2016 Steve rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to Steve by: White Noise
Best DeLillo sentence: I knew he had written about the meanings of baby talk and so he'd clearly be interested in a major show of objects created in the name of demolished logic.

Seriously, after you're finished, just jam this sucker up there where it belongs, beside The Body Artist. My initial reaction after finishing Point Omega was to not do a review. It's one of those rare books that left me angry. It's a contemptuous piece of writing. It didn't start out that way, with it's 24 hour slow-mo P
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David
Jun 13, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: War conceptualizers, wannabe filmmakers, intellectuals
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 of his writing, so I probably will try another one of his books at some point. After all, I hated the first Cormac McCarthy novel I ever read (that was The Road, btw), but I gave McCarthy another shot ...more
Jim Elkins
Jul 17, 2015 Jim Elkins rated it really liked it
Shelves: american
Idea-driven novels have traditionally been regarded as precarious. (It would be good to know the history of this idea; it was in force in the reception of Kundera in the 1980s, but it probably derives from the reception of 19th century realist novels.) "Point Omega" is very brief, cleverly set by the designers at Picador with a large trim size and ample kerning and line spacing, so that it scrapes by at 117 pages. The book's brevity advertises its conceptual nature, and so do the opening and clo ...more
Simon
Nov 11, 2012 Simon rated it did not like it
This is a terrible, terrible book: self-indulgent, pretentious, without meaning or explanation and largely without action or incident. Its sole plus point is its length. At less than 150 pages of well-spaced type you only waste two or three hours getting through it.
This is the first DeLillo I have read and it will be the last. I like a fair bit of modern American fiction (Roth, Franzen et al.) and was expecting to like this and then move on to what is (I think) supposed to be his best book, the
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Sophie
Sep 30, 2015 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ο τρόμος· το αίσθημα της ματαιότητας, του ψυχικού ευνουχισμού μπροστά στο αναπόφευκτο του χρόνου.
Ο χρόνος· δύο συλλαβές με τόσο μεγάλο φορτίο.
Ένα μυθιστόρημα γεμάτο μοναξιά, με την καθαρότερη έννοια του όρου, γεμάτο υπαρξιακούς και συναισθηματικούς προβληματισμούς.
Jason Pettus
Aug 13, 2010 Jason Pettus rated it did not like it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

If any more proof is needed that September 11th effectively brought an end to the Postmodernist period, just look at the sad recent fate of author Don DeLillo, who back in the 1970s and '80s was one of the most brilliant and celebrated writers in the entire country, perpetually cranking out masterpieces l
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William Thomas
Apr 23, 2010 William Thomas rated it did not like it
Sometime while writing Libra, you decided that your work should be epic, larger than life, more important than life even. You thought you would write books with overarching universal truths steeped in history and modernism and somehow that would in turn make you a part of history. But what you began to write were flat, soft, somber, monotone pieces inflated by your ego and disguised in a thin veil of humility- as if speaking softly would show the world how humble you were. Instead, you are washe ...more
João Carlos
Aug 21, 2015 João Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2014

Janet Leigh em Psycho de Alfred Hitchcock - “Ponto Ómega” de Don DeLillo

“Ponto Ómega” inicia-se em 2006, no final do Verão, início do Outono, com um capítulo “Anonimato” 3 de Setembro. Estamos no MOMA (Museu de Arte Moderna de Nova Iorque) Richard Elster é um dos visitantes, permanece imóvel a ver uma obra de videoarte intitulada “24 Hour Psycho”, que mais não é do que a projecção do filme “Psycho” de Alfred Hitchcock, em velocidade lenta, criada pelo artista Douglas Gordon.
Richard Elster, de 73
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Krok Zero
Feb 03, 2010 Krok Zero rated it really liked it
Shelves: winter-09-to-10
DeLillo's L'avventura. Kind of. The arid desert, the lack of anything happening, the disappearance of a character...this makes me wonder if DeLillo had been chowing down on some Antonioni lately. And L'avventura came out the same year as Psycho, a film that is the focal point of this novel's intro/outro bookend chapters. Coincidence? (Yes.)

I can't really add anything to Brian's review, although I'm going with 4 stars because 3 stars usually denotes underwhelmment, and that's certainly not what I
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Aldrin
Oct 24, 2011 Aldrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the two narrators of “Point Omega,” the latest short novel by Don DeLillo, is an experimental filmmaker currently, quote, unquote, working on his second film. “Working,” actually, is too generous a word to describe what he is doing; to use it is to view the aggregate of his efforts in a way that is only too encouraging. Work is force times the distance through which it is enforced, the idiom of physics dictates, and while there may be considerable, albeit mostly verbal and psychological, ...more
James Dyke
Aug 18, 2013 James Dyke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can feel a DeLillo binge coming on. I started this novella (it's 150 pages but the type is massive, this is barely a novel) yesterday, and in 3 brief sittings (including 2 very relaxing baths), I finished the thing.

I'd heard a lot about DeLillo's later novels being disappointing. But this is DeLillo we're talking about; whilst I didn't LOVE White Noise, I've read it twice, it does strike many chords with me, and still intrigues me. Underworld I'm pretty sure is a masterpiece (I reached halfwa
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Eduardo
Jan 19, 2015 Eduardo rated it it was amazing
This is a strange novel, with four peculiar characters, my second adventure with DeLillo. Reading it, the part before the “devastating event” (the point Omega, the ‘complication’ of the story, the singularity), I was reminded of the philosophical novels, that were popular in the past (Hesse?, Mann?). Two men sit and talk about the grand issues of life and society, the narrator a third unacknowledged and invisible party, expanding on their ideas, adding his own, asking the reader rhetorical quest ...more
Kyle Muntz
Feb 20, 2013 Kyle Muntz rated it really liked it
Perfect distance, perfect despair, crisp prose, "dreams of extinction", the failed pursuit of "the true life". I haven't read DeLillo in years, since White Noise, and I don't remember him being this good, though at the same time I'm not sure if this novel is his best or even a very successful. He's too much of a "Great American Author" for my tastes, but the subject matter here, from what I remember, is less familiar and a little more profound, even if it's not fleshed out fully.
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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 all the fuss about.

Point Omega is a postmodern novel by excellence. It is chaos. It is an accumulation of nonsense, but a sort of nonsense that keeps me up late at night to finish it.


The narrator does
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Silvia Sirea
Apr 07, 2015 Silvia Sirea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E' il primo romanzo di DeLillo che leggo e penso proprio che ne leggerò degli altri.

"Punto Omega" è uno dei più brevi e forse meno amati dello scrittore, ma sono riuscita a leggerlo con discreta facilità ed è stata una lettura scorrevole.
L'argomento trattato può essere ostico secondo alcuni, invece è stato proprio quello che ha attirato me. Il fulcro è il Punto Omega, la legge della complessità e della coscienza - sono sincera, ho dovuto fare una piccola ricerca per approfondire perché pensavo
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Oscar
Jun 04, 2013 Oscar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reconozco que Don DeLillo ya me había llamado la atención en otros momentos, cuando leo las listas de novedades o los blogs, pero sobre todo cuando voy de librerías. Será por su nombre, así como de capo de la mafia, o por los títulos de sus libros. No lo sé; pero inevitablemente me sentía atraído por este nombre, teniendo que leer, inevitablemente, en qué anda metido. Y esto mismo es lo que me ha sucedido con 'Punto omega', lo primero que leo de este gran autor norteamericano, título que me hací ...more
Tim Lepczyk
Jan 24, 2011 Tim Lepczyk rated it really liked it
If you're a reader who likes plot points neatly tied and convention followed, this book is not for you. Point Omega by Don DeLillo revolves around a character named Elster, who is an intellectual that was brought into the war effort around 2004. I can't think exactly who he is modeled on, but he's an apologist, a hawk, a salesman coming up with terms like "a haiku war," as if by changing the words we use to wage war we can change the context or identity of war.

Elster has quit the scene and escap
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Mahmood666
Nov 16, 2015 Mahmood666 rated it liked it

فیلم روانی اثر الفرد هیچکاک در موزه هنرهای مدرن نیویورک بر روی پرده عریض در حال پخش است. در سالنی بسیار بزرگ بدون هیچ اثاثیه و صندلی برای نشستن. مراجعه کنندگان از سر کنجکاوی دقایقی سرک میکشند و می روند زیرا فیلم یک تفاوت عمده با نسخه اصلی آن دارد. فیلم با سرعت دو فریم در ثانیه و با دور کند پخش میشود و این یعنی اینکه روانی نه در دوساعت بلکه در بیست و چهار ساعت به پایان میرسد. راوی داستان در این مکان حضور دارد. فیلمسازی که قصد ساختن فیلمی مستند از سیاستمداری بازنشسته و جمهوری خواه دارد. راوی برای
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La prima frase era: "I governi sono imprese criminali".
L'ultima frase era: "Negli anni a venire, naturalmente, ci saranno uomini e donne, dentro cabine, con gli auricolari, che ascolteranno nastri segreti riguardantii crimini commessi dall'amministrazione, mentre altri studieranno le registrazioni elettroniche sullo schermo di un computer e altri ancora guarderanno videocassette scampate alla distruzione, con immagini di uomini in gabbia sottoposti a tremendi dolori fisici, e infine altri, altri
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Don DeLillo is an American author best known for his novels, which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He currently lives outside of New York City.

Among the most influential American writers of the past decades, DeLillo has received, among author awards, a National Book Award (White Noise, 1985), a PEN/Faulkner Award (Mao II, 1991), and an American
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