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Point Omega by Don DeLillo
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Point Omega by Don DeLillo

This novel has an element of suspense, but it is not a suspense novel. Don DeLillo’s skillful prose and modern use of language place this slim volume in the category of literature. You should not read it for the story or the storytelling but for the ability of the writer to use words; to elicit feeling and meaning.

An idealistic film maker wants to make a film about a story that can only be told by one man. He visits the desert home of the man to convince him to tell the story. The film maker meets the daughter of the man. The novel is about what happens. The writing is everything.

Excerpts of interest:

Page 17, Chapter 1
The true life is not reducible to words spoken or written, not by anyone, ever. The true life takes place when we’re alone, thinking, feeling, lost in memory, dreamingly self-aware, the submicroscopic moments. He said this more than once, Elster did, in more than one way. His life happened, he said, when he sat staring at a blank wall, thinking about dinner.
An eight-hundred-page biography is nothing more than dead conjecture, he said.

Page 29, Chapter 1
“Haiku means nothing beyond what it is. A pond in summer, a leaf in winter. It’s human consciousness located in nature. It’s the answer to everything in a set number of lines, a prescribed syllable count…Bare everything to plain sight. See what’s there…”

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