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Point Omega

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  7,038 ratings  ·  743 reviews
Don DeLillo looks into the mind and heart of a "defense intellectual," one of the men involved in the management of the country's war machine.

Don DeLillo has been "wierdly prophetic about twenty-first-century America" (The New York Times Book Review). In his earlier novels, he has written about conspiracy theory, the Cold War and global terrorism. Now, in Point Omega, he l
Hardcover, 117 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Scribner Book Company
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B. R. Reed If you are a new DeLillo reader then I would suggest you try Libra or White Noise. Both of those books are more accessible. Don't give up on DeLillo…moreIf you are a new DeLillo reader then I would suggest you try Libra or White Noise. Both of those books are more accessible. Don't give up on DeLillo as he is one of our top living writers. There is not much character development or plot in Point Omega. DeLillo is now 80 yrs old and his last couple books have been short novellas, this one and The Body Artist. I liked the concept of this book but it was not really developed. I have found that it helps to read DeLillo w/o distractions. Good luck.(less)

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Feb 02, 2010 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
Jun 25, 2010 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
Feb 01, 2010 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
Nov 16, 2013 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
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“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
Sep 30, 2015 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.
Feb 17, 2010 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
Feb 18, 2010 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
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.
Feb 07, 2010 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
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Αυτη ηταν η πρωτη μου επαφη με τον delillo.διαλεξα τυχαια 3 βιβλια του εχοντας ακουσει τοσα για αυτον και επισης τυχαια ξεκινησα με αυτο εδω:

η ιστορια αφορα σε 2 κυριως ατομα.εναν συμβουλο για θεματα πολεμου στο πενταγωνο που πια εχει αποσυρθει κ ζει στην ερημο ολομοναχος και εναν νεο σκηνοθετη που θελει να κανει ενα ντοκιμαντερ με τις εμπειριες του συμβουλου.ετσι πηγαινει στο σπιτι του για να τον πεισει για το εγχειρημα του.ξαφνικα στο παιχνιδι μπαινει και η κορη του συμβουλου που στη διαρκεια
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-eua, 5e
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
Jim Elkins
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american
What In The World Is A Philosophic Novel?

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 concept
J. Kent Messum
I've tried to get into Don DeLillo a few times, mostly because I often see him listed among a general shortlist of other writers I greatly admire. But for the life of me, I can't understand why he shares the podium with clearly better talents. Maybe I just haven't read the right stuff by him yet.

That's not to say DeLillo is a bad writer. Far from it. His prose is generally quite smooth, and the subject matter intelligent. But the books I've tried smack of that peculiar brand of somewhat subtle h
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, novels
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
Goran Gluščić
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Point Omega je kratki roman strukturiran kao haiku, a radi se o autističnim ljudima koji uz pomoć potpune izolacije prostora i vremena pokušavaju shvatiti koncept svemira, kao i čovjeka koji je njegov dio.

Ljudi, meni je ovaj roman(čić) apsolutno fantastičan. Nema baš tu neke radnje, što ne znači da se ništa ne događa, ali dijalozi (koji su više filozofski nego realni), likovi (koji su neshvatljivo drugačiji) i cijela okolina (koja je apokaliptično prazna), su me tako opčarali da mislim da ću mu
William Thomas
Apr 23, 2010 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
Jun 13, 2012 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
Jason Pettus
Dec 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. 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
Jack Waters
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In short? It's about a secret war advisor and a young filmmaker.
Well before the book graced shelves, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin coined the term Omega Point, described as a maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which the universe appears to be evolving.
The novel records the exchanges between a retired academic, Elster, and a documentarian, Jim. Elster, at the end of his storied career as a scholar and wartime philosophizer for the U.S. government, retreats to the desert to enter h
Jul 21, 2012 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
Oct 09, 2011 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
João Carlos
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2014, dondelillo

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
Jun 08, 2013 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
James Dyke
Aug 17, 2013 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
Ana-Maria Cârciova
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This was truly beautiful, I almost cried. You know why, whoever or no one who is reading this? because I didn't care how this ended, I didn't care that the mystery was not concretely solved (I have my theories that they both vanished), I didn't want anything to happen because the tension of this book is inside its words. Nothing much happens, but the characters are not lunatics who talk without sense, they are true humanoids. I always liked to imagine that behind our big words we have only mere
Jul 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Massima rarefazione. Praticamente vuoto

Un gelido esercizio intellettuale.

Narrazione pretestuosa.


10 elevato alla meno sei Pascal, ossia vuoto spinto.

Un contenitore in cui son state buttate con il rallenty frasi d'effetto (riporto solo quelle che sembrano quasi intelligenti...):

"La vita vera non si può ridurre a parole dette o scritte, nessuno può farlo, mai. La vita vera si svolge quando siamo soli, quando pensiamo, percepiamo, persi nei ricordi, trasognati eppure presenti a noi stessi,
Krok Zero
Jan 05, 2010 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
Punto Zero

Risucchiati nel nulla dalla lettura di "Punto Omega", noi lettori siamo molto vicini ad un punto zero. Esasperante per il voluto rallentamento delle immagini, delle parole, infine della vita, il libro di DeLillo ci educa però alla pazienza, ci costringe a sospendere il desiderio di veder scorrere una storia, china il nostro pensiero su un solo concetto: il tempo, il tempo, un buco nero. Le ventiquattro ore di proiezione del film che aprono e chiudono la storia hanno la grana dell'infin
Nov 16, 2015 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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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
“If you reveal everything, bare every feeling, ask for understanding, you lose something crucial to your sense of yourself. You need to know things that others don't know. It's what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself.” 151 likes
“You need to know things the others don't know. It's what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself.” 61 likes
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