I opened this book with some trepidation. I have been an ardent fan of Don DeLillo since college when White Noise first showed me what literature could make of our media-saturated age. Underworld felt like an enormous gift and I never wanted its 827 pages to end. But then something happened, and DeLillo's novels got a lot shorter and a lot less satisfying. The Body Artist was puzzling and vaguely mortifying. Cosmopolis was downright awful. I couldn't bring myself to read Falling Man.
So I'm glad to report that Point Omega is a pleasure, if a fleeting one. Truth be told, at 117 pages, it feels a little long. This is an aerated novel that wants to be a condensed, stylized short story, or maybe even a play. There is no real action in the book. In fact, its one dramatic event is a heavily outlined non-event. The characters move about the rooms of a small house as if in a masque, ...
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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