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This review is from: Point Omega (Hardcover)With each new work from Don DeLillo I find myself asking the same question - 'Is it as good as White Noise?' I realise that this is the wrong question to ask, and to frame my response in these terms seems faintly absurd. But I do it anyway.
Point Omega is DeLillo's fifteenth novel (or, perhaps, his first novella), and is not as good as White Noise. It is, however, an exhilarating performance, one that maintains the creative surge of Falling Man and one that is a vital addition to his oeuvre.
It's deceptively slight, but all of DeLillo's career-long preoccupations are present. I guess you could also say that it's about the Iraq war, and the long shadow this misadventure has cast. Richard Elster was the academic hired by the Pentagon to 'map the reality' the US government tried to create, to 'freshen the dialogue, broaden the viewpoint'. But Elster's story remains elusive - we never quite hear what has forced his retreat to the desert. But then perhaps we already know.
DeLillo's mastery of the language is also, as ever, a real joy - there is an extended riff on the shifting nature of 'rendition', moments where we are destabilised by his choice of words ('lighted' is preferred to 'lit'), and sentences you just wish you could have written yourself (random thoughts are described as 'small dull smears of meditative panic').