Literary Concentrate

One thing I’ve been noticing about the reviews of Point Omega is that just about everyone is calling the book extremely dense. To wit, from the latest review I’ve read:

I’m not a slow reader, not usually, especially not with regard to fiction, but it took me ages to finish Don DeLillo’s slim new novel Point Omega. It is a short, intense burst of literary fireworks by a living master,

This does seem very in keeping with DeLillo’s writing after Underworld. It’s almost as though he wanted to get this last burst of profusion out of his system before settling into his late style. (Though at times Underworld seems to me just as concentrated as any DeLillo, only blown up to huge proportions). Falling Man in particular was a very elliptical, dense work for me, but it looks like Point Omega is even more rarefied.



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