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DeLillo's Forgettable New Novel

Save your money: Michiko Kakutani pans Don DeLillo’s new novella, Point Omega, in The New York Times. The story of a scholar who helped design the framework for the Iraq War and a filmmaker who is courting him for a documentary, Kakutani bemoans the book’s “uncharacteristically simplistic portrait of its hero” and its “dreary and highly portentous musings about mortality and time.” Kakutani concludes, “There is something suffocating and airless about this entire production. Unlike the people in his most memorable novels, the three characters here do not live in a recognizable America or recognizable reality.”