Closing Time

Closing Time

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
The sequel to Catch-22, the classic that came to symbolize the absurdity of war, takes on politics, the greed of business, and the decline of society and brings back most of the original major characters as they battle The End. 150,000 first printing. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
In a novel as darkly comic and audaciously ambitious as was Catch-22, Joseph Heller has dared to write the sequel to his American classic, using many of Catch-22's characters, now older if not wiser, to deftly satirize the realities and the myths of America in the half century since they fought World War II.
In 1961, Joseph Heller's remarkable first novel made its way immediately into the American psyche and came to symbolize the absurdity of war and of life. Catch-22 was recognized overnight as a classic and has sold nearly ten million copies in the United States alone. It remains perhaps the funniest - and the most serious - novel ever written about war, "an apocalyptic masterpiece," in the words of one reviewer.
Now, thirty-three years later, Joseph Heller has written the sequel. You don't have to have read Catch-22 (But then, who on earth hasn't?) to enjoy Closing Time, which is a fully independent companion work, a comic masterpiece in its own right, in which Heller spears the inflated balloons of our national consciousness - the absurdity of our politics, the decline of society and our great cities, the greed and hypocrisy of our business and culture - with the same ferocious humor that he used against the conventional view of warfare. His characters are those of Catch-22, coming to the end of their lives and the century, as is the entire generation that fought in World War II: Yossarian, and Milo Minderbinder, the chaplain, and such newcomers as little Sammy Singer and giant Lew, all linked, this time in uneasy peace and old age, fighting, not the Germans this time, but The End.
Closing Time is outrageously funny and totally serious, and as brilliant and successful as Catch-22 itself, a fun-house mirror that captures, at once grotesquely and accurately, the truth about ourselves.

Baker
& Taylor

The sequel to the classic novel that came to symbolize the absurdity of war takes on politics, the greed of business, and the decline of society and brings back most of the original major characters as they battle The End

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [1994]
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780671746049
0671746049
Branch Call Number: FIC He 1994
Characteristics: 464 pages ; 25 cm

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jsinaz
Jul 05, 2017

As a lover of Catch 22, I must say that this "sequel" fails to live up to the hip humor and satire of the original. Some of Heller's humor shows up, but most of it is about the survivors of the original book getting old and ultimately dying. Yossarian, at around 70, is still portrayed as a horny guy, now getting laid by a much younger woman. It descends into a sci-fi horror film about a "little prick" president stupidly starting a nuclear war (oops, sorry, spoiler alert), and many, many pages about a weird multimillion-dollar wedding taking place (at least virtually) at the NY Port Authority terminal, which is also apparently a portal to a hell occupied by JP Morgan, Henry Ford, FDR and JFK! Parts of it are enjoyable, giving us the extended story of some characters from the original book, and it is overall a confusing read. I tried to understand the obvious sci-fi, even supernatural, aspects of the books, and was disappointed in the silly end. Let's face it: nobody asked for a sequel to the great Catch 22. Don't waste your time.

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okridgway
Jan 04, 2017

As the sequel to Catch-22, Closing Time features quite a few familiar characters and maintains some of the ludicrous humor that makes Catch-22 so popular. While I personally found the book a bit confusing, it wasn't until I finished it that I was able to catch a glimpse of what Joseph Heller was getting at in this book (aside from the obvious plot). I believe that there is more to this book than meets the eye, and feel that I should probably re-read it.

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