Closing Time

Closing Time

A Novel

Book - 1994
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A sequel to Catch-22, the 1961 humorous bestseller about a group of American airmen during World War II. The novel follows many of the same characters in their current escapades--mainly to do with selling defense equipment to the Pentagon. In addition, there are their views on the decline of America.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [1994]
Copyright Date: ♭1994
ISBN: 9780684804507
Branch Call Number: FIC HELLER 1994
Characteristics: 464 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

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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