Closing Time by Joseph Heller
The Sequel to Catch-22

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A darkly comic and ambitious sequel to the American classic Catch-22.

In Closing Time, Joseph Heller returns to the characters of Catch-22, now 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, in an uneasy peace and old age, fighting not the Germans this time, but The End. Closing Time deftly satirizes the realities and the myths of America in the half century since WWII: the absurdity of our politics, the decline of our society and our great cities, the greed and hypocrisy of our business and culture -- with the same ferocious humor as Catch-22.

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.
 

About Joseph Heller

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Joseph Heller was born and raised in Brooklyn. He lives in East Hampton, New York.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published October 26, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 468 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, War, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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In an act of absurdity worthy of Catch- 22, Heller has written a sequel to a novel that needed no sequel.

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Publishers Weekly

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Heller's sequel to his classic first novel, Catch-22, finds Yossarian and company again surrounded by greed, violence and insanity, this time in contemporary New York.

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there are nostalgic passages about Coney Island, long Jewish dialogues that could have been penned by a whacked-out Neil Simon, bravura passages (notably, a magnificent wedding reception held at New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal) and hare-brained Pentagon meetings to discuss the new Shhhh su...

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In this sequel to Heller's classic, Catch-22, the lives of ordinary people are controlled by mad generals, a vacant Quayle-ish President and venal death merchants such as Catch-22's Milo Minderbinder (teamed here with Dr. Strangelove).

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