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Closing Time: The Sequel to Catch-22 Paperback – September 15, 1995
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Why, oh why, did Heller pen CLOSING TIME? CATCH-22 did not need a continuation. It was lightning in a bottle, a once-in-a-lifetime event that could never be repeated. But Heller, late in his career, decided, for better or for worse, that Yossarian and Milo Minderbinder had lives worth examining yet again.
The plot begins with Yossarian (whom I desperately wanted to meet after finishing CATCH-22) in a hospital, now older, still bitter, but unfortunately, not funny. As the labyrinth storyline progresses, Yossarian bumps up against a plethora of eccentric characters, both old friends and new enemies. There's the Chaplain (who can produce heavy water from his bowels), a president addicted to videogames, a bizarre wedding coordinator with dreams of the ideal society wedding within a decrepit bus station, and Milo, the schemer extrordinaire, now trying to sell invisible bombers to clueless generals. All this, plus a subplot in an underground playworld that may or may not be Hell.
Why doesn't this work? Part of the problem, I believe, is that CATCH-22 had a genuinely insane setting in which to place its insane characters.Read more ›
If I could offer any constructive negative critism of this book, it would be that the surreal juxtaposition of concrete life, the military, and Hell seemed somewhat ill-defined, and as a result Heller's conclusion to the novel lacks some of the conviction that it could have had.
The book is basically nothing more than a sub-par Catch-22. Heller attempts to catch some of the old magic, but Yossarian as a disappointed geriatric made me want to cry. I would much rather have kept Yossarian sitting naked in a tree inside of my imagination rather than ever see him as a feeble old man. I compare seeing him as a vulnerable old man to the feeling I had when, as a kid, I figured out my dad couldn't beat up everyone else's dad. I didn't want to see my dad as a mortal man nor did I want to see my favorite literary character as a mortal either.
Other than the disappointment of seeing my favorite characters as old timers, the book tries to read like its predecessor but falls very short. The humor is the same but the jokes have become as old and tired as the characters. Catch-22 had me rolling on the floor one minute and then crying a few minutes later, but this book had a few smirks and no tear jerkers. The conversation about where the water went (if you read the book you know what I am talking about) was a brief, shining moment among many lusterless ones.
I would advise anybody who is as big a fan of Catch-22 as I am not to even read this book, even if you get a free copy. I wish I hadn't. The image you want in your mind is Orr paddling away to freedom and Yossarian flying off into the sunset on his trail, but if you read this book that image will be gone forever.
Review from a huge fan of Catch-22 telling other fans do not read this book for your own good.
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Really like catch-22...
This is somewhat disapointing in comparison...
I wish I didn't wait so long after reading Catch-22 but I still enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I loved Catch 22 and was excited to read this sequel. Although not as great as Catch 22, Joseph Heller proves once again he is a fantastic author. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CSmith
Excellent sequel to Catch 22, carries you into the old age of Yosarian and his crowd.Published 7 months ago by Mark Dalton
Truly brilliant- Joseph Heller revives some of the characters from his classic from 1961 to illustrate some very specific points about how the U.S. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Scott Benowitz
Though advertised as the sequel to CATCH-22, CLOSING TIME is another story using some of the same characters. Actually, it uses the names of certain characters. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Christopher Twelvetrees