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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.
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"Catch 22" has become a well known expression, and the book and the movie by that name may have been great hits back in their day, but quite frankly I could not get myself... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diogenes
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 11 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 12 months ago by CSmith
Excellent sequel to Catch 22, carries you into the old age of Yosarian and his crowd.Published 13 months ago by Mark Dalton
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 23 months ago by Christopher Twelvetrees