Closing Time (Paperback)
|Author: Joseph Heller|
|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 *Author: Heller, Joseph *Publication Date: 1995/09/15 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 9.25|
From the Publisher:
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.
Joseph Heller finished his World War II comic classic CATCH-22 with an open-ended getaway: malingering fighter-pilot Yossarian dashing out a hospital door and away from the reach of authorities. Revisiting his anarchic hero and the rest of the screwball cast more than three decades later, CLOSING TIME finds the world narrowing on Yossarian and his fellow veterans, at the same time as the 20th century winds to its end. Flush with millennial madness and post-Cold War themes of decline and collapse, Heller's final novel both ties up loose threads while keeping Yossarian's spirit free.
"[CLOSING TIME'] contains a richness of narrative tone and of human feeling lacking in CATCH-22']." - William H. Pritchard 9/25/94 New York Review of Books
"If CLOSING TIME has trouble managing its very mixed moods, it does complete CATCH-22 suitably by finally destroying the world that has always caused Yossarian such moral anguish, and it shows no more interest than its predecessor in making bad things seem bearable. For that, and for often being very funny, it deserves respect and attention." - Thomas R. Edwards 10/20/94