Closing Time (Paperback)

Author: Heller, Joseph

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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


Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9780684804507
SKU 30121266
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0684804506
Release Date 9/1/1995
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 5.5L x 1.25T
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Joseph Heller
Born and raised in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, Heller attended City College and flew 60 bombing missions for the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. Out of that experience came CATCH-22, largely ignored by critics and public at first, but soon widely celebrated as the first truly comic war novel; he wrote a sequel to it, CLOSING TIME, in 1994. Heller worked in advertising and taught literature at his alma mater and at Yale; during the Vietnam War he was an outspoken critic of U.S. policies. In 1981 he contracted a rare nerve disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, which left him paralyzed for nearly a year, an experience he wrote about in his non-fiction book, NO LAUGHING MATTER. He has written a total of six novels and a volume of autobiography, as well as screenplays, scripts for TV, and one (not very successful) play. Toward the end of his life, Heller commented, "It used to shock me and alarm me and discourage me that there was a general decline of everything of value. But it doesn't surprise me anymore. It seems inevitable and natural and there's no way to resist it.'' Heller was married twice and had a son and a daughter. He died of a heart attack at 76.
"[CLOSING TIME'] contains a richness of narrative tone and of human feeling lacking in CATCH-22']."
"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."
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First Line When people our age speak of the war it is not of Vietnam but of the one that broke out more than half a century ago and swept in almost all the world.
Annotation Yossarian and many of the other characters from CATCH-22 are back in this sequel to the earlier novel. As blackly humorous as its predecessor, CLOSING TIME is about a vast government conspiracy that is directly connected to hell, which is populated by dead writers. When Yossarian--now 68--inadvertently finds out about this phenomenon, Heller's novel enters the blackly absurd territory of which he is a master. His characters, however, also exhibit a strain of melancholy as they mourn the passing of the old days, rail against the decline of America in general and New York City in particular, and feel the nearness of their own mortality.
Editors Note More than three decades after CATCH-22 captured the conscience and imagination of a generation, Joseph Heller has written the sequel to one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. CLOSING TIME revisits Yossarian, Milo Minderbinder, Chaplain Tappman and others--the characters who made CATCH-22 unforgettable, now older, if not wiser, facing not only the end of a century, but the approaching close of their lives.
Editors Note 3 More than 30 years after his Catch-22 so memorably--and hilariously--captured the ultimate absurdity of war, Heller brings his ferocious humor and intelligence to bear on what has happened since the Second World War, revisting many of the original characters, now older, if not wiser.
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Number of Pages 0464
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