Closing Time (Catch-22 #2)
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
A lot of people have read Catch-22, which is deserving of most all the praise it gets. This is, spiritually and literally, the sequel to that book, which is a little weird, not the least because it was published more than 3 decades after. Appropriate to this lapse in time,...more
Almost thirty five years after finally finding a publisher for Catch-22, Heller wrote a sequel. Through this period, every book he has produced has suffered from comparison with his first novel. He has never managed to combine the elements of farce and tragedy so well as was made possible by his theme of helplessness in the face of official stupidity.
Many elements from Catch 22 are present, transformed, in Closing Time. In Pianosa, the charact...more
The sections about the other two veterans is...more
I started the book with mild reluctance due to the low ratings as compared to the prequel. The mixed reactions from readers are understandable as I feel that this book lacks flair and "mapcap mayhem" as compared. Despite that, like its title, it is a good closing for Catch-22, on what happens to soldiers/vet...more
Maybe I had my hopes set just a little high for this one. But - how could I not? It's the sequel to *Catch 22*, fer cryin out loud, one of my desert island 5. Don...more
It seems that I am having the same frustration that many people have while reading Catch-22. Bot...more
Nigdy nie podejrzewałem, że będę czytał tak słaby sequel uwielbianej przeze mnie książki. Pewnie większość czytelników stwierdzi, że skoro oryginał posiada nazwę: Closing Time, to polska wersja z dodanym "Paragraf 22" do tytułu, to jedynie wątpliwej jakości chwyt marketingowy. Otóż nie! To jest prawdziwa kontynuacja przygód Yossariana, Mila, kapelana i kilku innych postaci z pierwowzoru.
Jeszcze przed zabawą z książką sprawdziłem opinie. Nie były one pochlebne, wytyka...more
but what strikes me immediately is the hilarity of this one. several thought otherwise, some thought only some sections were. the telling is funny, much like catch-22 and good as gold
another thing: i enjoy the narration. in the 1st, sam...more
still a decent book, it explor...more
Closing Time is a wonderful take on life. I was rarely bored while reading it, but some of Heller's stabs at politics (George Bush) felt a little forced and unnecessary. I first read samples from this book in Catch As Catch Can, a collection of Heller's short stories, and I was a little put-off at first.
This book is just exquisite; it really captures (what I perceive will be) old age...more
Joseph Heller was the son of poor Jewish parents from Russia. Even as a child, he loved to write; at the age of eleven, he wrote a story about the Russian invasion of Finland. He sent it to New York Daily News, which rejected it. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1941, Heller spent the next ye...more