Jul 03, 10
Not really a sequel.: If you're looking for a zany follow-up to Catch-22, don't get your hopes up with this one.
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 with so many insightful passages. It's not laugh-out-loud funny like Catch-22, it's more philosophical and has different goals than that novel did. It is superbly constructed (as you would expect from any Heller novel), and has wonderful imagery, characters, metaphors, etc. Very high tier as far as fiction goes.