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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Closing Time

    Joseph Heller does it again with the sequel to his all-time favorite Catch -22. Heller is able to place comedy with the seriousness of war and its effects in his books. He takes a serious subject and is able to make it comedic while still being able to point out the seriousness of whatever it is that he is trying to stress. This book obviously takes place after Catch-22 and shows how war can still affect vetrans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2005

    it's no catch-22

    I loved Catch-22. Since reading it I've come to regard Heller as a brilliant writer which is what tempted me to Closing Time. However it isn't as good as the first, they never are. The characters are dull and doesn't grab your interest like in Catch-22. I found some of the jokes unoriginal. But of course when Closing Time is forced to be compared to Catch-22 it is a expected... A quote from Heller 'When I read something saying I've not done anything as good as Catch-22 I'm tempted to reply, 'Who has?'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    If you loved Catch-22, you'll like Closing Time

    Joseph Heller is a fantastic and innovative author. His books are complex but difficult to put down. Closing Time is no exception. It is a difficult book to absorb but by the end you understand its hidden messages. You sometimes need to pause in order to fully grasp what is happening in the story but if you know Heller, you'll know his ways. I recommend it highly to anyone looking for a challenge. Although it is not Catch-22, you will be addicted to it as if it were its predecessor. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    Not Quite the Original...

    Catch-22 was the best book that I have ever read. After reading critics' reviews, I wasn't sure that I wanted to read the sequel. I bought the book, and was really surprised. It was funnier and yet more depressing. Heller writes the book as Yossarian is preparing for his imminent death. As I read the book, Heller himself died, which adds a certain element to the book because he places his own name in the text. He also introduces a character that one can really relate to named Lew, which is well worth reading the book to hear his narrative of WWII in Dresden. I did like the original better, but it was nice to know what happened to Yo-Yo, Milo, and the Chaplain.

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