Title: Closing Time
Author: Heller, Joseph
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York
Publication Date: 1994
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: NF
D-j Condition: F
Comments: Remainder mark on bottom edge. Faint scratch on front board. Tiny smudge on top edge.
Synopsis: Thirty-three years and over ten million copies later…the classic story continues. Yossarian returns — older, if not wiser — to face a new foe. An instant classic when published in 1961, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 still ranks among the funniest — and most serious — novels ever written about war. Now Heller has dared to write the sequel to his 10-million copy bestseller, using many of Catch-22‘s characters to deftly satirize the realities and the myths of America in the half century since they fought World War II. In Closing Time, a comic masterpiece in its own right, Heller spears the inflated balloons of our national consciousness — the absurdity of our politics, the decline of society and our great cities, the greed and hypocrisy of our business and culture — with the same ferocious humor that he used against the conventional view of warfare. Back again are characters familiar from Catch-22, including Yossarian and Milo Minderbinder, the chaplain, and little Sammy Singer, as they come to the end of their lives and the end of the century — all linked, this time, in uneasy peace and old age…fighting not the Germans, but The End. Outrageously funny and totally serious, and as brilliant and successful as Catch-22 itself, Closing Time is a fun-house mirror that captures, at once grotesquely and accurately, the truth about ourselves.