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Book Title: Closing Time: The Sequel to Catch-22|
The author of the book: Joseph Heller
Edition: Simon & Schuster (a)
Date of issue: July 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780671505721
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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.
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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 year working as a blacksmith's apprentice, a messenger boy, and a filing clerk. In 1942, at age 19, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. Two years later he was sent to Italy, where he flew 60 combat missions as a B-25 bombardier. Heller later remembered the war as "fun in the beginning... You got the feeling that there was something glorious about it." On his return home he "felt like a hero... People think it quite remarkable that I was in combat in an airplane and I flew sixty missions even though I tell them that the missions were largely milk runs."
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