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Closing Time (1994)

de Joseph Heller

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Sèrie: Catch-22 (2)

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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.… (més)
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    Catch-22 de Joseph Heller (Usuari anònim)
    Usuari anònim: The original story of Yossarian and company; "Closing Time" is the sequel.
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    Escorxador-5 de Kurt Vonnegut (Usuari anònim)
    Usuari anònim: Referenced in the story; Kurt Vonnegut was also a good friend of Joseph Heller.
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    The Deer Park de Norman Mailer (posquacchera)
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Oh boy, what to say about the sequel to one of my favorite books... nothing too great. Closing Time was far inferior to Catch 22. I can't even compare them, it's just not fair, but unfortunately it's the easiest way for me to review it. Closing Time was an ok book, that had occasional spurts of comedy, which Heller did so well with Catch 22. The characters were just kind of thrown at you, mostly by getting their own chapter, instead of being introduced in another chapter and getting some background info on them before they were smacked into our faces. And while Catch 22 flowed smoothly, Closing Time was a very confusing maze of happenings, and to be honest I'm still not sure exactly what everything thing that happened meant. They were watching the PABT wedding before it happened, does that mean they were all dead, were they all dead from the beginning of the book? I don't know, I didn't understand it, and I don't think I still do. I can't wait to reread Catch 22, I don't think I will ever reread Closing Time. ( )
  MrMet | Apr 28, 2023 |
Had to give up on this one. Made it to about page 120 and, in the middle of the sentence, just gave up. I simply didn't care, had no idea what was going on, or what this book was about. I'd even tried switching to the audiobook along the way, hoping that would help. It did not.

There's sections where all I read was a summary of a character's life, including one that went on and on about banging every girl he ever wanted, and the character came off like that asshole you likely knew in tenth grade who bragged about all the chicks he'd done.

In Catch-22, everything that shouldn't have worked, worked. In this one, nothing worked. The characters are boring, the dialogue is decidedly unfunny, the pointed jabs are dull and miss the mark, and overall, there is no plot to speak of.

I really wanted to like this one, because I loved Catch-22 so much. This is like a déjà vu of Fight Club, having adored the first one and loathed the follow-up.

The only good thing about this novel is that it got me to re-read the first one again and enjoy it all over again.
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
As a big fan of Catch-22, I was eager to read Closing Time yet at the same time not expecting much.

Part of the story focuses around Sammy Singer, the tailgunner on the plane in which Yossarian fails to save Snowden, and new character Lew Rabinowitz. Most of the rest of the story follows the elderly Yossarian, Chaplain Shipman and Milo Minderbinder.

I found that the story following the characters retained from Catch-22 were full of the outrageous and witty anecdotes that you'd expect to find in a Heller novel. To my surprise, the introduction of Milo's son, nicknamed M2, is a welcome addition to the story and he fits in perfectly with the classic characters.
Where, I feel, the novel lacks is in the sections on Singer and Rabinowitz. These parts just lack the charm and ridiculousness that people familiar with Heller would come to expect.

Overall, while this book is certainly a long way off its prequel in terms of quality, I think that this should be considered entirely separately to Catch-22 and it is definitely worth a read for those who are curious. ( )
2 vota GeorgeW49 | Mar 27, 2012 |
ספר עצוב בשני מובנים, גם הנושא - מוות וזקנה וגם ההתדרדרות של הלר כסופר. דש בנוסטלגיה אינסופית במלכוד 22 והספר נמשך עד אין סוף. ( )
  amoskovacs | Dec 24, 2011 |
Jag skulle inte ha läst den här. Den är tråkig. Det tyckte jag ju i stort om "Moment 22" också.
Heller kan vara fantastisk långrandig och lägga ut texten i ämnen som är mig totalt egala. Och detaljer som överhuvudtaget inte intresserar mig. Jag begriper inte vad "Sluspel" vill säga. Men det är pompöst nog för att göra anspråk på att vilja ha någonting sagt. Eller också är det så enkelt att "om vi inte sköter våra kort bättre snart, kommer presidenten av misstag starta ett fasansfullt krig som vi alla går under i..." Dah!
Men ibland, särskilt i dialogen, blir Heller faktisk ganska rolig. Det räddar omdömet något. ( )
  helices | Jun 11, 2010 |
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Interview:
In 'Sluitingstijd', zoals de Nederlandse vertaling luidt, maakt Heller de balans op van de afgelopen vijftig jaar. De belangrijkste personages uit Catch-22 maken opnieuw hun opwachting zoals Yossarian, de eigenzinnige luchtmachtkanonnier, en Milo Minderbinder, de dubieuze regelneef die zijn werkterrein verlegd heeft naar de wapenindustrie. Yossarians commentaar op het gekonkel van de politici en schimpscheuten aan het adres van de president, die het hele boek door consequent wordt aangeduid met 'het lulletje', sluiten direct aan op de satirische toonzetting van Catch-22.
 
Interview:
Heeft u met Closing Time een allesomvattend boek willen schrijven, een meesterproef van alle mogelijke genres en stijlen?

“Niet van alle mogelijke stijlen, maar wel van de stijlen die mij ter beschikking stonden. Het was een boek waarvan ik het gevoel had: dit moet ik nu schrijven, want zoveel jaren resten me niet meer. En gaandeweg kwam ik erachter dat mijn beheersing van de taal nog steeds groeiende is. Dat verbaasde me, want het schrijven zelf wordt er niet makkelijker op met de jaren. The longer we do it, the harder it gets.”
afegit per bewogenlucht | editaNRC Boeken, Pieter Steinz (Mar 17, 1995)
 

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Joseph Hellerautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Carrero, NataliaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kerrigan, AntoniaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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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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