By Joseph Heller
A darkly comedian and bold sequel to the yank vintage Catch-22.
In Closing Time, Joseph Heller returns to the characters of Catch-22, now coming to the top in their lives and the century, as is the whole iteration that fought in international struggle II: Yossarian and Milo Minderbinder, the chaplain, and such novices as little Sammy Singer and large Lew, all associated, in an uneasy peace and previous age, scuffling with no longer the Germans this time, however the finish. Closing Time deftly satirizes the realities and the myths of the United States within the part century on account that WWII: the absurdity of our politics, the decline of our society and our nice towns, the greed and hypocrisy of our enterprise and tradition -- with an identical ferocious humor as Catch-22.
Closing Time is outrageously humorous and absolutely critical, and as great and winning as Catch-22 itself, a fun-house replicate that captures, right now grotesquely and thoroughly, the reality approximately ourselves.
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