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Closing Time


We all know that sequels can be a problem. Especially if your first novel happens to have been "Catch-22", breathtaking and one of the most significant novels of the twentieth century. Millions of copies sold and a phrase added to the language! The Big Read by the BBC ranked Catch-22 as number 11 on a web poll of the UK's best-loved book. The Observer listed Catch-22 as one of the 100 greatest novels of all time. TIME puts Catch-22 in the top 100 English-language modern novels. The Radcliffe Publishing Course rank Catch-22 as number 15 of the 20th century's top 100 novels. The Modern Library ranked Catch-22 as the 7th greatest English-language novel of the 20th century! Just about any follow-up will be judged a letdown. But here it is! Closing Time! “Closing Time” is a 1994 novel by Joseph Heller, written as a sequel to the popular Catch-22. And as always Joseph Heller did a great job. Closing Time is outrageously funny and totally serious, and as brilliant and successful as Catch-22 itself. In Closing Time, Joseph Heller returns to the characters of Catch-22, now coming to the end of their lives and the century, as is the entire generation that fought in World War II. And funny fact! Although Yossarian was 28 in Catch-22, which took place in 1944, in Closing Time Yossarian is 68, and the time of Catch-22 is referred to as "50 years ago". When asked about the inconsistency in an interview with The New York Times, Heller replied, "I know, but I decided to ignore it." You can listen online to free English audiobook “Closing Time” by Joseph Heller on our website.

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