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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1451626657
ISBN-13: 9781451626650
Sku: 217205468
Publish Date: 4/5/2011
Pages:  523
Edition Number:  50
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A fiftieth anniversary edition of "Catch-22, "one of the twentieth century''s most revered novels.
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A fiftieth anniversary edition of Catch-22, one of the twentieth century's most revered novels.
Joseph Heller's manic, bleak, blackly humorous, and brilliant novel has become a classic of American literature, and "Catch-22" has entered the language as a term describing a no-win situation. Set during the last months of World War II, the novel tells the story of an Air Force bombardier, the hapless Yossarian, who is convinced--quite rightly, of course--that people are trying to kill him. The famous "catch" is that the terrified Yossarian, who constantly and by increasingly inventive means tries to persuade his superiors that he is crazy and should be grounded, can't be grounded because his fear of dying proves that he is sane--and so he is assigned to more and more bombing missions. Heller makes the horrors of war, which include Yossarian's traumatized reliving of the particularly grisly death of a friend, into comedy with the help of a Dickensian cast of characters, including the elusive Major Major Major Major, the blackmarket profiteer Milo Minderbinder, the photographer Hungry Joe, and the wonderfully named parade-loving Lieutenant Scheisskopf. Based on Heller's own war experiences, CATCH-22 was published in 1961 and was considered shocking because it viewed World War II as anything but the glorious, romantic adventure depicted in many postwar movies and books. Heller's novel became one of the defining texts for Vietnam War protestors in the late '60s and early '70s because of its fierce, irreverent denunciation of war and bureaucracy. An interesting sidelight on the book is that Heller originally titled it CATCH-18, but the change was made because Leon Uris's WWII novel, MILA 18, had just been published.
Author Bio
Christopher Buckley
Son of conservative writer and pundit William F. Buckley, "the only child of parents who were very busy at becoming famous," Christopher Buckley grew up in Connecticut and was educated at various Catholic schools, including one run by Benedictine monks. Before heading for Yale, he worked as a deckhand on a tramp steamer and sailed around the world. At Yale, he edited the Yale Daily News and, at the age of 24, became managing editor of Esquire. In 1980 he was drafted by President George Bush as a speechwriter; his satirical first novel, THE WHITE HOUSE MESS, based on his Washington experience, was published in 1988. In 2008, Buckley wrote a regular column for the National Review, which was published on the back page of the magazine. However, he caused a serious stir in conservative circles when he wrote an article that appeared on a website during the heat of the presidential campaign, entitled "Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama." When Buckley offered to resign from the magazine his father had founded, his resignation was quickly accepted. When asked by Deborah Solomon of the New York Times if he had expected the magazine to accept his offer, Buckley answered, "Well, I--no. No, I didn't."

Born and raised in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, Heller attended City College and flew 60 bombing missions for the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. Out of that experience came CATCH-22, largely ignored by critics and public at first, but soon widely celebrated as the first truly comic war novel; he wrote a sequel to it, CLOSING TIME, in 1994. Heller worked in advertising and taught literature at his alma mater and at Yale; during the Vietnam War he was an outspoken critic of U.S. policies. In 1981 he contracted a rare nerve disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, which left him paralyzed for nearly a year, an experience he wrote about in his non-fiction book, NO LAUGHING MATTER. He has written a total of six novels and a volume of autobiography, as well as screenplays, scripts for TV, and one (not very successful) play. Toward the end of his life, Heller commented, "It used to shock me and alarm me and discourage me that there was a general decline of everything of value. But it doesn't surprise me anymore. It seems inevitable and natural and there's no way to resist it.'' Heller was married twice and had a son and a daughter. He died of a heart attack at 76.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeEdition:   0050
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0523
Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster
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