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Catch-22 (Hardcover)

Author:  Joseph Heller Introduction:  Malcolm Bradbury
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0679437223
ISBN-13: 9780679437222
Sku: 30116948
Publish Date: 10/1/1995
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 1.25T
Pages:  624
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It was love at first sight.

The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him. (from the first line)
Catch-22 is like no other novel we have ever read. It has its own style, its own rationale, its own extraordinary character. It moves back and forth from hilarity to horror. It is outrageously funny and strangely affecting. National ads/media.
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Catch-22 is like no other novel we have ever read. It has its own style, its own rationale, its own extraordinary character. It moves back and forth from hilarity to horror. It is outrageously funny and strangely affecting. National ads/media.
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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, Heller's novel tells the story of a bombardier, the hapless Yossarian, who is convinced--quite rightly, of course--that people are trying to kill him.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
Joseph Heller
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.

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"A monumental artifact of contemporary American literature, almost as assured of longevity as the statues on Easter Island...'Catch-22' is a novel that reminds us once again of all that we have taken for granted in our world and should not, the madness we try not to bother to notice, the deceptions and falsehoods we lack the will to try to distinguish from truth." - John W. Aldridge

New York Herald Tribune (1924-1966)
"A wild, moving, shocking, hilarious, raging, exhilarating, giant roller-coaster of a book." - Maurice Dolbier 11/11/1961

Spectator
"An extraordinary book...of enormous richness and art, of deep thought and brilliant writing."

New Republic
"One of the most bitterly funny works in the language...explosive, bitter, subversive, brilliant." - Robert Brustein

New York Times
"Vulgarly, savagely, bitterly funny... A dazzling performance that will outrage nearly as many readers as it delights." - Orville Prescott

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0624
Product attributePublisher:   Everyman's Library
Product attributeSeries Part:   220
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