Something happened

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Dell Publishing, 1989 - Fiction - 530 pages
26 Reviews
Bob Slocum was living the American dream. He had a beautiful wife, three lovely children, a nice house...and all the mistresses he desired. He had it all -- all, that is, but happiness. Slocum was discontent. Inevitably, inexorably, his discontent deteriorated into desolation until...something happened. Something Happened is Joseph Heller's wonderfully inventive and controversial second novel satirizing business life and American culture. The story is told as if the reader was overhearing the patter of Bob Slocum's brain -- recording what is going on at the office, as well as his fantasies and memories that complete the story of his life. The result is a novel as original and memorable as his Catch-22.

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I just loved the writing style. - Goodreads
I love that Heller broke every "rule" of writing. - Goodreads
But, the writing style was really part of the story. - Goodreads
This is not the result of sloppy writing or editing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Leslie Gaunt - Goodreads

I can't say I enjoyed reading this book. But, I can say it will stay with me forever. It was dark, depressing. Bob Slocum is an awful human being, but I still feel sorry for him. Something happened ... Read full review

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User Review  - Martinchen - Goodreads

It's hard to give it 3 stars and say that I 'liked' it - it's one of the most depressing books I've ever read (right up there with Orwell's "A Clergyman's Daughter"). It was an interesting read ... Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1989)

American novelist and dramatist Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on May 1, 1923. Heller started off his writing career by publishing a series of short stories, but he is most famous for his satirical novel Catch-22. Set in the closing months of World War II, Catch-22 tells the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who discovers the horrors of war and its aftereffects. This novel brought the phrase "catch-22," defined in Webster's Dictionary as "a situation presenting two equally undesirable alternatives," into everyday use. Heller wrote Closing Time, the sequel to Catch-22, in 1994. Other novels include As Good As Gold and God Knows. He also wrote No Laughing Matter, an account of his struggles with Guillain-Barr Syndrome, a neurological disorder, in 1986. Thirty-five years after writing his first book, Heller wrote his autobiography, entitled Now and Then: From Coney Island to Here. In his memoirs, Heller reminisces about what it was like growing up in Coney Island in the 1930s and 1940s. On December 13, 1999, Heller died of a heart attack in his home on Long Island. His last novel, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man, was published shortly after his death.

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