Catch-22

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Simon & Schuster, Sep 4, 1996 - Fiction - 464 pages
2456 Reviews
Catch-22 is like no other novel. It is one of the funniest books ever written, a keystone work in American literature, and even added a new term to the dictionary.

At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war. His efforts are perfectly understandable because as he furiously scrambles, thousands of people he hasn't even met are trying to kill him. His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he is committed to flying, he is trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he is sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

Catch-22 is a microcosm of the twentieth-century world as it might look to some one dangerously sane -- a masterpiece of our time.

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Excellent book with an excellent ending. - Goodreads
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Review: Catch-22 (Catch-22 #1)

User Review  - Wade Midkiff - Goodreads

I made it through about 20% of the book and had to put it down. I can't remember doing that before. There is no story arc, almost no believable or memorable characters, and the attempts at humor are ... Read full review

Review: Catch-22 (Catch-22 #1)

User Review  - Liam Corriston - Goodreads

Catch-22 is one of the most unique books available, and no one would think about disagreeing. Although it is hailed as an American classic, the novel is not universally loved. The story follows ... Read full review

About the author (1996)

Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn in 1923. In 1961, he published Catch-22, which became a bestseller and, in 1970, a film. He went on to write such novels as Good as Gold, God Knows, Picture This, Closing Time (the sequel to Catch-22), and Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man. Heller died in December 1999.

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