Catch-22

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Simon & Schuster, Sep 4, 1996 - Fiction - 464 pages
85 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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Just felt a little odious about that ending. - Goodreads
The pace is manic but also slow when it needs to be. - Goodreads
This is because very little of the novel is plot-based. - Goodreads

Read it for the characters, not the story.

User Review  - aadi jain - Flipkart

Must read for those interested in understanding the intricacies of the human behavior. Yossarian, the central and only sane character in this book, is at the center around which all other characters ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rajiv Ojha - Flipkart

A classic book studded with unique characters who will make you smile in any circumstances. I am reading this book for the fifth time. It is a classic book that elevates your mood, makes you smile ... 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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