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Simon & Schuster, Sep 4, 1996 - Fiction - 464 pages
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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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Oh the agony --- yet, with a very satisfied ending. - LibraryThing
I liked the ending, though. - LibraryThing
Great ending that really fit the story. - LibraryThing
The writing is blunt and often absurd. - LibraryThing
The plot was in the reader, not the book. - LibraryThing
The ending requires some intellectualization, I think. - LibraryThing

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

User Review  - Jessica Lane - Goodreads

A moving book though set in WWII it echoes with so many themes and ideas that are relevant today. At times dark and disturbing and other beyond comical. Then those weird awkward moments where you want ... Read full review

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

User Review  - JB Lazarte - Goodreads

When Joseph Heller said, through one of his characters in Catch-22, “I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long,” it was as if Heller had opened ... 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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