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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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This story is difficult to read. - Goodreads
Great writing - so clever and witty. - Goodreads
Not a page turner, but definitely worth the read. - Goodreads
Fuck your prose Heller. - Goodreads
The main premise is repeated over and over again. - Goodreads
Heller is a truly great comedic writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Annie - Goodreads

This book is so true, it's ridiculous. This book is so false, it's maddening. Yossarian, our unlikely hero along with his fellow bedmates in a military hospital and later with his platoon , lives ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ricky Santos - Goodreads

My first attempt I quit reading after 200 pages or so and I was lost the entire time! So many characters and backgrounds to remember. Keeping in mind that it's like a classic I wanted to read it but I ... Read full review

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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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