SOMETHING HAPPENED: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 7, 2011 - Fiction - 576 pages
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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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SOMETHING HAPPENED

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Coming up with a judgment on Something Happened (you'll wait a while for that something to happen — nothing does until the shattering clincher) should be the hottest game of Russian roulette in town ... Read full review

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User Review  - giovannigf - LibraryThing

I couldn't finish this tripe. I loved Catch 22, but what the hell was the problem with this generation of American writers (e.g. Mailer, Roth, Updike, Bellow, etc.) that they were so incredibly misogynist and racist? And egocentric and self-pitying, to boot! Read full review

Contents

get the willies
My wife is unhappy
My daughters unhappy
My little boy is having difficulties
It is not true
Theres no getting away from
My boy has stopped talking to
Nobody knows what Ive done
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Joseph Heller was born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a bombardier in the Second World War and then attended New York University, Columbia, and Oxford University, the last on a Fulbright scholarship. He taught for two years at Pennsylvania State University, before returning to New York, where he began a successful career in the advertising departments of Time, Look, and McCall's magazines. It was during this time that he had the idea for Catch-22. Working on the novel in spare moments and evenings at home, it took him eight years to complete and was first published in 1961. His second novel, Something Happened, was published in 1974, Good As Gold in 1979 and Closing Time in 1994. He is also the author of the play We Bombed in New Haven. Joseph Heller died in 1999.

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